By now almost everyone has heard of the near miraculous story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice who was discovered by a Cleveland highway begging for money.
First I want to say I just love this kind of redemptive story. Ted Williams was once a successful radio announcer who saw his life slip away because of addiction to drugs and alcohol. For the past two years he has been clean (he claims) and is now trying to get his life back in order.
A local TV guy commuting to work in Cleveland noticed Ted standing on the side of the highway with his sign panhandling for money from the commuters whizzing by in their cars. Last Monday the TV guy brought his camera along, pulled over and recorded Ted's fabulous golden voice. The result was a video that went viral and now all the world knows of Ted Williams, the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice.
The past two days I have watched the videos of Ted on TV being interviewed, including the reunion with his 92 year old mother. Rare is the person who cannot but help to have their heartstrings tugged by this unbelievable story of one man's redemption? Certainly not me, I have choked up and tears have welled in my eyes more than a few times these past few days. And here I thought John Boehner was a big crybaby.
In one of my earlier blog postings I wrote about fate. I do believe in fate. Think of what would have happened if that TV producer hadn't brought his camera along and taken a video of Ted Williams. Today Ted Williams would still be standing in the cold on the side of the Ohio highway, begging for a chance. He got that chance this week and and I hope and pray everything turns out alright for him.
One of the blogs I visit frequently features weekly a list of mug shots. I'm going to try and beat him to the punch this week and post this list of the past mug shots of Ted Williams, just to show you how far this man has come.