Malin Friess's Reviews > A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation

A Golden Voice by Ted Williams
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Aug 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 07 to 20, 2012

Ted Williams was at one time a popular radio voice in Columbus Ohio. But he lost everything (kids, home, dignity) when he became a Crack Addict. Ted was panhaddling on a street corner when someone videotaped his still Golden Voice despite the years of abuse, "When your listening to the best of the oldies your listening to Magic 98.9." The driver put the clip on You Tube and Williams rocketed to fame. Within days he was plucked from the Street, on the Today Show, on Jay Leno, and had a new contract for Voice-over with Cleveland Cavaliers.

In a sense this is a desperately sad book, as it shares with brutal honesty what it is like to live as addict...Williams was a horrible..horrible man. Conning his mother for money, selling his own children's toys for crack money, eating the last 20 jars of baby food from his grandchild, protistuting out his girlfriend, using money for a plane ticket to his own father's funeral to buy more "rock."

Williams is a spirtual person and gave credit to Jesus..for the Crack he was about to smoke..but also for making him clean. I don't think this story ended with the fame Williams gained from the YouTube clip. Moments after being cleaned up and speaking with Jay Leno..he was cruising the streets of LA to find more Crack.

I'm a sucker for a good redemption story from homelessness to fame..and Williams got his second chance. I hope he remains clean..he won't likely get a third chance.

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