Ted is the central character of the show. Born April 25, 1978, he is from Shaker Heights, Ohio (like show creator Carter Bays), a graduate of Wesleyan University (like Bays and show co-creator Craig Thomas), an Eagle Scout, (although the reference could be to Ohio Wesleyan University as Ted is originally from Ohio and several episodes in seasons three and four show Marshall’s undergraduate diploma hung on the wall behind his desk) and an architect. There is a possibility that Ted also continued his education as an architect somewhere in New York City possibly Columbia University. After his best friend, Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), gets engaged in the pilot episode, Ted decides to try to find his soulmate. This quest informs the general direction of the show, along with Ted's relationship with Marshall, Marshall's wife Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), Ted's on/off girlfriend Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), and his friend Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).