Monday, May 14, 2012

Man with Golden Voice Pens New Book

Copyright Gotham Books

It was only about a year and a half ago that a homeless man with beautiful deep voice became a pop culture sensation. That was Ted Williams, a former drug user who held up a cardboard sign that read, "I have a God given gift of voice. I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you and God bless you! Happy Holidays!"

A photographer for the Columbus Dispatch Newspaper pulled over and asked if he really had a golden voice and Williams gave him a demonstration. A week later, the photographer came back to the same spot to videotape Williams. The newspaper put the video online and a version of the video had been viewed over 30,000 times the first day it was posted.

Almost instantly, Ted could be seen in every newspaper, TV station and internet service known to the free world. Job offers began to pour in. We heard him claim that he was clean and sober. We heard him say that “this time” things would be different. More job offers. We saw him reunite with his loving, yet skeptical mother. Then early this week he was reunited with his estranged children. A star was born complete with his own Facebook page. Then, he began to peddle backward. Instead of drugs, he turned to alcohol and then he just disappeared from our site.

Well, TV audiences received a surprise this morning on NBC’s Today Show. Ted Williams was a guest speaking with Matt Lauer once again. He announced that not only has he been clean and sober for 12 months now, but he has also written a new book. “A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation” is a tribute to how God has changed this man’s life.

Williams looked great as he spoke to Lauer sporting a new suit and hat. Lauer grilled him with questions, not out of spite, but more out of concern. He wanted to make sure that Williams was hanging around the right people and making the right choices. Williams assured Lauer that he was. In fact, he had just walked his daughter down the aisle for her wedding and that wouldn’t have happened a year ago. He gives all the credit for his transformation to God.

Williams’ book, co-written by Bret Witter, is available in bookstores this week.

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