Ted Koppel is a Prepper

Ted Koppel has a new book out called “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” Yikes!


Now don’t be all “Cam you’re just a pessimist …” I didn’t write this book. I just happened to notice it was out there. I don’t know much about Ted Koppel. He hosted “Nightline” on ABC for years, which I think came on after the 11 pm news, which meant it started at 11:30 pm, just 2 ½ hours after my bedtime. So I just know him from when he hosted the main ABC News. But he seems to be a well-respected journalist.

Somehow he came upon this topic of what would happen if the electricity grid got hacked. Again, not my idea. But I certainly have touched on such a scenario in my books “Thriving During Challenging Times” and more recently “The Sensible Prepper.”

First off, who ever thought it would be a good idea to tie our valuable and critical infrastructure into a human constructed computer network, prone to being taken over by unfriendly individuals or organizations? No really. Think about that.

But that’s a moot point. It is what it is, and apparently this is now a reasonable possibility, or at least reasonable enough that a well-known journalist with a great reputation deemed it important enough to research into book form.

And he seems to have found enough experts who feel it’s not a matter of ‘if’ the grid ever gets hacked, it’s “when.”

The book description on the Penguin Random House website talks about how the book talks to some ‘preppers.’ I’m on the waiting list to get it from the library, so I haven’t read it yet.

But I did watch an interview with Ted on TVO’s “The Agenda” the other night. You can watch it here:


After you get over Steve Paiken being awestruck meeting one of his idols (apparently he’s better at staying up late than I am) Steve gets into the whole ‘prepper’ thing. And Ted basically says that, yes he’s a prepper. Well, he says he has food stored, has water stored, and has a generator … but since ‘prepper’ seems to carry a negative connotation, thanks to shows like “Doomsday Preppers”, he seems reticent to just come out and say yea, I’m a prepper. He’s just prepared I guess.

And you know what. Being a prepper is a good thing. Being a prepper is what humans have done since we started walking upright. Our grandparents were preppers, only they didn’t call themselves that. They just knew that if there was an ice storm, it was no big deal. As opposed to today where an ice storm represents a huge emergency, with a huge chunk of the population in dire straits very quickly.

So from all of this I suggest we roll back the clock to 1979 when this commercial was playing.

As someone who often blathers on about the joy of drinking Dr. Pepper, this is a natural fit for me. And of course it’s where I discovered that I was ‘unique’ and cool for drinking a soft drink. Who knew?

So I say we all take this song and sing it, substituting ‘pepper’, with ‘prepper’… in other words “I’m a prepper, he’s a prepper, she’s a prepper, wouldn’t you love to be a prepper too…”

To which you should answer, yes, I want to be a prepper too.

To which I respond, alright then, you won’t regret it. And yes, here comes the inevitable pitch, I believe “The Sensible Prepper” takes a logical, realistic approach to the topic. You don’t have to break the bank with a 20-year supply of freeze-dried food. That would be great if you can afford it, but I think there are lots of easier and cheaper ways to do it. And that’s what I talk about.

I believe we should all strive to be like our grandparents and get to the stage where an extended power outage is no big deal. We have the technology; we just need the will to get started. I would suggest that when the Ted Koppels of the world start waving the ‘prepper’ flag, it’s time to get crackin’. And yes, any good prepper supply strategy should include copious quantities of Dr. Pepper, because, really, you should be happy during the glitch in the matrix. And the sugar buzz will allow you to be way more productive than you otherwise would. Now bring on the zombpocalypse!

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Thanks to SS for her recent generous donation to the Tip Jar!

2 Responses to “Ted Koppel is a Prepper”

  • j:

    Wonder if it’s legal to buy an ebook and print it out so the technology isn’t as much as an issue

  • I’ve downloaded my copy Cam, and I’ll post a review on Amazon when I’ve finished reading it.

    In recent months I’ve switched from buying paper books to downloading the e-book version, mainly because I’m preparing for a major international relocation and it’s hard to take heavy things like books with me. E-books may not sound very prepper-ish – after all, they depend on advanced technology to make them readable. However, I take comfort in the fact that for every recording medium which has ever been invented, from Victorian wax phonograph cylinders onwards, there still exist machines which can play them today. So I’m hoping my e-book collection will still be readable post-collapse.

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