I’ve watched with piqued interest the Ted Williams story that broke about two weeks ago. You know, the homeless man with the “golden pipes” story.
One day he’s homeless on a street corner selling his voice for a “dollar a holler” and the next he’s appearing on network radio and television and being offered big time voice-over gigs that many voice actors will never live long enough to see.
When I first saw his video my heart really went out to him. I thought, “there but for the grace of God…” and said a prayer for him.
I went through a tough time a few years ago and I’ve often thought that had it not been for my loving wife I might have ended up carrying a cardboard sign. I began to understand why the hobos of the Great Depression hit the road.
In your pocket not one penny
and as for friends you don’t have any…
If I get my hands on a dollar again
I’ll hang on to it till that old eagle grins
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.” – Jimmie Cox (1923)
When you are down and out, whether through poor choices or life circumstances, it can be hard to get back up without a helping hand.
I was happy to see people offering Mr. Williams an opportunity to use his God-given gifts. I hope that he can parlay that help into a successful second, third or fourth chance.
Everybody should get another chance, especially in America.