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Connecticut Videos Gone Viral

Mar 8, 2011

Remember Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice?

Come on, it was only a couple of months ago that a video camera caught a disheveled homeless man greeting motorists with the startlingly honeyed tones of a radio announcer. That YouTube video has over 11 million views. Williams was instantly organically famous and highly sought after by TV show bookers. And then came job offers.And almost immediately, the fame was too much. Williams said he had been sober for years, but his good fortune drove him back to the bottle and the problems that went with it. Dr. Phil jumped in -- of course -- for an intervention. He persuaded Williams to go to rehab. Williams persuaded himself to leave rehab.  As things stand, it's not possible to say whether becoming a YouTube celebrity, one of the biggest ever, is going to be a good thing for Williams. We'll meet some other YouTube stars today.  Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin. *** Fury will perform with Bizarre of D12 and Jack Beazley Friday, April 1, at the Bleachers Sports Bar in Bristol. All money will go to the Matthew Walton Fund. ***