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Fireside Al: ‘Hoofbeats on a Wooden Bridge’

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In this 1978 clip from CBC Radio's As It Happens, Alan Maitland, as Fireside Al, reads Hoofbeats on a Wooden Bridge, by Alexander Woollcott.  It is a sentimental reminiscence about returning home for Christmas, and how well the memory can be evoked by the simple sound of hoofbeats on a wooden bridge.

Medium: Radio
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1978
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 4:52
Photo: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Van Vechten Collection, reproduction number van.5a52814

Did You know?


• Alexander Woollcott was born Jan. 19, 1887 in Phalanx, New Jersey, and died Jan. 23, 1943, in New York City.

• He began his career with The New York Times, but after reporting for The Stars and Stripes during the First World War, Woollcott worked for various publications and eventually moved to radio, where he built his reputation as a critic. He served as the inspiration for the title role of The Man Who Came to Dinner, and was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of critics, writers, actors and artists who met daily for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s.


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