Ted Williams, 1918-2002
The family of Ted Williams is feuding over what should be done with the slugger's remains. His son wants to deep-freeze Williams's corpse for future revival or cloning. But according to his daughter, the Red Sox Hall of Famer wanted to be cremated. What do you think?
What ever Teddy wanted. If he wanted to be cremated you should cremate him!
Gary Costello, Lowell
Somewhere in the middle of the Ted Williams Tunnel an alcove should be carved out where Ted's cryogenically perseved head can be displayed in a jar, holy relic style. Rumors of spontaneous healings and increased in RBI would then justify necessary toll increases to pay off the Big Dig.
james dowd, gloucester, Ma
It doesn't matter what the public or his friends think. Lets see what his will says and go with that.
Jon Marcus, Andover, MA
I really believe it is very important that Ted Williams' last wishes be acknowledged. If his son can't do that for him, what kind of a person is he? It makes me sick to my stomach that someone could be that selfish and greedy. Maybe he wants to inject some of his fathers DNA into his own body, since he totally stinks at baseball.
If he wanted to be cremated than his wishes should be honored. I think it's sick and disgusting that his own child would have so little regard for his wishes. If anyone was in doubt as to whether John Henry was nothing more than an money grubbing scam artist completely devoid of an trace of human decancy, this little stunt should settle that argument.
It seems painfully obvious that Ted Williams should be cremated as he told all those closest to him over the last few years of his life. Evidently the only one he forgot to tell was his money grubbing son. Maybe he thinks that by storing and using his father's DNA he may become a baseball player because what I have seen of his skills, that is the only way he is going to do it.
Mark, Humarock, MA
Perhaps the controversy is fitting now in that it offers a more balanced view of Ted - provides a fuller picture. Ted was heroic in "some" ways - in baseball, and war and charity, yet in one of the most key areas of life - family and family relationships - he was flawed it appears beyond a doubt. You can criticize John Henry and his older sister all you want, yet JH and she are in good measure a product of their Dad. When JH was just a kid in Vermont, where was Ted - off in the Florida keys and on fishing trips. Some hero. It appears the classic - treat strangers (the public) well yet ignore or hurt those closest to you. Cause and reaction - you disappear repeatedly while your kid needs you, why the surprise if he wants to ice you to keep you around - same thing - you make money while ignoring your kid's wishes - makes sense to a degree JH may be inclined to do the same. It simply makes sense in a cause reaction sort of way - not that it's right - only that it makes sense. This is the stuff that Shaughnessy balks at writing about - he thinks he's writing the hard stuff attacking JH, that he's being brave, yet that's the easy stuff because lots and lots of folks have already attacked JH. It's old hat Dan - anybody could swing out there. At first I thought this was a shame that the family stuff was happening - spoiling a good thing, cause I really, really enjoyed the early Ted coverage and loved the idea of a reveling in a hero, yet at least to some degree it is quite fitting and a truer picture of a man and perhaps many other men like him, and I'd rather have a truer picture of what's occuring, than good Ted, or even good Ted and bad JH, because I'm pretty sure the true story is much larger than that.
John Henry has spent way too much time watching bad science fiction movies and way too little time thinking through the scientific, moral and ethical consequences of human cloning. From all appearances it seems as though he has embarked on another doomed business venture that celebrates his ego, greed and lack of common sense, disregards the wishes of his father and trounces upon the emotions of his family and his father's adoring fans.
Botch Casually, Quincy
I think John Henry should be the one frozen for all eternity.
Beth Neiman, Newton