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Flexing his creative muscles

Musician-inventor finds inspiration at Peabody community

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October 14th, 2016
Brooksby’s “Mr. Music,” Ted Good, plays the piano in his apartment at the Peabody, Mass., community.

Brooksby’s “Mr. Music,” Ted Good, plays the piano in his apartment at the Peabody, Mass., community.

Ted Good’s piano melodies greet you even before you knock on the door of his apartment at Brooksby Village. Ted’s nickname around the Peabody, Mass., community is “Mr. Music.” He lives up to the moniker.

Ted moved to Brooksby in 2003 from Andover after he retired from teaching music at The Pike School.

“My mother was a piano teacher, so I grew up around music,” says Ted. “I also learned to play the trumpet, the tenor sax, and the flute.”

At Brooksby, Ted’s love of music soon translated into a full social calendar. He plays with the Irregulars, Brooksby’s longtime band, sings with a barbershop group, and until recently, he directed the Protestant Faith Choir. 

“I’m fortunate to have so many musical outlets at Brooksby,” says Ted. “There are plenty of options here, both for those who enjoy making music and those who enjoy listening to it.”

Inspired woodworking

But music isn’t Ted’s only creative outlet. He’s also an inventor, someone who likes to tinker with new possibilities.

Brooksby’s woodshop is another venue where Ted can flex his creative muscles.

Over the years, Ted has crafted unique toys—a wooden garbage truck that dispenses M&M candies and a cradle that plays “Brahm’s Lullaby” when a doll is placed inside.

Ted’s latest creation, however, falls in the category of practical, rather than whimsical, inventions. After suffering a stroke, Ted made a remarkable recovery but still finds it difficult to look down for long periods of time. 

“I designed a solution in my head,” says Ted. “Then I took it to the woodshop to see if I could make my idea a reality.”

Assisted by the head of the woodworkers, Bill Phelan, Ted built a table-desk solution that fits easily onto a rolling walker.

“Once I started using the prototype, I started to realize all its possibilities,” says Ted, whose invention, the “Tedesque,” is patent-pending. 

Budding entrepreneur

Built from lauan plywood, the Tedesque can lie flat or swivel to form a slanted surface, perfect for resting a book or laptop computer. It’s held in place on the rolling walker with any two straight objects; Ted uses ballpoint pens.

“It’s a simple design, but it has endless possibilities,” says Ted.

Thanks to shows like ABC’s Shark Tank, budding entrepreneurs have a national platform to showcase their ideas and designs. Asked if he has any plans to promote his invention, Ted says he’s open to possibilities.

“I’m exploring ways to get the Tedesque in front of a greater audience,” says Ted. “If nothing else, I hope it opens people’s minds to what they can imagine and create.”