December 22, 2014

Heading down a path of destruction

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
Posted 1/13/11

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Call me cynical. Tell me I am wrong, but I just think this whole “man with a golden voice” story is destined for failure and a sad ending.

By now, most of us have seen the video of Ted Williams and his amazing radio voice. Williams has since become an overnight sensation, appearing on morning shows, telling his story in that smooth radio voice.

For those who may not know, Williams, 53, of Columbus, Ohio, was a homeless man, holding a sign that said simply, for $1, that he would tell you something with his amazing voice.

Sure, this is an amazing rags-to-riches story, but I honestly believe Williams is on a destructive path.

He has already admitted to having a history of drug and alcohol problems, and according to CNN, he has been arrested numerous times for drug related incidents and theft.

Again, maybe I am just cynical, but in an article in the New York Daily News, Williams 90-year-old mother even told him, “Don’t disappoint me,” before Williams went on the “Today Show.”

Williams himself said in the same article that he is concerned with returning to his old ways.

The way I see it is like this, Williams has just won the lottery, and he is about to have riches beyond his dreams. Have you ever seen stories about people of poverty winning the lottery and losing it all because they make awful life choices? Just type “lottery luck” into google.

Maybe Williams is the exception, but I just don’t see it.

Large amounts of money and fame can do bad things to anyone. For example, take pro athletes. How often do we hear about athletes falling from grace? Michael Vick ring a bell? He received one of the biggest contracts in NFL history and what followed was wretched behavior culminating in jail time for dog fighting.

What about Lindsay Lohan? A rising star in Hollywood who kept making money, look at her now — train-wreck.

Williams is already seeing a number of offers to do many voiceovers and radio spots, and has signed with Kraft Foods. Here is my prediction for Mr. Williams. He will sign a large amount of endorsement deals, maybe get a radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, make a ton of money, then in about two or three years we will see a fresh mug shot of him on the local news for getting involved in something.

I hope that I am wrong. Again, maybe I am just cynical. I wish for the best for Mr. Williams, but I am not getting my hopes up.

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