I was notified of the passing of Ted Tillotson this morning. I did not know him, but Gary Kelley sure did.
Gary allowed me to use his Facebook posting to spread the sad news here.
"I'm saddened to write this post and will admit it took me some time to get up the courage. Ted Tillotson long time radio sidekick, radio news anchor, writer, instructor and tremendous friend passed away last Friday night. Ted was an instrumental force in the KGB Boss Radio Era of the 60s and 70s. His name is etched in stone on the KCBQ monument in front of the In & Out Burger in Santee along with other greats from San Diego Radio. For me personally Ted was my sidekick and friend on the original KPRI San Diego's Best Rock from 1977 to 1984, and again at The Eagle in the late 90s. I used to tease him that he graduated high school the same year I was born. It was that kind of friendship and his creativity that made KPRI a force in San Diego Morning Radio market for many years. He wrote and stared in daily radio episodes on the life and times of Sammy Surfer and his girlfriend Monica. Monica was taken from the real broken heart Ted felt when his own wife left him. I don't think he really ever got over her but out of respect he changed her name from Kathy to Monica. That radio satire helped Ted heal over the years and made thousands of San Diegan's laugh every morning. Sammy was the local surf dude that you would imagine on the streets of OB today, he just happened to do the surf report in between Led Zeppelin and Van Halen records. Back then I was a child with a bad habit of winging it, Ted was the genius that I was given the privilege to observe and know for a great deal of my life. I'm learning to live with the reality that from this point on he will only live in my memories. Sometimes it sucks getting older and loosing the ones you love. As good friend Sandi Banister said this week, "Long Live Sammy Surfer"."
Gary thank you for your help here.
Also, please check out Ted's Amazon page for his books he has listed. See that HERE