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Turner asked Carter for advice on gift

When Ted Turner needed advice about his planned $1 billion gift to the United Nations, he just turned to the guy sitting next to him at the ball game.

The guy just happened to be former President Jimmy Carter.The media mogul, who owns the Atlanta Braves, picked Carter's brain at a Braves game last month.

"We had a long discussion about whether he should help the U.N. and how," Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday.

Carter advised Turner that whatever he did should be "simple and clear and not involve the bureaucracy of the U.N." That is the way Turner has outlined his gift plans, which call for $100 million annual donations over 10 years.

Turner has called Carter regularly to keep him apprised of his progress in setting up the charity foundation and seeking advice.