With the new year barely underway, America’s gift, is a homeless man’s joy and a new haven for a life turned around. A viral video and an enterprising reporter combined to make it happen.
People love fairy tales, and nothing is better than a man who finds gold. In fact Ted Williams, a man with a golden voice, was discovered panhandling on a Columbus Street as a videographer drove by. Williams was videoed, and the rest of the story becomes the cause for celebration.
Williams, 53, had been living for 10 years as a homeless person, drifting from place to place in various camps. He had been a radio announcer at one time until, as he maintains, he fell into drugs and other problems that catapulted him to the streets, according to Wall Street Journal reports.
But Williams has a beautiful voice, smooth and mellow, called the ideal for radio announcing. He had completed a broadcasting course. The video made by the Columbus Dispatch went viral and shortly after came job offers from everywhere.
The Today Show announced the story initially in the morning, with a follow-up comment that Williams, in person, would be a guest for the Thursday a.m. show.
Williams has had offers of work from ESPN, the National Football League and MTV, among others. Today show hosts on Wednesday hinted of wonderful things to come for this man, whose luck had run out in all directions, resulting in job loss and the loss of his wife and seven children as he bottomed out from the blows of life.
Luck, pluck as Williams held up his sign announcing his golden voice and proclaiming it in a fashion heard by millions around the world in a YouTube video, and America’s heart of gold, embracing someone in a fairy story way makes the New Year celebrations something special for 2011.
Fox News detailed the story, as Williams stood in a radio station, fielding offers that had come from all over the world. “I’m calling to offer to fly you out here to La.,” announced a caller who works in California for MTV. The Cleveland Cavaliers called as well with their own job offer. Williams was quoted by Fox as saying, “That lady offered me a full-time job with the Cavs and then something about the mortgage of a home? I’m going with that! Out of all the offers that I’ve had and I’ve had quite a few, I’ll be working in Cleveland, Ohio,” said Williams.
Williams says he once worked in Cleveland before, as he told the people at Fox, “I was the morning personality. Every weekday morning it was the ‘Ted Williams Show’ on 1490 WJMO Cleveland Heights!”
“This is marvelous, I couldn’t be happier for him, I really truly couldn’t be because he deserves it,” said Earl Bailey, a former broadcasting teacher who once worked with Williams. That’s likely what most Americans were thinking as the details of this story poured in on the television networks all day Wednesday.
It is said everyone loves a story with a happy ending, and people enjoy the telling and the reading of such things. Whether you are someone who beats cancer or loses at romance, and regains it again, as one woman relates, folks always hope these stories stay happy all the time, as media folks say folks are wishing for one lucky, happy man today.
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