Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, Ted Williams?
The first four are icons who made their mark on the world. The last is a homeless guy with a nice voice.
But now Williams is on par with those four, as well as hundreds of other historical figures, at least in the eyes of Bio, the spinoff channel of A&E that is now home to the "Biography" franchise. A spokesman for Bio (which used to be called Biography Channel but was shortened for some reason that probably had to do with marketing) confirmed that the network is producing an hour devoted to Williams.
To be sure, the bar for getting a biography has plummeted over the last few years. Traci Lords, Dana Plato, "Extreme Makeover" host Ty Pennington are just a few of the hundreds of people to be featured in the series.
We're not quite sure what qualifies Williams for this latest "achievement." Yes, he became a media sensation, but not for doing anything other than standing on a corner asking for a change. If that's all it takes, I can find a dozen more worthy people on my lunch break.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: Ted Williams. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press