Update On The Homeless Man With The Golden Voice

Ted Williams, the homeless man whose “golden voice” amazed viewers of his viral YouTube video was interviewed on the CBS Early Show, this morning. A cleaned up Williams, (only 53 – I knew 73 had to be a typo) described how his conversion in 2010 had led to this moment:

Among the offers TED has gotten, reportedly:

– Arena announcer for THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — including a salary and they will buy him a house
OHIO CREDIT UNION LEAGUE gave him $10,000 cash and a retainer deal for voicework
ESPN is reportedly offering him a job
MTV reportedly wants to discuss a reality series
– A free vacation trip to HILO, HI to voice a commercial … and the list goes on!

Obviously, most people are rooting for Williams….but he still managed to run into trouble  at the Columbus Airport:

The New York homeless man with the “golden radio voice” has been grounded in Ohio by airport officials who say he has improper ID.

Fifty-three-year-old Ted Williams was on his way to New York to appear on the Today Show and meet his mother, 92, who he has not seen in years.

However, TMZ reported the panhandler, originally from NAmong the ew York City, was barred from the plane.

Williams was the subject of a video that went viral after he was discovered by a video team from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.


During a local TV interview, Williams broke down and cried when he talked about his mother: “I apologize. I’m getting a little emotional. I haven’t seen my mom in a great deal of time.”

He continued: “One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough for me to see me rebound or whatever, and I guess God kept her around and kept my pipes around to maybe just have one more shot that I would be able to say, ‘Mom, I did do it before,'” he said. “I might pass away before her or whatever, but my dad didn’t get a chance to see this. But God is good.”

Williams spent Wednesday afternoon at a courthouse in Columbus attempting to get a copy of his birth certificate.



Homeless Man With Great Voice Looks For Voiceover Job


The dark side of the man with the golden voice emerges via The Smoking Gun:

Meet The Felon With The Golden Voice – A look at the lengthy rap sheet of overnight sensation Ted Williams

See also:

Kathy Shaidle: ‘Golden voice’ panhandler turns out to be more qualified for radio job than ever

Howard Dean Says Tea Party Has A Problem With The Younger Generation…

Howard Dean shared his thoughts on the Tea Party with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, this morning.

Among other things, he said that it is “the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,”and argued that “the Tea Party has a problem with the younger generations”.

“You all have friends of different races, different religions, and different sexual orientations, and you all date each other,” he said to hypothetical members of the “new” generation. “Well that’s not how I grew up, and that’s not how the Tea Party grew up. The Tea Party is almost entirely over 55 and white. And the country has changed dramatically as a result of what happened in 2008.”

Howard Dean himself, born November 17, 1948,  is 62 years old, which, according to Michael Barone’s piece in the DC Examiner, is slightly older than the average age of Dems in the House:

…the average age of House Democrats has risen, from 58 to 60.2. That can be explained partly by the high turnover in the 2010 election. Many younger Democrats, first elected in 2006 or 2008, fell by the wayside. The old bulls from 65 percent-plus Democratic districts survived. 

So those new Tea Party Republicans must be positively ancient, right? White, and geriatric, these new Republicans must be positively stymied by confusing “new” concepts like acceptance of “different races, different religions and different sexual orientations”.
The average age of Republican House members in the new Congress convening today is 54.9, younger than the Republicans’ average age in the previous Congress, 56.5.
A difference of  5.3 years between Republicans and Democrats in the 112th Congress.
It turns out that the old school, Big Government  Dem Socialists are the ones who are out of touch with the young whippersnappers in the tea party.
Barone cites scholar Walter Russell Mead:
“The core institutions, ideas and expectations that shaped American life for the sixty years after the New Deal don’t work anymore, and the gaps between the social system we’ve inherited and the system we need today are becoming so wide that we can no longer paper them over or ignore them.”

Mead is looking back on the America of World War II and the postwar decades, when American life was dominated by the leaders of what I have called the Big Units — big government, big business, big labor. The assumption was that these units would grow ever bigger, to the benefit of ordinary people.

That assumption was shared by the Democratic leaders of the just-departed 111th Congress, who grew up in Big Unit America. They passed a $787 billion stimulus package on the assumption that big government would put people to work. They passed the health care bill on the assumption that centralized experts in big government could provide better care at lower costs.

The voters in November 2010 rejected those assumptions.

Howard Dean needs to work on his talking points.


71 year old Steny Hoyer (born June 14, 1939) has his own take on the tea party: Tea Party People Come From Unhappy Families.

There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.

These  Dem hepcats are all about compromise, now, aren’t they?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in  Buzzworthy, thanks!

Hat tip: Frugal Cafe.


Homeless Man With Great Voice Looks For Voiceover Job

A man who once dreamed of going into radio let drugs and alcohol alter the course of his life. Now, he’s clean, but homeless, and looking for a job in Columbus Ohio:


One of the videos on YouTube has more than 4,000,000 views, and updates are showing that job offers are pouring in.

MyFox dfw reports:

A homeless man with a polished broadcasting voice was showcasing his unexpected talent on a radio station in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday morning — with a possible job offer as a result.

Ted Williams, 71 (I’m questioning that!) — who begs with a sign saying he has a God-given gift of a great voice — became an internet hit after a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch filmed him demonstrating his skill.


Media outlets have already begun expressing an interest in Williams’ offer, including WNCI’s morning radio show Dave and Jimmy, who organized a Wednesday morning interview slot for the burgeoning internet star.

Announcing the interview on their Facebook page, Dave and Jimmy wrote, “The homeless man with the awesome voice will be in our studio at 7:15am tomorrow [Wednesday]. We’re going to find some way to help this guy!”

According to Dave and Jimmy’s latest FB post, the interview went well:

Today was the most gratifying show we’ve ever done.

I’m very happy for Williams – I think he’s going to be set for life.

After all, everyone deserves a second chance.

Hat tip: NRO


Ornery Repubs Talking Smack In Washington

We’re only five days into 2011, and I’m already hearing what I think will turn out to be some of the best quotes of the year from Republicans.

Boehner responded to top Dems in the Senate, who sent him a terse message on Monday, warning him not to bother with repealing ObamaCare:

Democrats said repeal would threaten the consumer protections included in the healthcare package, including the provision that eliminates the so-called “doughnut hole” in seniors’ Medicare drug coverage.

“If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the healthcare law that threatens consumer benefits like the ‘donut hole’ fix, we will block it in the Senate. This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care,” wrote Reid, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Democratic Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.) and Policy Committee Vice Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

Boehner wrote back:

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office


In an interview with The Hill, GOP Rep. Peter King dropped these gems about his hometown newspaper:

The New York Times is just basically being a mouthpiece for political correctness…


“I’m certainly not going to take any political advice or direction from The New York Times,”King told The Hill.” “I Have More Contempt for The New York Times Than Anything or Anyone I Can Think of”…

Tell us how you really feel, Congressman.

Via Gateway Pundit, Rep-Elect Allen West talking to Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday:

“This liberal progressive agenda is the antithesis of who we are as a nation.”

He was also quoted as saying earlier, “That this liberal, progressive, socialist agenda… This left-wing, vile, vicious, despicable machine that’s out there is soundly brought to its knees.

Not a man to mince words… like I’ve said  before –  West is going to be fun to watch these next few years.

I have to say, I like what I’m seeing from Republicans thus far.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links