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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (2)

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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 Charls Crop. It is from his book called the Life On the Road. For many years, Charls Crop travels across the United States telling interesting stories about Americans’. His storied were broadcasted on the CBS network. Later, some were published in books. Here is Sharpe O’Neal with today’s story On the Road.

 

I had the somewhat unrealistic idea that I would find interesting stories at every cross roads throughout the 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 Northeast corner of the United States we drove endlessly 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 the bright autumn leaves shook and fell of the trees. Yellow and red and gold rings down all of 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 news reporter, I was used to going fast and working hard. These kinds of stories, however, seemed to work best when I went slowly and took it easy. When I finally shook of the sense of speed of news man, I did not have to worry about finding stories any longer. They found me.

 

In west field Ohio, I met Profess John Frighten Smith. He taught speech and drama at outer by college until he was 70 years old. Then, the school rules said he had to retire. He could not imagine living 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 gymnasium. During my years as a professor, he said, I would work 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 at first, but I got used to it. It was necessary to work. I try to do it well.
All ways lead to Rome !
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