Ted Cooney Founder
Ted’s a native Marylander, married to the same wonderful north country girl for over 20 years. Oysters aside, their
3 children are the coolest crop they’ve been raising. Aidan, serving his country in the US Coast
Guard. Erin, swinging the world by the tail in college out in Phoenix, AZ and Maeve, preparing
to storm the gates and head out into the world all too soon.
That’s today but where has he been? Ted hitch hiked about 25,000 miles during his
college years. Twice to California and back. Once across Canada to Alaska and a fist full of trips
up and down the east coast between Maine and Florida. By the tail end of those wanderings he
had earned a BS in Biology from the University of Maine.
After school, still not ready to settle down Ted joined the Peace Corps and spent over 2
years doing aquaculture work in equatorial Africa. He celebrated the end of his time there by
paddling a dugout canoe with some pals hundreds of miles down the Sankuru to the Kasai and
finally into the Congo River.
Following the frying pan of equatorial Africa it only made sense to cool off in
Alaska for a couple years. Home was a tiny log cabin near the coast. Work was the back
deck of a variety of commercial fishing vessels from long liners to crab boats with a
sprinkling of drift netting for good measure. Those years included two seasons out of
Dutch Harbor on King crab boats where it became evident that life might last longer if
he learned how to build boats and let some other fool spend time on the back deck.
So then it was off to England to spend a year learning the wooden boat building trade. Okay it takes more than a year to do that but it was a good start anyway. Then back home to work for 8 years as a boat carpenter on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake.
For 20 years Ted piloted a desk as a partner in a Healthcare Financial Services Company, raising a family and doing that stable thing. Then that feeling of being like the Maytag repairman (remember those commercials?) overtook him and Madhouse was born. Midlife crisis? Maybe. Good oysters? DEFFINITELY.