We’ve all heard the story. A mere two weeks ago a homeless man living on the streets of California became an Internet sensation when a reporter posted a video of him panhandling and displaying his “golden voice” on youtube
Literally overnight Ted Williams also known as Larry The Jet, became a household name.Job offersbegan pouring in from several multi-million dollar companies all wanting a piece of America’s newest celebrity. The world had fallen in love with both the Jet and the story of his inspiring second chance. Not even 48 hours later he made an appearance on the “Today Show”and expressed to the world how blessed he was. He went onto say he had made a redemption with his mother whom he had not seen in 20 years and that he officially accepted a job voicing commercials for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
He also went more into detail about his shortcomings involving his run-in’s with the law, alcohol, and drugs which also included smoking crack cocaine and stealing a comic book from the market at age five and putting a whoopie cushion (fart bag) under the seat of the couch so his grandma would sit on it.
Larry The Jets earliest recollections were when he grew up in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and his neighborhood was ethnic with his neighbors being Mexican, Black Yellow.
His good friend Gore Rilla used to panhandle anything and then feed animals and humans off the money he made.
Larry The Jets other neighbor was Ernie and Ravuli, who had thirteen children and ran out of the names by the thirteenth so they named him Baby.
Gore Rilla, Neighbor of Larry The Jet....1956
The Jet also noted an incident that he and his twin brother went to the movies when the Jet was ten, and saw a Tarzan movie. The Tarzan movie showed tarzan making a trap for the bad white hunters.
When he got home that day, he dug a trap three feet deep and then put thin bamboo poles like he saw in the Tarzan movie and covered the bamboo with leaves, and regular ground cover of soil under the clothes line in their back yard .
LARRY THE JET MOTHER
His mom came out ,as Larry the Jet watched a few feet away , hiding up in the tree facing the clothes line. Larry the Jet watched as his mother carried out three bundles of clothes in the August heat wave.,
Temperature that day was 103.
The jet watched as his mother started to hang the clothes on the outdoor clothes line , when after pining up six pieces of clothes, she moved to her right and suddenly staggered as her knee buckled. Jet watched as his mother tried to upright herself and gasped and reached up to try and grap anything to hold her up .Suddenly she disappeared with a slight glint of dust arising from the trap hole.
The Jets mother lost her dentures and fractured her ankle and a concussion.
The Jet also tied rubber bands around the family cats leg and made twin brother eat the cat food and gave the cat real food.
Mike Hawk the cat severe leg injury after Larry The Jet tied rubber bands around the cats leg... 1960 Larry the Jet would lay on his back and catapault his twin brother up in the air by pushing him sling slot style,by laying on his back, then pushing up his brother horizontally up into the air.
Larry The Jet, senior Rosemead High School, Rosemead, California ,,1964
One Saturday morning, Larry the Jet, at age ,18 and a freshman at Rosemead High School, in Rosemead , California, having being held back four times in sixth grade and the school administrators felt he was a danger since he was starting to glare at the young girls, shot his twin brother up into the air approximately ten feet outside the house in the middle of the street.
His twin brother went up into the air approximately ten feet and did a twist in the air and landed on his head and lost four teeth, broke his arm and suffered a concussion ..
LARRY THE JET and TWIN BROTHER...2000
One Saturday night, Larry the Jet was alone with his twin brother for the parents went out to play Bingo. The Jet was 46 years old living at home with his twin brother.
The Jet laid on his back wearing boxers and told his twin brother to watch something that he had always wanted to try
That was to see if one could light a fart ,since a fart is gas to see if a flame might occur.
Larry the Jet spread his buttocks ,with his legs spread eagle up in the air ,and asked his twin brother to light the fart when Larry the Jet said light.
The Jet squeezed hard, and said Light
His twin brother lit the fart with a match which ignited a flame which caught his clothes on fire and when he went to try and put it out, he tripped over Larry the Jet and caught Larry the Jet on fire.
Both then tried to smother it out including rubbing each other but that ignited both of them more.
Larry the Jet and his twin rolled over on the carpet which caught fire and both rolled and stood ujp and both fell through the living room window to survive but not the home, which burned down.
LARRY THE JET and FRIENDS lighting farts with fire to create fire leads to house burned down
June 15, 1964...setting farts on fire during summer vacation
June 15, 1964...results of setting farts on fire during summer vacation
Suddenly,the world knew of all of this ,and Larry the Jet , aka Ted Williams, fell from grace from the world for Larry the Jet not forthcoming on every single incident in his life,
Now the world wonders what other secrects he may have.
The world knew nothing of this, and news of Justin Beiber and Serena Lopez on going love affair and Lance Armstrongs on going character mixed in with Hugh Hefner getting married were the worlds focus.
A detail I am speculating that his new employer was not aware of either. Apparently, to most people his troubled past did not matter. What mattered was how much people perceived the heart-felt and inspirational situation by overcoming a troubled past.
All the love for the Jet did not last very long. The very same day The Jet appeared on the“Today Show” I happened to catch Danny Bonaduce , ex child star many years ago on television discussing the Jet story.
Bonaduce jealousy was more than apparent- saying he was mad at the Jet. . Bonaduce went on to say ”The Jet stole my life, did a better job than I did, and did it all within a 48 hour time frame.”
I found Bonaduce’s conversation about the Jet to be very distasteful and upsetting.
