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Undepravity: The Homeless Man With the Golden Voice

January 5, 2011

Doral Chenoweth, a photographer/videographer shot this piece for The Columbus Dispatch about a homeless man named Ted Williams roaming the streets of Columbus, OH, looking for his second chance.

The response to this video has been amazing: an anonymous listener  offered a morning talk show in Columbus $15,000 to hire him: WBNS-TV asked Williams to narrate promotional spots for its “One Day to End Homelessness” telethon; the Ohio Credit Union League presented him with $10,000 in exchange for voice-over work; and the Cleveland Cavaliers offered the Brooklyn native a full-time job and a free house.

This reddit page has a bunch of updates on Ted and the many people who are covering his story, or are trying to help him.

And today Ted made his on-air debut today courtesy of Dave & Jimmy and WNCI 97.9.


UPDATE: follow-up to the story from the  Columbus Dispatch


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon Hendry permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:40 pm

    This is really a fantastic story.

    I just really really really hope the speed of the change, and the proximity to money, fame, and fast living, that come with the Cavaliers job, doesn’t tempt him off the wagon.

  2. Grant permalink
    January 5, 2011 2:36 pm

    It won’t happen because it is the Cleveland Cavaliers

    • Iason Ouabache permalink
      January 5, 2011 9:41 pm

      Since it is the Cleveland Cavaliers they will be outbid by a more business savy company.

  3. eternalu permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:21 pm

    TSA stopped Ted Williams from getting on his flight from Columbus to NYC. No appearance on “The Today Show” on Thursday morning. No visit to 92 year-old Mom in Brooklyn. See, he didn’t have ‘proper ID’, said the TSA. So Ted spent today at the Columbus Courthouse, trying to figure out how to get a copy of his birth certificate. Obviously he did have some form of ID, but the TSA wasn’t satisfied with it. OK – What are we going to do about this out-of-control phony security dance? These blockheads, however, are typical of our society. Follow the little rule book, and throw common sense out the window. Wrong. No little rule book takes away YOUR OBLIGATION TO THINK FOR YOURSELF. There are times you have to make an exception. That’s “the exception that proves the rule”. It’s like the traffic cop giving the mother of the little girl in a coma in Las Vegas a ‘jaywalking ticket’ – gave it to her right in the hospital. Or the policeman giving a ticket to the Dad who raced to the hospital while his wife’s water broke in the car on the way to the hospital in New Hampshire. RETRAIN EVERYBODY — OR FIRE THEM.

    • Jon Hendry permalink
      January 6, 2011 8:24 am

      “TSA stopped Ted Williams from getting on his flight from Columbus to NYC.”

      No they didn’t, liar.

  4. Jake permalink
    January 6, 2011 10:08 pm

    Ted Williams to colour comment for the Miami Heat.

  5. January 11, 2011 8:09 am

    I’m happy to see that the re-animation was successful…

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