Five Famous People Who Were Once Homeless
They say that if you want to succeed, you sometimes have to first, hit rock bottom. The newspapers and news stations have all been applauding the rags-to-riches story of Ted Williams -" the man with the Golden Voice" - who was living on the streets and now has job offers all over the world. The story is wonderful and I wish Mr. Williams nothing but the best of luck, but is he alone? With a little research, I was able to find five more people who also lived without a home for a period of time. The results might surprise you!
This Canadian-born actor. Is famous for his performances in the new, hit television show "$@!! My Dad Says", as well as "Boston Public","TJ Hooker", and of course, "Star Trek". However, not long after Star Trek was cancelled, Captain Kirk was in command of nothing more than his pickup truck and a crew of one - his Doberman Pinscher. His wife and he were in the midst of a divorce, he had three kids and no job. His first officer (the dog), gave him a lot of perspective on life and the will to go on. Shatner spent many a night sleeping under the hard cover of his pickup and driving to acting jobs until he was able to find more work. He even had a portable toilet in the back of the pickup - proving "He boldly went where no man had gone before!"
This host of television's "Price is Right" lived out of his car for eighteen months when he left Cleveland, Ohio to try and "make it" in the world of entertainment. Luckily, he had gone to sunny California, where it wasn't as cold as the harsh, Northeast Ohio winters. He must have been living on junk food and that caffeinated beer he made on "The Drew Carey Show" - homeless people don't usually have the gut he was sporting, but he's looking pretty fit now! Must be all those people "coming down" to see him.
Dr. Phil McGraw
The guy with all of the answers was also without a home for a while. While today he is a multi-millionaire, during his youth, Dr. Phil was broke and living out of a car. His father and he had moved to Kansas City where his father didn't have a job and they were forced to spend some time living in the car. Rumor has it that Dr. Phil sat his father down and told him to "Get Real!" and to get a job. In actuality, his father was interning as a psychologist and was flat broke (they obviously didn't pay their interns very well. They moved up in the world and eventually moved into the YMCA for five dollars a week. Dr. Phil started writing at this time.
One of the greatest of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin wasn't always the political leader and adviser that he was bound to become. He had run away from home, in Boston, because his father wanted him to join the clergy, hopped a boat to New York City, and didn't have any money. This information can be found in his personal memoirs. You would think the co-author of the Declaration of Independence and all-around genius inventor would have thought this thing out. I'll give him a break, though. He was only a kid and economics wasn't his strong point!
This person needs no introduction as the focus of one of the world's leading religions. Who would think that the Messiah would ever have a problem finding a place to sleep, but according to the Books of Matthew and Luke, that was exactly the case. The verse reads, "The foxes have their holes, the birds of the air have their nests; but the Son of man has no where to lay His head." (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58). It may not prove that He was homeless for any period of time, but the Son of God came into the world without much of a roof over his head. I am not certain, but I am pretty sure you are going to Hell for denying this guy a cot and three square meals a day! Sometimes you just HAVE to make some room at the Inn!