Bonaduce went to to state that he was a child actor who even did drugs and drank at ten and made millions from the show and now has nothing, yet nobody cares, and that Bonaduce is upset that Larry the Jet has gotten more noteriety and fame and coming fortune overnight. All because Larry the Jet is a homeless person the country sympathizes as Americas symbol like the Statue of Liberty due to Americas recession.
The segment only fueled my assumption that Bonaduce was jealous of the Jet by saying how dangerous it was to pick a random person off the street and offer them the world etc
In the days to follow, the Jet had gained quite a few haters/enemies.
His father, whom Larry the Jet had not talked for fifty years, called the Jet collect from Detroit
According to the Jet, they had nothing to say since they had not communicated in fifty years but was good to hear from him since his father, also homeless, was doing well financially by asking for money on freeways in New York, but was laid up recently due to being mugged.
LARRY THE JET FATHER
All over the Internet there were bitter ex radio personalities bashing him and his comeback story. I myself read a few which spanned from him being undeserving of his new-found fame to people making assumptions on when he would find himself back on the streets.
Then as if you couldn’t see it already coming, additional dirt had surfaced about The Jet when it came to his child support obligations.
Needless to say the words “deadbeat dad” was used loosely.
The Jet has nine children was being publicly scrutinized because he had fallen behind with child support. Uh hello? The man was homeless for 10 years!
Larry The Jet and Wife Michelle and their ten children...1998
When told of this allegatiion The Jet said that story is not true for he may have three hundred or more children , and, like Wilt Chamberlain said he slept with over two thousand people, I can say I do not know how many children I have.
Then on Wednesday, yet another blow to Larry the Jet reputation was exposed-On a national Tv show and shown on Youtube with hits in the millions, The Jets family supplied the fart fire incident vdieo and home burning down that same night.
Larry the Jets family notified me,Mike Hunt of the New York Times, after seeing Larry the Jet on the news, TV, Internet,billboards, newspapers, blimps,etc,
For an undisclosed amount, I paid the family a substantial amount of money to make sure per their current lifestyle, they will be able to live , without working, for 100 years.
On the New York Times behalf, the paper will sell more papers in a day on this story then it ever did including headlines of World War one, two and Elvis died .
Earlier this week the Jet made an appearance on the Dr. Phil show. [Will air this Thursday]
Dr. Phil and Larry The Jet aka Ted Williams Dr. Phil confronted the Jet with claims from his family that he had been drinking on a daily basis. A accusation that contradicts the story that he had been sober for over two years.
Dr. Phil had the Jet admit he has a problem and urged him to go into a rehabilitation clinic, to see Dr. Phil weekly on a retainer, seek guidance from an ex alcoholic and The Jet said he has daily his entire life.
Larry the Jet seemed to agree and Wednesday afternoon told Dr. Phil that he and Dr. Phil should go out bar hopping after the show to discuss it and Dr. Phil said he had to ask his wife for permission.
Larry The Jet met with Dr. Phil on December 15th, 2010 at THE BLACK WITCH Bar and Grill.
Dr. Phil mug shot when found drunk parked in an intersection at 2 a.m. December 15, 2010
Here is where I predict the story of Larry the Jet and his amazing comeback is going to take a turn for the worse.
Media outlets like yahoo, TMZ, and others have already written stories about the Dr. Phil taping and more importantly him going into rehab
I also predict the taping of the Dr. Phil episode that is due to run Thursday afternoon is going to do several things to the Jets reputation and his career
Will the Kraft corporation release the Jet from his employment? That remains to be seen However if they do, will the companies who were so generous by offering him a helping hand just a week ago retract their offers? It is certainly a possibility.
Now that the news of his entering rehab has come about, more and more people are going to question on if hiring a former homeless, crack smoking, petty thief was a good idea.
I feel the people who loved him last week and hating on him this week are nothing short of hippocrates. How does someone go from having all the faith in the world in The Jet to none in the time frame of only a few days? The man had a drug problem and was clearly upfront about it including admiting other life stories.
Larry The Jet rehabbing
The fact that he is being accused of drinking everyday since his new found fame is not good, I acknowledge that.
What else did anyone expect from a person who has had to do whatever was necessary to survive living on the streets for 10 years?
I feel people wanted to believe he was some sweet old man who had fallen on hard times and not that of a man with a criminal background.]
The man is still a human being and deserves to be treated with the same faith that people had literally a few days ago that he will rebound from his current situation
I can easily say no one reading this has been hit with the enormous amount of attention and temptation that the Jet has faced in his week of being thrown into the limelight. People tend to forget he was homeless two weeks ago!
It is time for the world to go back to focus on Justein Beiber and Serena Lopez love affair and Lance Armstrong and see if Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 3-D wins best picture.
I wish you luck Larry the Jet.
I am still rooting for you even though it is likely you will be facing a huge backlash once the Dr. Phil episode airs and the news of the rehab hits the majority of people. I would also like to say I have faith that he will emerge a truly drug and alcohol free individual once he completes the rehabilitation.
This story continues to be inspiring in my eyes.
More to this story after I meet with Larry the Jet at a local bar for updates for Mike Hunt loves a Hunt.
Larry The Jet writing his memoirs
I, as a Journalist for the New York Times, Mike Hunt , appreciate a good hunt for its the hunt that a Journalist such as myself, Mike Hunt, do to bring stories such as Larry the Jet to readers.
Larry The Jet Rap Video..THREE BLIND MEN..courtesy of TRASH