to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Special English.
we play music by three rock groups…
a question about a beloved university professor who died last month…
report on a Hall of Fame for Americans from New Jersey.
Jersey Hall of Fame
scientist Albert Einstein, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, actress Meryl Streep and
musician Bruce Springsteen have in common? Faith Lapidus has the answer.
among the fifteen people who were chosen as the first members of the New Jersey
Hall of Fame. These people were either
born or lived in the eastern state of New Jersey. They were recognized for their influence on the state, the nation
or the world.
Einstein is considered the most important scientist of the twentieth century
because of his theories about physics and mathematics. Born in Germany, he made New Jersey his
home. Buzz Aldrin was the second human
to walk on the moon. Meryl Streep has received more Academy Award nominations
than any actor.
Jersey is one of several American states that have established a Hall of Fame
to honor its citizens, both living and dead. Thomas Edison was another famous
citizen of New Jersey. He invented many of the devices we use every day,
including the electric light bulb.
Harriet Tubman helped free many African American slaves through a system
known as the Underground Railroad. She used Cape May, New Jersey as her base.
General Norman Schwarzkopf was also chosen
for the state's Hall of Fame. He was one of America's top military
leaders. Yogi Berra was one of the best
baseball players in history. He played
for the New York Yankees and still lives in New Jersey.
not have time to tell you about all of the New Jersey Hall of Famers. But two of America's most popular singers
were from that state. Frank Sinatra became famous in the nineteen forties. He
was a major influence in American popular music for many years. Bruce Springsteen is a hero to many
Americans. He expresses his love for New Jersey and America in his songs. One
of his most famous songs is "Born In the U.S.A."
Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture"
listener question this week comes from China.
Alex wants to know about Randy Pausch, who died July twenty-fifth of
pancreatic cancer at the age of forty-seven.
Pausch became famous around the world for a talk he gave to his students at
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He gave the talk last September, after
doctors told him he had only a few months left to live. He called it his
Pausch was famous in his field of computer science. He taught videogame and
virtual reality technology. He had
helped develop a well known educational software tool called Alice. It lets
students create three-dimensional computer animations.
But Randy Pausch's last lecture was not about
that subject. His talk was called
"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams."
Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Zaslow reported on the talk. The newspaper's Web site broadcast a video
of it on the Internet. Millions of
people have seen it.
Pausch spoke to about four hundred students.
He said you have to play the cards you are dealt in life. How you play those cards is your only
choice. In other words, he could not
change the deadly cancer, but only how he lived his remaining days.
next hour or so, Professor Pausch talked about his childhood dreams. They included experiencing zero gravity. He
told how he had reached this goal as an adult.
his students won a NASA competition to use the space agency's astronaut
weightlessness training equipment. NASA
told Mister Pausch that as a professor he could not take part. So he thought up a new plan to get around
the problem. He got a press pass and
experienced zero gravity as a reporter. Mister Pausch told the story to
demonstrate the barriers that people may find in the way of their dreams.
Pausch also told his students that helping other people fulfill their childhood
dreams was even more fun than reaching his own. He called on his fellow
professors and students to go on without him and do great things.
Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow wrote a book together called "The Last Lecture." It became a best seller. It has been
translated into thirty languages. Mister
Pausch also raised money and awareness for pancreatic cancer research.
Pausch left behind a wife and three very young children. He said the last lecture was meant to be a
"message in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children."
Popular Rock Groups
play music by three popular rock groups. Nine Inch Nails, the Foxboro Hot Tubs
and Elvis Costello have recently released new albums. One album is free.
Another will seem very familiar. And, the last record we play is named after
the inventor of a popular kind of noodles. Barbara Klein has more.
the song "Discipline" from Nine Inch Nails' latest album, "The Slip."
Inch Nails has been making industrial rock music since the late nineteen
eighties. Trent Reznor is the main force behind the band. He writes, performs
and produces the band's material. He has criticized the music industry and the
record company that used to represent him. Nine Inch Nails' latest album is available
free of charge on the band's Web site. The Web site states that the album is a
way to thank fans for their continued support.
And the band hopes people will remix the songs to create new versions.
(MUSIC: "27th Ave. Shuffle")
the song "27th Ave. Shuffle" by the Foxboro Hot Tubs. It may remind
you of music by the band Green Day. That is because this is music by
Green Day. Billie Joe Armstong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool of Green Day created
this band as a side project. The new band's album is called "Stop, Drop and
Roll." This is not the first time the members of Green Day have taken on a new
identity. In two thousand three they performed as a band called The Network.
Costello recently released his new album "Momofuku," recorded with his band,
the Imposters. It was named in honor of Momofuku Ando. He invented the world's
first pre-cooked instant noodles. Costello chose this name because he recorded
the album in only one week — almost instantly. "Momofuku" was first released on
a vinyl record, then later as a CD. We leave you with Elvis Costello singing
"Drum & Bone."
Johnson. I hope you enjoyed our program
written by Elizabeth Stern, Caty Weaver and Dana Demange, who was also the
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