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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 was from his book called “A Life On the Road”. For many years Charles Kuralt traveled across the United States telling interesting stories about the Americans. His stories were broadcast on the CBS television network. Later some were published in books. Here is Shaple Neal with today’s story “On the Road”.

 

I have the somewhat unrealistic idea that I would find interesting stories at the cross roads throughout the American countryside. So the cameramen, soundmen 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 an 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 off the trees. Yellow and red and gold rained down all around us. In every town children were playing and heals our leaves. We got the camera out and did our first story about how pretty Iowa 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 slow and took it easy. When I finally shook off the sense of speed of a news man I did not have to worry about finding stories any longer. They found me.

 

In West Hill Ohio, I met professor John Franklin Smith. He taught speech and drama at / 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 in the college. He had continued to work for 15 years as a cleaning man in the /. “During my years as professor”, he said, “I would walk through the / and see the man 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 is necessary to work.”

 

 

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