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Friends and family of the late Ted Riehle recently gathered on his beloved Savage Island for a final salute to the author of Vermont's anti-billboard law. The event had Riehle written all over it, from the sanctioned skinny dipping to the ash-sprinkling fly-over. The celebration was dubbed, appropriately, "Spread Ted."

They just don't make em like "Big Ted" anymore — an eccentric, nudist Republican who was living off the grid way before the term "energy-efficient" was coined. I got to know Riehle while I was profiling him for Seven Days. He was a compelling "subject" who quickly became a friend. Here's my initial take on him.

My final take: He would have appreciated the stunt factor of being released from a plane — Riehle was a pilot — along the west coast of Savage on a beautiful summer day.

Photo by Matthew Thorsen.

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Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies... more

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