Re: Has Montel Williams SOLD OUT to BIG DrugCos (PPA)??!!
- From: OLTICK@xxxxxxxxx (GT Tick)
- Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 17:04:13 -0500
Group: alt.support.mult-sclerosis Date: Thu, May 25, 2006, 3:11pm
(CDT+5) From: mchary@xxxxxxxxx (Michael Alan Chary)
In article <e5332v$598$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, William December Starr
Has anyone ever cared about Montel Williams? Ever?
Well, I do, kind of. I'm not a hawk, but he served with distinction in
the marines for 22 years when it was not a fun time to be a marine. I
think that warrants some respect.
With tongue firmly in cheek and my patriotic flag snapping smartly at
full mast I would have to say Montel sure doesn't seem to have
accomplished much with his life. While 'not' making 22 years in the
Corps he did manage to show himself well in the years he was on board.
And while he and others of our ilk in the intelligence community didn't
always display same, we did manage to win the cold war. Who? Rah!
For someone so despised and villified folks sure seem to know a lot (or
a little) about him and his show.
Btw, welcome to ASMS to all the apparent newbies and/or lurkers.
Williams began his professional career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974,
when he enlisted after graduating high school in his hometown of
Baltimore, MD. After six months, he was meritoriously promoted twice and
in 1975, became the first black Marine selected to the Naval Academy
Prep School to go on and graduate from the Naval Academy. Upon
graduation, he received a presidential appointment to the United States
Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While at Annapolis, Williams
studied Mandarin Chinese and graduated with a degree in general
engineering and a minor in International Security Affairs. He was then
selected as special duty intelligence officer, specializing in
After receiving his commission in 1980, Williams was stationed in Guam.
From 1982-83, he studied and obtained a degree in Russian from theDefense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.
In the years that followed, Williams served on board the USS Sampson
during the U.S. invasion of Grenada and also served as Direct Support
Officer aboard four surface ships and three fast-attack submarines of
The Atlantic Fleet.
Williams has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his
varied naval career. He has been awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a
Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious
Service Awards -- the latter of which is rarely awarded to the same
Williams traveled the country talking to more than three million
teenagers nationwide and gave up his naval commission to pursue speaking
full-time. In addition, he reached out to thousands of parents,
educators and business leaders, encouraging them to work together to
address youth issues, trends and to inspire youngsters to reach their
Montel's concern for the welfare of his guests is evidenced by his
dedication to the show's After-Care Program. Since its inception in
1992, the program has arranged for guests to attend psychological
counseling sessions and/or weight-loss programs, drug rehabilitation
centers, motivational camps and treatment for eating disorders.
Williams is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mountain, Get
Out Of My Way, an autobiographical/motivational book which discusses his
version of the "Three R's: Respect, Restraint and Responsibility." In
the book, Williams discusses such topics as racism, affirmative action,
mentoring and the importance of family.
As part of his ongoing commitment to increase awareness and reduce the
spread of adolescent drug use, Williams joined forces with the Office of
National Drug Control Policy, in the Executive Office of the President,
to produce and direct two anti-drug Public Service Announcements.
Montel was recognized in 1988 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with a
Special Services Award, joining past recipients Ronald and Nancy Reagan
and George and Barbara Bush. The same year, he was nominated as Esquire
Magazine's Man of the Year.
In 1996, Williams won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show
Host. That same year, Williams received two other prestigious awards:
The Crystal Apple Award presented by the New York City Mayor's Office of
Film, Theater and Broadcasting for his outstanding contribution to the
city's entertainment community and the American Women in Radio and
Television (AWRT) Silver Satellite Award, which is the organization's
highest honor for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the
field of electronic communications. As a recipient, Williams joined a
stellar list of industry notables such as Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite,
Grant Tinker, Phil Donahue, Barbara Walters, Ted Turner and Jean
In June 1999, Williams received the 1999 Tipper Gore Remember the
Children Volunteer Award from the National Mental Health Association.
The award is presented annually "to a person who shows outstanding
volunteer work in improving the mental health of America's children
through outspoken advocacy and public education." Additionally, the
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) presented its
President's Award to the show in November 1998 in recognition of its
Williams was also honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Humanitarian Award on March 5, 1999 which was presented to him by New
York Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue in a special ceremony in Albany.
The award recognized Williams' tireless efforts and support of positive
initiatives affecting youth, especially for creating a greater national
awareness on the need for the prevention of school violence.
Also in 1999, Williams was presented with a PRISM Award when he received
the Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Award from the
Entertainment Industries Council for serving as a role model to the
Most Importantly Montel is a family man and the proud father of four
***FREEDOM THROUGH VIGILANCE***
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