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Ted Williams is reunited with his 90-year-old mother

Ted Williams, homeless man with the golden voice, is reunited with his mother, Julia Williams Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, was reunited with his 90-year-old mother, Julia Williams, on Thursday in New York, just hours after he spoke of her tearfully on the "Today" show.

Crying "Mommy, mommy," according to the Columbus Dispatch, Williams ran to his mother across a conference room in Manhattan. She embraced him after declaring that her "prodigal son" had returned. They hadn't seen each other in almost 20 years.

A reunion anticipated to happen at LaGuardia Airport -- Julia was escorted there by "The Early Show" host Chris Wragge to meet her son as he got off the plane from Ohio -- was delayed when Ted was whisked away by the another news crew, CBS News said.

"God has answered my prayer," Julia said on "The Early Show," acknowledging that it hurt to miss her son at the airport. "I prayed that I would live to see this time when he would do well." Her son was being interviewed by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira at almost the same time on "Today."

Julia Williams, incidentally, has quite a lovely voice herself.


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Top photo: Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, is reunited with his mother, Julia Williams, 90, in a New York office conference room on Thursday. Credit: Doral Chenoweth III / Columbus Dispatch / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ted Williams shows reporters on Wednesday where he'd been living on the north side of Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Doral Chenoweth III / Columbus Dispatch / Associated Press

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I saw Ted Williams on the Today Show and cried through the entire program...I think the reason was I was so happy for him and the reason I related is because in 2010 my son was delivered from the depths of hell of cocaine and alcohol. I was totally unaware of his years of cocaine...I just thought he drank and had pushed him many times to get help. However, it is so true that if the addict is not ready...they will not submit to help. A tragic incident thrust my son into reality that he was living a very dangerous life that could end tragically and in fact did for a good friend...I feel that Ted like my son was spared to help and be an inspiration for others...I cannot imagine not seeing my son for 20 yrs..even when he was acting crazy, and explosive...we never stayed apart more than a week..I would have been worried sick...but I'm not judging Mrs. Williams..I wish Ted continued sobriety, because it is hard work. If people will just let him move forward and not keep throwing up the past, I think he will be just fine. Hoooooooray for Ted!

Thank God for you ted! Its because of people like you that i have the honor to go out there in the big, bad, world and shoot for the stars!! God Bless you and your mom!! Your an inspiration to us all!!

I am as atheist as they come, but if believing in God has been this instrumental in turning around his life, then more power to him. He is a great man, and it's most unfortunate he lost 20 years to drugs. Hopefully he will continue to redeem himself and forgive the emotional and financial debt he owes to his family.

All these people saying god bless you, follow jesus and praise the lord are ignorant and foolish. The one thing you could pray to is youtube for saving you from your current lifestyle.

You make your own destiny, take responsibility for it and make the most of your life. I'm very happy for you Ted Williams, and everybody deserves a second chance at life.

But people need to shut up about the lord and jesus. Should he thank them for him being plunged into homelessness in the first place too? How about for his addictions to drugs and alcohol?

People really are very stupid.

This is such a great story, and it's true and amazing. I wish him all the best, let him rock that wonderful voice! What internet can do these days ;)
I hope he will have a good life.

- Vici

I wish him all the best!

I wish him all the best!

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