Nantucket Portraits

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Reverend Ted Anderson

Rob Smith

Can you tell us about some of your experiences in archaeology?

"I was working at Tel Gezer [Israel], which is an old site. The area that I was in charge of was about 1350 B.C.... very interesting. I had the good luck to strike a destructed level; an area that had been destroyed during a war. And everything that had been in the house was buried under debris and stuff like that. We found some interesting things, for intstance, the base of a big alabaster bowl from Egypt... a little Bes god from Egypt as well, a couple of Mitannian cylinder seals. It was a pretty sophisticated area. And that's the stuff I love. I'm very interested in the the pre-historic excavations, but frankly they're a bit boring, I find, to conduct. But when you get into the Bronze Age, it gets pretty interesting."

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What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

"I feel my ministry on Nantucket... I'd see that as a lifetime accomplishment. Not that it was all that 'big time' of an accomplishment, but there are some things about it I'm quite pleased with."

Like what?

"For instance, getting Nantucket through the AIDS crisis, and helping to change the attitude towards gays, and founding the Nantucket AIDS Network. That took a lot more doing than one might imagine. It was difficult to get people to be open and honest about it. There were a lot of negative attitudes towards it... but sometimes you just have to go ahead and do what's right, or what you think is right, and sometimes it's painful."

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Do you have any advice for my generation (millennials)?

"Save the Earth. You're the last generation that will have that opportunity."

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Subject: Reverend Ted Anderson
Location: Two Sheds Farm
Date: November 28th, 2015

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Robert Smith is a local landscape and portrait photographer. He will soon begin building a website to feature his work, and will also shortly provide links to his Flickr and Instagram accounts. He can be reached at 508-221-6926