Anson Williams has lived through the good and the bad in his decade-long career. One of the highlights of his life was his close brush with death in the early 2000s, an incident that left him with an important lesson.
Legendary actor Anson Williams is famous for his numerous movie roles, especially his portrayal of Warren "Potsie" Weber on "Happy Days."
However, the icon has deviated slightly from his Hollywood endeavors occasionally, doubling as a life-hack instructor since encountering an accident that nearly claimed his life. He hopes his hack will save other drivers from experiencing similar ordeals.
THE CLOSE CALL
The 71-year-old once recounted how he had an accident that almost killed him. Sometime in the early 2000s, Williams was suffering from dehydration, which caused him extreme fatigue, leading him to fall asleep without warning.
One day, he dozed off behind the wheels and ended up having a devastating accident. Williams recalled bouncing around in the California desert, but luckily, he escaped with his life.
SEEKING OUT A REMEDY
Knowing he was lucky to escape death, the survivor reached out to his uncle, Dr. Henry Heimloch, who luckily had a remedy on hand.
Heimlich, who coincidentally invented the Heimlich maneuver, a globally utilized technique for resuscitating choking victims, readily recommended another life-saving hack. Interestingly, the technique involves the use of resources readily available in the kitchen.
Williams explained: "He said to cut up lemons, and whenever I felt drowsy, just bite into them. When citric acid and sour combination hits the nerve on your tongue, it creates an immediate adrenaline-reflex-body reaction."
The reaction has the effect of inducing alertness instantly. The "Happy Days" actor has since put the hack into practice and has never experienced drowsiness afterward.
SHARING WITH THE WORLD
After years of applying the life-saving technique in his daily life, Williams learned that falling asleep behind the wheels was one of the major culprits of road accidents.
It also accounted for the most catastrophic happening, in league with guns and drunk driving. That knowledge immediately triggered his willingness to save lives, knowing he had the keys on hand all along.
With some instructions from Dr. Heimlich, the actor and his business partner, JoAnna Connell, devised a means of making the lemons handy for all drivers. He shared:
"I talked to Dr. Heimlich and asked if we can put lemons into spray drops. He said absolutely. It's all about placement, the top of your tongue."
Armed with that knowledge, Williams and Connell developed Alert Drops. The first prototype was developed in 2015. However, it took the business partners about two years to perfect it, eventually releasing the finished product in 2017.
Alert Drops has since saved many lives, helping drivers beat drowsy driving. Williams admitted that his decision to save lives was motivated by his battle with stage 2 colon cancer. Beating the disease gave the actor a new perspective on life, which was the wake-up call he needed.
WILLIAMS' PERSONAL LIFE AND RELATIONSHIPS
Anson Williams has been married twice. His first marriage was to his "Happy Days" co-star, Lorrie Mahaffey, who played his sorority sweetheart, Jennifer, in seasons 5 and 6 on the show.
The pair, who dated for about two years, even before their joint appearance on the show, tied the knot in November 1978. However, they divorced in 1986, two years after "Happy Days" went off the air.
In 1988, Williams tied the knot again with producer Jackie Gerken. The duo welcomed five daughters, Stella, Gabriella, Jessa, Hannah, and Olivia.
The actor and the Hollywood executive lived in marital bliss for 21 years before it all came crumbling down in 2019. The icon filed for divorce in September that year, citing irreconcilable differences.
Notwithstanding, Williams' failure to save his marriage twice has not hindered him from helping millions of lives in the last decade with his remarkable anti-dizziness hack.