34 years ago - Ted Kord is born.
20 years ago - 14-year-old Ted begins inventing for his uncle's company, Kord Industries.
15 years ago - 19-year-old Ted helps develop the security systems for the Justice League teleporters, and in the process sees superheroes for the first time.
13 years ago - 21-year-old Ted has Dan Garrett as a professor in an introduction to archaeology course.
10 years ago - 24-year-old Ted helps Dan Garrett stop his uncle from building & selling an android army. Dan is mortally wounded & passes the Blue Beetle scarab to Ted. He can't activate it, but begins building the equipment to become the new Blue Beetle.
8 years ago - 26-year-old Ted begins fighting crime as Blue Beetle.
7 years ago - 27-year-old Ted joins the Justice League during it's first major recruiting drive, where he meets Michael Jon Carter.
5 years ago - 29-year-old Ted is put into a coma for two months by Doomsday.
3 years ago - 31-year-old Ted is one of the only survivors of the White Martian assault on the Justice League satellite. He begins his work to build the Hall of Justice for a next-generation League.
2 years ago - 32-year-old Ted is killed.
While Ted has definitely had his moments, he's the single biggest victim of Keith Giffen & J. M. DeMatteis's Justice League. While Booster Gold was reduced to a joke and Fire was reduced to a sex joke, Ted became a joke about being fat and useless.
We know where it came from. Nite Owl from the Watchmen was a Blue Beetle stand in (all the Watchmen are meant to represent original Charlston Comics characters, but you already knew that), and he was depicted as impotent and overweight, if only to have him overcome that sense of purposelessness when he became a superhero again. How exactly that translated to Ted being ineffectual and fat I have no idea. Especially while he's still active as a superhero... it's taking all the character nuance of Nite Owl, filtering it to remove any of it's narrative purpose, and slathering the remains all over a perfectly functional character to make him look ridiculous. For literally no reason.
There's no need to make Blue Beetle a joke character. He's fun, his way of approaching superheroics is entirely his own, and the role he plays in the history of the Justice League is inarguable. We've kept his death, because Jaime Reyes is an amazing character, but there's no need to humiliate Ted on his way there.
Also, we played up his status as an inventor by incorporating him into the creation of the Justice League satellite. It introduces the concept that he had a desire to be a superhero long before he ever inherited the Blue Beetle scarab, and gives him ties to the team that go all the way back to it's inception.