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Old 01-06-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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He would probably do great in Obama parodies--looks a lot like him. With a speaking voice like that, he surely has a good singing voice, too.

He has a great career ahead of him. I just hope he can keep his head on straight once the money starts rolling in.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:11 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Saw the Today Show clip earlier today. Amazing.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:31 PM
 
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My husband was looking at that video yesterday, and I heard the radio voice in the background while I was doing the dishes, and when my husband said it was a homeless man talking, I couldn't believe it...so I checked it out myself, and it is a very cool story! We all mess up in one way or another and second chances are God's grace and mercy to us. I wish the best for him!
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Right this very minute, Ted Williams (the homeless guy) is doing the announcements on the Jimmy Fallon show! He looks and sounds great!!!
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:27 AM
 
Location: On the East Coast
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When I caught his video I just knew job offers would come his way. Here's to second chances...may nothing but good things happen to Ted.

Did anyone see when he met up with his mom? He hadn't seen her in quite awhile and it brought a tear to my eye.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I don't want to be a wet blanket...but sometimes there is a reason why men become homeless. Sometimes it is because they are evading paying child support. Ted Williams is one of those guys.

I wish him success, but I hope they make him pay the half blind woman who raised not only their four kids, but also a child he had with someone else before he left her penniless 23 years ago while deciding drugs were more fun than responsibilities.

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Patricia Kirtley raised four daughters alone after Williams split 23 years ago and dove down the rabbit hole of drugs.
Not only that, Kirtley took in the baby boy the radioman had with another woman and raised him as her own.
Oh, and by the way, she's partially blind.
"We survived," Kirtley said Thursday in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. "My children are survivors. They know if we get a little bit that God provides, we make it into a lot. I'm a soup maker. I make potato soup and throw in a lot of vegetables and a little meat. We always ate."
Except that Williams, who seems to be a nice guy, just wasn't strong, wasn't around and wasn't contributing financially.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of women have been left to raise the children alone after immature and irresponsible fathers have failed to provide for the children they fathered. While the damage cannot be undone, Ted Williams has the chance to redeem himself to some extent by providing for those he abandoned. Those children, including those he fathered with his druggie girlfriend, were blessed to have strong women around who were willing to take them in and give them the best upbringing they could.

Truly, his ex-wife, her mother, sisters and cousins are the heroes of this story.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Oh my gosh, yeah, I'm a big ole baby! I bawled! I watched some videos of him on the Today Show and everytime he got choked up, I lost it! What a beautiful heart he has. Bless that reporter who video taped him. He helped God answer the prayers of a repented heart. Beautiful story...just beautiful!

For his sake, I hope he reaps plenty of financial rewards for this. I would quite imagine he owes a fortune in child support. Perhaps these tv performances and maybe a movie/book deal will allow him to make enough to not only pay his taxes (hope he gets a great manager), but have enough to live on after paying back support. That's a whole lot of kids!
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Oh my gosh, yeah, I'm a big ole baby! I bawled! I watched some videos of him on the Today Show and everytime he got choked up, I lost it! What a beautiful heart he has. Bless that reporter who video taped him. He helped God answer the prayers of a repented heart. Beautiful story...just beautiful!

For his sake, I hope he reaps plenty of financial rewards for this. I would quite imagine he owes a fortune in child support. Perhaps these tv performances and maybe a movie/book deal will allow him to make enough to not only pay his taxes (hope he gets a great manager), but have enough to live on after paying back support. That's a whole lot of kids!
You are too sweet beachmel.

Due to having to raise my two youngest kids alone financially, I don't care if all he is left with is a pair of socks, he owes his kids and the woman he left to raise them. I have few pet peeves in life....but this sure is one of them.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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You are too sweet beachmel.

Due to having to raise my two youngest kids alone financially, I don't care if all he is left with is a pair of socks, he owes his kids and the woman he left to raise them. I have few pet peeves in life....but this sure is one of them.
Oh GloryB, I completely understand! If I were in your shoes, or was in the shoes of the mother (s) of his kids, I'd feel the same way. You can bet that she is saying, "You keep working mister, momma's gonna get a new car!" LOL Honestly, it would be difficult to have a heart of compassion if you were left alone to fend for yourself and your children. As I said, I hope he makes plenty of money and has a good money manager, he's going to have so much money taken away for back support and then taxes.

As frustrating as it would be.....you can see that the man truly has a tender heart, as well as a repentent one. I wish only the best for him...and it certainly would be the best for him to fall upon his old demons again, that's for sure. ((((GloryB)))) You're a champion my friend.
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