Donaldson, Ted

Ted Donaldson 1944
Ted Donaldson 1944
Ted Donaldson 1949
Ted Donaldson 1949

Ted Donaldson

The references to “Rusty” below are made clear by movie critic Scott MacGillivray: “Columbia’s ‘Rusty’ series of the late 1940s were small-town dramas centering around Danny (Ted Donaldson, one of the better juvenile actors) and his German shepherd Rusty (a handsome animal)”.

From the 1946 Mar-Ken Intermediate & Junior High School Yearbook:
Ted Donaldson is the Junior High School Semester II class Treasurer.

CLASS AMBITIONS: Ted Donaldson as everyone knows is an actor in pictures. He wishes to become one of the top actors of the time. He has been in radio and wishes to continue in it.

Ted served as an advertising salesman for the Mar-Ken Journal.

WOULD HISTORY CHANGE: If Ted didn’t work so much?

Contributions to the Yearbook:

The sun looks down upon the hills,
Upon the soil where farmers till.
To till the soil, ‘pon which the sun beats down,
And to have his crop yield a golden brown.

To set each man in his individual place,
To make each man walk his own decisive pace.
It sets him under an apple tree,
And sets him wondering ‘pon the things he sees.

And if we were to ride on a golden cloud,
We would shout, and shout, and shout very loud.
And the Sun would look on us and be proud,
And we would shout, and shout, and shout very loud.

– Ted Donaldson


The first thing you must know, is that my hobby is magic. Almost every Friday night I go to the Hollywood Magic Shop near Vine Street. There is a club for kids there and every Friday night several youngsters do a show.

The moment you do one you become a member of the club. About eight weeks ago they started a contest. All members would do a show. About two every time, for eight weeks. The winner of each week would compete in the final contest. The winner of the final contest would receive a prize. Well, I’m a member so I was called upon to do a show.

Luckily for me, I’ve been doing lots of magic shows with one set routine. But for this week, I felt it needed something else. So, I worked up a new trick. Friday night finally came and I went to the club. There was another fellow doing a show the same night. He went on first. Everybody seemed to like it. After his show, he received a very good ovation. Now it was my turn. I got up, went through (at least to me) without anything going wrong.

By the way, the winner is recorded by applause. Well, the M.C. held his hand over one fellow. Applause. There I was, I didn’t know to whom he pointed. Then, suddenly applause for another fellow.

I’m competing in the finales. Seems like I won that night.

– Ted Donaldson

From the 1947 Mar-Ken School Yearbook:
Ted was a member of the Los Buenos Vecinos (The Good Neighbors Club) in 1947.
1947 Freshman Predictions: Ted Donaldson will be an author.

From the 1948 Sophomore Biographies in the Mar-Ken School Yearbook:
Name: Ted Donaldson
Born: August 20
Where: New York, N.Y.
Ambition: Actor
Pet Peeve: People who ask questions
Talent: Acting
Saying: Yes !!!
Can you imagine: Ted Donaldson not making pictures?
Ted Donaldson confesses: I wasn’t working all the time I was out of school.

From the 1949 Mar-Ken Yearbook “49’er” biographies:
Case Number IX: Ted Donaldson (August 20th)
Still another New Yorker come to our western frontier to brave all hazards in digging for a large strike, and a large strike he is aiming for as a playwrite, director, producer and actor (a laudable ambition indeed). In which of these fields his talent prevails, he isn’t sure, but we think he is pretty good in all of them, as shown by the Mar-Ken Jamboree Night. His enjoyments in life are: listening to good music, Mrs. Bessire’s classes in Orientation and Humanities. At the present time Ted seems to be attempting to invent a method of starting a car without turning on the ignition.
Can you imagine Ted Donaldson disliking Cole Porter or Rodgers and Hart?
Favorite saying: It’s my environment, you know
Suppressed desire: To strike back at Carmen when she hits him.

From the 1949 Mar-Ken Yearbook: “Guess Who”:
This one you may be “Rusty” on
For the Jamboree he started the combust-ion
In his new car give him recognition
But next time he should turn on his ignition.

Ted is a Mar-Ken School National Honor Society member and a member of Sigma Gamma Lambda.

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