May 31, 2011

Ted Mann Discovers Ted Nugent is His Dad

Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent
Grown-up adoptees who find their birth parents stories are a dime a dozen these days, right? It’s much easier than it used to be to find that information if you want it. But let’s say you find out your dad is Ted Nugent. Would that be weird?

That’s what happened to New York restauranteur Ted Mann. Turns out Ted’s father is another Ted, the one who wrote “Cat Scratch Fever” and is really into hunting.

This New Yorker article by Reeves Wiedeman summarizes the story for you and features a few choice anecdotes, including a visit to the Howard Stern Show and Ted Mann’s reaction when he arrived at the Nugent homestead: “There he was, standing on his porch with his big cowboy hat. I thought I was gonna throw up or jump out of the car and run off his property.”

Mann did not vomit (as far as we know) nor did he run away. He did some hunting with poppa Ted, who now sends his son “random shots of everything he kills now.” Mann seems to be pleased to connect with the father he never knew, despite the fact that he grew up feeling loved, according to the New Yorker.

Nugent seems to be enjoying spending time with Mann as well. Ted Sr. tells the magazine: “in the typical Nugent condition of excess, we have caught up with more meaningful father-son time in the past six months than a lot of fathers and sons probably ever get.” I won’t spoil the last line for you; just read the whole article. It’s short.

Cat Scratch Fever image via Amazon