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I used to think the homeless dude who stood on the Lee St. exit off of I-20 with a sign that read “Why Lie? I need a Beer” was brilliant and somewhat charming. Then I came across this heartwarming tale:

Ted Williams, a homeless man and recovering alcoholic stands on the side of a highway in Columbus, Ohio with a sign that reads: “I have been blessed with a God-Given voice”. Lo and behold, a passerby stops, and becomes enamored with Williams’ voice and story. He later returns and video tapes Williams. The video appears on YouTube a few thousand hits later The Cleveland Cavaliers (among other NBA franchises) offer Williams a full time job and to buy him a house!


An amazing story indeed and from the looks of it, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Seriously, you never know what a person has been through or what they have to offer. Like they say,  you should never judge a book by its cover, but apparently you can judge a homeless guy by his sign.

So I just got back from the store with some cardboard and markers and have planned to devote the rest of my day to coming up with some clever sign to post-up with at the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Boulevard. If you see me, please don’t just drive by and give me rude looks. The least you can do is spare some change- I gotta try to recoup the costs of these art supplies, cuz this salary I get for The 15 Project leaves a lot to be desired.

See the full story here.


One response

  1. eternalu

    TSA stopped Ted Williams from getting on his flight from Columbus to NYC. No appearance on “The Today Show” on Thursday morning. No visit to 92 year-old Mom in Brooklyn. See, he didn’t have ‘proper ID’, said the TSA. So Ted spent today at the Columbus Courthouse, trying to figure out how to get a copy of his birth certificate. Obviously he did have some form of ID, but the TSA wasn’t satisfied with it. The man has been homeless for four years. OK, America – What are we going to do about this out-of-control phony security dance? These blockheads, however, are typical of our society. Follow the little rule book, and throw common sense out the window. Wrong. No little rule book takes away YOUR OBLIGATION TO THINK FOR YOURSELF. There are times you have to make an exception. That’s “the exception that proves the rule”. It’s like the traffic cop giving the mother of the little girl in a coma in Las Vegas a ‘jaywalking ticket’ – gave it to her right in the hospital. Or the policeman giving a ticket to the Dad who raced to the hospital while his wife’s water broke in the car on the way to the hospital in New Hampshire. RETRAIN EVERYBODY — OR FIRE THEM.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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