The story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with a voice for radio, is one that warms the soul. But behind the media jubilation and jockeying (CBS and NBC were fighting over exclusive interview rights), there is a woman who is the real hero.
Here name is Patricia Kirtley, and she’s the woman who raised Williams’ five children alone. Joanna Molloy of the New York Daily News has a great piece online about how Kirtley is the real hero in this story:
A viral video vaulted Ted Williams and his golden voice to fame, but the real hero of this story is the woman he left behind.
Patricia Kirtley raised four daughters alone after Williams split 23 years ago and dove down the rabbit hole of drugs.
Not only that, Kirtley took in the baby boy the radioman had with another woman and raised him as her own.