Ted Rodosovich keeps La Jolla’s thinkers on their tippy toes
Ted Rodosovich was born to steel mill workers in northeast Ohio. Via athletics (football, boxing – he was Heavyweight Champ U.S.M.A. 1960-61), he was able to attend West Point and later graduate from The University of Cincinnati. His business and teaching career mixed. He played some pro football (1965-66 NFL Baltimore Colts and CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers) until a permanent leg injury.
Now retired, the self-taught science buff is an activist touting atheism, veganism and Democratic Socialism. A longtime Poway resident, Rodosovich moved to La Jolla 12 years ago after a divorce. He has two adult children and four grandchildren.
He said he is a facilitator, ambassador and mediator “for other hanger-outer local yokels late afternoons between Whole Foods and Peets Coffee at The Shops at La Jolla Village Square.
“This quote fits us: ‘The Earth shifted on its axis and everything loose fell into Southern California,’ ” he said.
What brought you to La Jolla?
As a very successful 43-year-old Midwesterner (from Ohio) transacting investments and commodities, I looked at the senior partners in my firm and realized, “This is it?” It was 1985 and I was about to head to Naples, Florida with the (now ex) wife and kids, but after a first-time visit to my sis and her lifer Navy hubby in Chula Vista, I decided San Diego trumped the Florida skeeters and humidity.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
Aside from getting our dog owners to pick up after Rover, I would love to see more of our area’s considerable cadre of scientists and their organizations come out as the atheists they admit to being in private.
Why? A recent university study disclosed that we taxpayers are handing out at least $71,000,000,000 PER YEAR in religious exemptions. A minimum, mind you. It could be double or triple that given more data transparency.
Instead of subsidizing the “edifice complexes” to nonexistent deities worshipped by those who then intrude on the workings of governments and the lives of individuals, our tax revenues could significantly be better applied to more worthwhile projects — like getting us humans out there colonizing other hunks of rock in the galaxy; thus vastly improving our survival by not having all of our money down on one piece of real estate.
(To add insult to injury by upping the handouts even more, the U.S. Congress, our new rep included, just passed HR-592 (Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013) by a wide margin.
Who or what inspires you?
The underdog fighting the odds; add to that grace under pressure; persistence; humility; charity. Sandbox stuff.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
My invitees would include entrepreneur Elon Musk; my maternal Slovak grandparents (they died before I could see them); Nikola Tesla and Mileva Maric Einstein (both from my paternal Serbian lineage); Pancho Villa; Lucretius; and, for laughs, Pope Joan.
What are you currently reading?
“Russka,” “String Theory for Dummies,” and “The Swerve.”
What is it you most dislike?
a) Apathy, when it comes to interest in and informing oneself for voting;
b) People who let “prescriptors” (not drugs) define their lives for them, especially with silly ideas about the supernatural.
What is your most-prized possession?
IMO, the Buddhists have it right. It’s OK to love someone, something, but don’t become attached because time and matter are fleeting. So, the fact that I have for 70+ years been able to rise (mostly) clear headed and sally forth to meet the day is truly a prize!
What do you do for fun?
Learn, discuss, debate.
What is your philosophy of life?
“To thine own self be true.” “Know thyself.” “Show me the damn evidence!” and “Carpe piso mojado.”
What would be your dream vacation?
A long-enough visit to the Nordic Scandinavian countries to vacuum up their approach to government, economics and politics.
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