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

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Our story today is called on the road. It is from his book called ‘a life on the road’. For many years, he traveled across the United States, telling the interesting stories about Americans. His stories were broadcast on the CBS television network. Later, some were published in books. Here is him with today’s story ‘On the Road’. I had the somewhat unrealistic idea that I would find interesting stories at every crossroads throughout the American countryside. So the cameraman, soundman 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 northeast corner of the United States. We drove aimlessly without one idea in our heads. I began to get nervous, wondering if an idea would ever come. Then, the sun came out and the wind started to blow and bright autumn 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 a new reporter, I was used to going fast and working hard. These kinds of stories, however, seemed to work best when I went slow and took it easy. When I finally 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 professor John Franklin Smith. He taught speech and drama at college until he was seventy 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 fifteen years as a cleaning man in the gymnasium. ‘During my years of the professor,’ he said, ‘I would walk through the gym and see the men cleaning the floor. I know what a mop was and what a bucket was. It was a hard work for me at first, but I get used to it. It is necessary to work.’
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