In less than 48 hours, Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, went from sleeping in a homemade tent in the bushes behind an abandoned gas station on E. Hudson Street to announcing the introduction to NBC’s “Today Show” at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
His story has started a call for civility and respect among those working with the homeless community around Columbus. Williams’ tentmate is even inspired to find a better life.
Columbus Dispatch web producer Doral Chenoweth recorded the now-famous video of Williams, which was viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube before the Dispatch requested it be removed.
“I think it’s opened a lot of people’s eyes to be a little more human to the homeless,” Chenoweth said. He cited an e-mail from a man in Oregon who said he has walked by a homeless man for five years. “Now he’s going to say hello to him.” READ MORE