Ted Williams is the newest Internet celebrity after his video went viral yesterday. What’s different about his story is that Ted is homeless and down on his luck, but oh what a difference a day (and a viral video) makes.
Fate would have it that he was “discovered” on the side of the road with a sign stating that he has a “God given gift of voice”. He had been using this gift to survive each day by collecting money from passing motorists. The man that was responsible for changing his life was Columbus Dispatch reporter Doral Chenoweth III.
Chenoweth filmed his encounter with Ted, posted the video on The Columbus Dispatch website and it went viral from there. The local radio station, WNCI 97.9, saw the video and spoke about it on the air and a listener tracked Ted down, had him call the station on her cell phone and they set up an interview with the station today.
The popularity of the video and it’s coverage across the Internet eventually made its way to some very influential people that have made Ted offers of part-time & full-time employment and even a house!
News Coverage (Links courtesy of shiggiddie on Reddit)
- THE Original Video That Started It All <-Posted by Doral Chenoweth III, the videographer for The Columbus Dispatch who took the time to record the video on his own.
- CBS “The Early Show” interview with Ted
- New York Post
- Yahoo News
- Youtube audio of the full interview with the local radio station WNCI 97.9 <-The next part of the video will play right after each clip ends. Hopefully the corporation behind WNCI 97.9 will not pull these clips from Youtube for copyright infringement. Listen now while they’re still up.
- Brief video of Ted’s interview at WNCI 97.9
- Transcript of Live Interview held with Doral Chenoweth III
- and many many more
So, the good folks at the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and Quicken Loans Arena have offered Ted a full-time job and a mortgage on a home. How awesome is that?!?
At the time of this posting there is no word on whether Ted has accepted any offers. If he does accept the Cavaliers job then let’s hope he doesn’t take his talents to South Beach after his contract is up.
God Bless you Ted!