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Fame has challenges ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- A homeless man from Ohio who quickly became a celebrity thanks to his smooth announcing voice indicates it's been challenging dealing with the rush of fame.

"I wanted a nerve pill yesterday, to be honest with you," Ted Williams said Friday on CBS' "Early Show." The 53-year-old recovering addict said a psychologist talked him out of it.

"She said, 'Listen, you're going to have to learn to meditate and not medicate,' " Williams said.

He became famous practically overnight after the Columbus Dispatch posted a web video of him earlier this week.

He appeared on CBS seated in the studio next to his mother, who said their reunion in New York on Thursday was the first time she'd seen her son in person in 10 years.

He just finished doing a commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that is to air Sunday during the Fight Hunger Bowl on ESPN.

Williams also recorded voiceover promos Thursday for MSNBC's Lean Forward campaign, and the spots were to begin running immediately, network spokeswoman Tanya Hayre said. He was being paid for the spots, Hayre said, but she declined to say how much.

Williams also taped an appearance on the NBC late-night show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon.


Feeling vindicated ...

After losing Anna Nicole Smith and then a court battle over her estate, Howard K. Stern says a judge's dismissal of convictions in a prescription drug case vindicates both him and the late Playboy model.

"I loved Anna, and I cared for her so much. I have no regrets," Stern told the Associated Press in an interview Thursday, hours after the court reversed his two conspiracy convictions for using his name on prescriptions for Smith.

"The regrets I have are for what people caused afterward," he said, referring to multiple legal complications which arose after Smith died of a drug overdose in Florida in February, 2007.

Prosecutors had argued that Smith was an addict, and the defendants were feeding her addiction rather than providing prescription drugs for any legitimate medical purpose.

But Superior Court Judge Robert Perry threw out conspiracy convictions against Stern and Smith's psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich on Thursday, allowing one charge against her to remain but reducing it to a misdemeanor. The jury had already acquitted Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Smith's general physician, of all charges against him.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Singer Joan Baez is 70. Singer Dave Matthews is 44.

Monday: Singer Rod Stewart is 66. Singer Pat Benatar is 58.

Tuesday: Country singer Naomi Judd is 65. Singer Mary J. Blige is 40.

Wednesday: Actress Kirstie Alley is 60. Political commentator Rush Limbaugh is 60.

Thursday: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is 50. Actor Orlando Bloom is 34.

Friday: "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney is 92. Actress Faye Dunaway is 70.

Next Saturday: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 74. Actor Eddie Cahill is 33.

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