Bermuda Gets a “Golden Mention” on NBC

January 7, 2011

Ted Williams, a homeless man from Ohio whose “golden voice” awed people all over the world, gave the island a nice plug while appearing on the “Today Show” saying he “loves Bermuda.”

Mr Williams was known in the area for panhandling with a handmade sign about his “God-given gift of a voice.” A reporter from the Columbus Dispatch paper stopped by to record him saying voice-over phrases, and in a matter of days, his Youtube video [embedded below] garnered over ten million views in only a few days.

Mr Williams, who spent years battling addictions on the streets, is now juggling offers of employment including a two-year contract working for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a voice over offer from food giant Kraft.

While being interviewed on NBC, Mr Williams said he due to all the attention he now receives, he is seeing a psychologist and she gave him a breathing exercise and told him to thank of a “happy place.” Mr Williams said our island is his “favourite place” and that he “loves Bermuda”, and recalled his most favorite childhood memory as when his mother took him to Bermuda. He said Bermuda to him was the “Hawaii of the Atlantic” and coming from New York that was the closest he could get to Hawaii.

Update 9:10am: The Bermuda Government has released a statement saying they wish to invite Mr Williams to Bermuda.

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  1. Awesome says:

    Who’s going to start the petition to bring Mr. Williams and his mom to Bermuda for a week?

  2. Todd says:

    If “Bermuda” doesn’t get ahold of that man and bring him here, something is wrong!! A perfect promotional opportunity and I doubt he would complain.

  3. Truth is killin' me says:

    You know how much good publicity Bermuda would get if the Tourism Dept would give him and his mother a ticket and accomodation out here for a week and then contacted Good Morning America. Get on it Paula now! The early bird gets the worm!!!

  4. Brasco says:

    It would be nice for him to visit….I’m sure our Taxi drivers would quickly bring him up to speed on how Bermuda is now….

    Duck bullets while at Grocery Stores and Movie Theaters

    Westgate is our Major Timeshare Accommodation

    Don’t use your Blackberry out in public

    This G.P.S. on my dashboard doesn’t direct us to Walmart

    And we don’t have a Crime Policy in place yet, our Government is still a work in progress.

    Otherwise Ted, you’ll have a great time on one of our 30 Golf Courses, Provided by our former Premiers

  5. just joking says:

    this would be the best idea Bermuda Tourism woyld have in the last 20 years…his ticket should have been bought and sent to him already…He has probably done more for Bermuda than the, I believe it was $250,000, sign on some private runway..(not quite sure of the actual cost)

  6. Wild and Out says:

    Brilliant idea to date! I love his story;it’s real life. It show’s how you can rebound from the awful prison of addiction. It doesn’t matter what he did before, we all have a past, the most powerful thing is that he decided to do something different which stopped the insanity. God Bless and I look forward to his visit.

  7. Triangle Drifter says:

    JMO but the person who really deserves the thanks is the guy who took the video & got the worlds attention. Perhaps that person deserves a comp trip to Bermuda too.

    That would also be much better money spent than the self indulgent nonsense that has been going on for at least five years.

  8. Terry says:

    Hell…why not put up a statue

  9. I’m happy for him and i wish him the best.

  10. Alex says:

    Kudos to the Government of Bermuda for their act! Our family will definitely visit Bermuda for the first time this Christmas.