Many spoke of his humanitarian and environmental efforts that including donating $1 billion to establish the United Nations Foundation; creating the Captain Planet television series and working with Nunn on the eradication of weapons of mass destruction.
“Ted Turner, by every definition, by every example, is a great man,” Reed said.
Martin described Turner as a “visionary” who has “added quite a few dimensions to the world.”
Clayton — a longtime employee of Turner's — said the famous Atlantan and former owner of the Atlanta Braves is still reeling from the team's move to Cobb County in 2017, not to mention the uncertain future of the stadium that bears his name. Clayton told the crowd that Turner said if he was still in charge, the baseball club wouldn't leave city limits. She hopes the street in some way softens the sting.
“He lost the Braves, but we’re giving him a street. We can travel down the street and remember his great works,” Clayton said. “This man will never die in our minds … because he’s done so much for us to remember.”
Turner, an aging but nonetheless formidable presence at 76 years old, sat quietly in the blazing heat. Though known for his controversial and at-times brash remarks, Turner said little on this day.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, but I really do,” he told the crowd. “Thanks for coming out in the heat and enjoying it with me.”
John Seydel, Turner's grandson and son of Rutherford and Laura Turner Seydel, spoke eloquently of his grandfather's many endeavors, summing up Turner's life mission as "to save everything."
“He’s indeed a true Captain Planet,” Seydel said.