Montel Williams Snowboarding
March 15, 2012 by staff
Montel Williams Snowboarding, Interview with Montel Williams – by Dr. Gillian Friedman and Chet Cooper: A threatening war cry screams out, breaking the silence of the auditorium, “Mountain get out of my way!” Rap music fills the room, moving the young audience with its rhythm. The beat creates a bond between the group and the person on center stage. Minutes later gunshots fill the air. The music stops, as if shot itself. The loudest sound is the ringing in your ears; then come the cries of the scared starting to run.
In a loud but calming voice the man on center stage, Montel Williams, reassures that it’s okay, they were only blanks. This short staged vignette was one way Montel would capture the attention of a young audience to speak about violence and drug abuse.
In the late 1980s Montel traveled to thousands of schools across the country as a representative of the Navy. His War Against Drugs traveling show launched his talk-show career. Today he travels to Washington, D.C. with a new battle cry—to argue for the reclassification of marijuana, one of the drugs he once made his living discouraging among America’s youth.
Montel Williams has multiple sclerosis (MS). Those five words are changing the lives of millions of people. People with MS can have vastly different symptoms, but universal to all is that MS affects quality of life for them and the people closest to them.
With his tenacious personality, Montel is waging war against multiple sclerosis. His fight includes funding research to end MS, increasing public awareness and lobbying for legal access to marijuana for medical use.
Montel Williams has an impressive arsenal to wage this war. He began his professional career learning to fight in the US Marine Corps. He then entered the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and graduated with a degree in Engineering and a minor in International Security Affairs. As a naval officer Montel traveled the world on aircraft carriers and in submarines. He studied Chinese and Russian and specialized in cryptology.
While deployed in the Indian Ocean he helped provide the intelligence that allowed the U.S. to shoot down two Libyan fighters who had made aggressive moves toward our aircraft. He has been decorated with 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 most powerful weapon for Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams is, however, his talk show, now in its 13th season. His compassion for his guests and his can-do attitude have produced a large and loyal following. With 8 to 10 guests per show, Montel has now hosted over twenty-one thousand people. The Montel Williams Show is the only show of its kind to employ a full-time staff psychologist.
The show’s After-Care Program has arranged for guests to attend psychological counseling sessions, weight-loss and eating disorder programs, and drug rehabilitation centers after they appear on the show. Because of the respect that Montel has garnered from his audience, when he talks about serious issues, millions of people listen.
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