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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (1)

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Now the VOA Special English program American Stories.

 

Our story today is called "On the Road". It was written by American reporter Charles Kuralt. It is from his book called "A Life On the Road". For many years, Charles Kuralt travled across the United Stated, telling interesting stories about Americans. His stories were broadcasted on the CBS television network. Later, some were published in books. Here is Shep O'Neal with today's story "On the Road".

 

I had the somewhat unrealistic idea that I would find interesting stories at every crossroads throughout American countryside. So the camera man, sound man and I started out with great hope from New York city.

 

For a few rainy days, we drove through the small towns of New England, the north-east corner of the United States. We drove aimlessly without one idea in our heads. I began to get neverous, wondering if an idea would ever come.

 

Then, the sound came out and the wind started to blow and the bright autum leaves shook and fell off the trees. Yellow and red and gold rained down all around us. In every town, children were playing in the hills of leaves. We got the camera out and did our first story about how pretty it all was.

 

As the reporter, I was used to going fast and working hard. Thess kinds of stories, however, seemed to work best what I went slow and took it easy. When I finial shook off the sense of speed of a newsman. I did not have to worry about finding  stories any longer. They found me.

 

In Westerville, Ohio, I met the professor John Franklin Smith. He tought speech and drama at Otterbein College until he was 70 years old. Then the school rules said he had to retire. He could not imagine leaving the students behind. So, when he was forced to retire, he just kept working at the college. He had continued to work for 15 years as a cleaning man in the gymnasium.

 

"During my years as a professor," he said, "I would walk through the gym and see the men cleaning the floor. I knew what a mop was and what a bucket was. It was hard work for me first, but I get used to it. It is necessary to work."

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