It appears homeless man Ted Williams has morphed into the new King of all Media.
On the Mother Ship alone, he began his Thursday with multiple appearances on Today, and when I looked up at the monitor last night, there he was, chatting away with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.
I wish Ted well. I hope his 15 minutes are up soon, so he can begin a phase of his life that will be happy, healthy, and productive.
But before I let this story go, let’s call Doral Chenoweth III up to take a bow. He’s the photojournalist who planted Ted in the nation’s consciousness, and he is apparently a pretty fabulous guy himself.
This is an excerpt from a story on him on cnn.com:
It’s “standard operating procedure” for him, he said, to stop and talk to people who are homeless, whether he’s carrying a camera or not.
“It’s part of my faith,” he said after some prodding about his motivations. “You may not be able to help someone with money, but you can at least say hello, how you doing, and look at them.”
Without Doral Chenoweth III (one of the best names I’ve heard since Chatsworth T. Osborne, Jr.) we would never have known Ted Williams.
An excellent reminder that the people behind the camera are every bit as important as the people in front of it.