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December 31, 2009

Meeting Salinger

Meeting Salinger

Ever since "The Catcher in the Rye" was first released 58 years ago, it has captivated readers. But author J.D. Salinger has also been very protective of his work. Earlier this year, at the age of 90, Salinger won a court case to ban the U.S. publication of a new book that attempts to continue to story of Holden Caulfield.

Jim Sadwith was a boarding school student in the 1960s when he first read "The Catcher in the Rye." He immediately saw himself in the character of Holden. Jim's dream had been to become an actor, and now his dream was to play Holden Caulfield on stage. So he wrote a play based on "The Catcher in the Rye"—and he set out to find the reclusive J.D. Salinger to get his permission to perform it. He finally found Salinger. Jim was devastated when the author refused permission, but he was elated at having met the man. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it meant to him to meet J.D. Salinger and why he decided to perform his play, even against the author's wishes. This story originally aired on July 9, 2009.

  • See a picture of Jim as a young man.
  • Music in this story: My One and Only Love performed by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman


A Lesson at the Racetrack

Matt Kiley has heard our call for “Your Story” and he wrote in to tell us the story he will never forget. It all began with an art show. Matt and his wife were scheduled to participate in a big event, the kind of event where they expected to net a big chunk of their yearly income. But the show changed venues, and Matt didn’t make much money. That night, for some reason, he went to the track. And then he got a hot tip. And then he began to win. But Matt’s story doesn’t stop there. He joins Dick to tell about what happened next. This story also originally aired on July 9, 2009.

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