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