With all the bad stuff going on in the world we thought you might like a little happy news!
You might remember the voice of a once-homeless man named Ted Williams.
He hit the media spotlight three years ago and became known as the man with the golden voice. ‘When you’re listening to nothing but the oldies, you’re listening to Magic 98.9′
Well, he’s come a long way from standing on the side of the road doing his magical voice for a dollar.
‘Now, he lives with his long-time girlfriend in their own place. It even has a fireplace!
It’s been a long road, and Williams says he has a lot of titles, including former drug addict.
He admitted he started drinking again when he was first discovered, but says he’s been sober for two years now.
His voice was featured in a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial. ‘Kraft homestyle macaroni and cheese … you know you love it.’
Williams has also reconnected with family members since his life took a turn for the better.
And he’s written a book, fittingly called “A Golden Voice.” It’s advertised as an honest recollection of his life on the streets and his struggles with addiction. But the book has heartwarming moments too.
‘It is a deeply American, from-the-heart comeback story about the power of hope, faith, and personal responsibility. ‘
We’re glad to see Williams has been doing so well, and we certainly hope he got to enjoy every bit of that fireplace this winter.
MEANWHILE: It seems “Iron Man” has gone over to England for a while!
Get ready to marvel at the moon’s dark shadow taking a bite out of the sun late Thursday afternoon as sky-watchers across most of Canada – except the Maritimes – will be treated to a partial solar eclipse.
An eclipse of the sun occurs when the Earth, moon and sun line up. However, unlike a total eclipse where the entire face of the sun is covered up by the moon passing in between, on Thursday only part of the sun will be covered by the moon. Depending on where you are, anywhere from 18% to 81% of the sun will appear hidden from view.
The timing of the eclipse also varies and depends strongly on your viewing region, says Raminder Singh Samra, resident astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, B.C.
“Thursday afternoon or late afternoon, depending on your location in Canada, is when it begins, and it ends in the late afternoon or early evening,” he explained.
“The best location to observe the eclipse when it is at its maximum will be in the northern arctic, in Nunavut Territory, where up to 81% of the sun will be covered. However, for Canadians living in more populated areas in the south, from Saskatchewan westward, the eclipse will also be impressive, too, since all phases will be visible.”
For folks in Ontario and Quebec, viewing will be a bit more tricky, but potentially quite spectacular as the entire sky show will unfold just as the sun is setting – meaning observers will need a clear view of western horizon. For Toronto, the eclipse will reach 44% by sunset at 6:20 p.m. EDT, while Montreal will only get to see 18% of the sun covered by the time the it dips below the local horizon.
Unfortunately for Atlantic provinces, sky-watchers will miss out on the event completely because the sun will have set by the time the eclipse gets underway.
Check out this NASA eclipse timetable for all major Canadian cities.
Of course, eclipse-watchers must remember to never look directly at the sun with naked eyes without proper solar filters, otherwise they risk damaging their vision.
“Normally we don’t look at the sun directly as its glare is strong enough to ward away our eyes,” Samra said. However, in an eclipse the ultraviolet radiation that comes from the Sun’s corona is still present but the glare is significantly reduced, thus potentially inviting you to look at the sun directly.”
To observe the sun safely, it’s recommended to use welder’s glasses No. 14 or greater or special eclipse glasses that are designed to look at the sun.
If you are clouded out or stuck indoors then you are still in luck, thanks to the astronomy outreach venture Slooh.com, which will broadcast the entire eclipse starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT.
All this will be great preparation for the next big event that eclipse-watchers in North America have been waiting for, which happens on August 21, 2017. On that day a total eclipse of the Sun will sweep across the U.S., with partial phases visible all across Canada, too.