Teddy and his two sisters lived behind the S&S Restaurant at 1803 West Street, Annapolis, which was operated by his family. Prior to going to Germantown Elementary School and Greek School. Social interaction was limited to playing with his many cousins and a few kids who lived in the rental cabins behind the S&S.
One event for little Teddy was out of the ordinary: On October 30, 1953, mother Evangeline pulled 7-year old Teddy out of his Germantown Elementary School 2nd Grade pre-Halloween party, where Teddy was dressed in an embarrassing outfit: the skirt of the Greek Evzone palace guards. Unbeknown to him, Teddy was being driven to join a crowd outside of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, where King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece, on a US tour, came to Annapolis to lay a wreath at the crypt of John Paul Jones. The King and Queen had been given formal military honors, with 21 gun salutes. (Annapolis Greek-American Joyce Characklis, an administrator at the Naval Academy, played a large role in producing this event).
What followed was over five decades of a successful partnership between Ted and Linda, with the highlight of their lives being their four children (Anastasia, Angela, Richard, and Alexandra), and nine grandchildren, most of whom live in or near the Annapolis area. All daughters were married, and many grandchildren were baptized, in Greek Orthodox churches, mostly at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church. Members of the extended family have been involved in community affairs including teaching or being taught in Sunday School and Greek School, Christmas pageants, Greek Festivals, and Greek Folk dancing. Daughter Alexandra exhibited coolness in not reacting to the loss of her kerchief in this video clip from the 1992 Greek Folk Dance
Ted and Linda moved due to career opportunities. Leaving their house in Hillsmere, across the street from Ted’s Dad & Mom’s and Sister’s houses, they moved to and from New Orleans, Crofton, Huntsville Alabama, and back to Crofton, where they settled down for four decades. Linda stayed at home to raise the four children, then subsequently returned to college to complete graduate work leading to licensure as a counselor; she practiced as a professional counselor for 15 years, before retiring. Ted ran contracting programs for NASA and the Department of Energy, and private industry, including:
- Strategic Petroleum Reserve
- Tracking and Relay Satellite System
- Renewable Energy program, including establishing the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Hubble Space Telescope
- Space Shuttle Propulsion (Solid Rocket Booster, Main Engine, External Tank)
Ted, Linda, and family have enjoyed the good life along the Chesapeake Bay, having cruised its waters along both the Eastern and Western Shores for the better part of five decades, including many day trips to ports along the Bay and many overnights. Add camping, frequently visiting historical sites from Boston to Charleston and Linda’s birthplace of New Orleans, a dozen vacations in Yellowstone Park, and many other trips along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Baja California, western Europe from Greece to Ireland, and cruises to the Caribbean and Atlantic & Pacific seacoasts. Ted and Linda were season ticket holders for three decades in support of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens, and Navy, plus hundreds of Orioles games, including both Ravens Super Bowls and many Orioles World Series games. A favorite hobby has been going on Ravens road trips to most of the NFL stadiums and many away Orioles games.