Monday, April 04, 2011

Bum that became a star – Ted Williams

You Tube and vocal potential of Ted Williams, beggar and petty thief from Ohio, not only made him famous throughout the United States, they also opened him the door to become a millionaire.

Miracles do happen and proof of this is the fate of homeless man, Ted Williams (54). Until recently, this man ate and slept on cardboard, and now, thanks to You Tube and his golden voice, he has become famous. This not only gave him a chance to start his life all over again, he now has the chance to become even a millionaire.

Until recently, Williams has lived in extreme poverty. For the last two years, he lived on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, and to feed himself he was forced to beg, and sometimes, even to steal. Luck smiled on him when a local reporter noticed him. This reporter made a video of Williams and posted it on the internet.  On that video, which lasts only 90 seconds, Ted is shown begging on one crossroad, while holding a sign: “I have a God given gift of voice. I am an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated. Thank you and God bless you / Happy Holidays”.

The life of Ted Williams, former alcoholic and drug addict, has changed fundamentally after the television crew recorded his capital quality – golden radio voice.

Only 24 hours later, producers and advertising agencies across America began to compete by offering him a job. Job was offered by MTV, NFL, ESPN… Even Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to hire Williams, as an announcer during their basketball games. Some experts believe that Williams, with his voice, could earn millions of dollars.

It’s like almost winning the mega ball lottery, this is just phenomenal” – Williams said after gaining great fame almost over night.

In America, Williams is now known as “Radio Man”. Nearly three decades ago, he actually worked on a radio station – in the eighties, he first worked as a DJ, and later became host of the morning program on which he announced himself as Teddy. However, a promising career was interrupted with alcohol and drugs.

New American star told the reporters that his downfall began in 1993 when, along with whiskey and beer, he started using marijuana and cocaine. Williams was left without a home when he became addicted to crack, and the police arrested him, not only for drug possession, but also for robbery in which he participated. Even then, he was lucky: he spent in prison only a few months. He hopes now that he will not take for granted the second chance he was given, and that in 5 years he will have his own radio station.

I've got two years clean, and I'm trying hard to get it back. And hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, 'Hey, I need a voice-over.” – said Williams in the viral video on You Tube.

He hadn’t seen his mother for ten years

Williams has behind him a marriage in which he got seven children, five daughters and two sons. He says that he now regrets the fact the didn’t dedicated more time to his children. After he became a star, one television organized a meeting between him and his mother Julia (92), which he hasn’t seen for ten years. The meeting was very emotional: Ted fell on his mother knees as she covered her face with her hands, trying to hide tears.

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