A lesson of life
" Everything happens for the best, " my mother said whenever I faced disappointment. "If you can carry on, one day something 36 will happen. And you'll 37 that it wouldn't have happened if not for that previous disappointment. "
After graduating from college, I 38 that mother was right. I had decided to try for a job in radio, then work my way up to sports announcer. I travelled to Chicago by getting 39 rides from drivers of passing cars and knocked on the door of every station-and got turned 40 every time.
In one studio, a kind lady told me that big stations couldn't 41 hiring inexperienced person-"Go out in the countryside and find a small station that'll give you a 42 , " she said.
I returned home to Dixon, Illinois. While there was no radio-announcing jobs in Dixon, my father said Montgomery Ward had opened a store and wanted a 43 athlete to manage its sports department. Since Dixon was where I had played high school football, I 44 . The job sounded just 45 for me. But I wasn't 46 .
My 47 must have shown. "Everything happens for the best," Mom 48 me. Dad 49 me the car to job hunt. I tried WOC Radio in Davenport, Iowa. The program director, a wonderful Scotsman named Peter MacArthur, told me they had already hired an announcer.
As I left his office, I felt extremely 50 .I asked 51 , " How can a fellow get to be a sport announcer if he can't get a job in a radio station?"
I was waiting for the elevator 52 I heard MacArthur calling, " What was that you said about sports? Do you know anything about football?" Then he stood me 53 a microphone (麦克风) and asked me to broadcast an 54 game.
On my way home, as I have many times since, I thought of my mother's words: " Keep on trying until some day you succeed. Something wouldn't have happened if not for that previous failure. " I often wonder what 55 my life might have taken if I'd got the job at Montgomery
36. A. good B. bad C. interesting D. important
37. A. hope B. declare C. realize D. explain
38. A. announced B. discovered C. suggested D. expected
39. A. smooth B. short C. comfortable D. free
40. A. on B. down C. in D. up
41. A. advise B. mind C. risk D. practise
42. A. choice B. promise C. result D. chance
43. A. professional B. natural C. local D. top
44. A. volunteered B. responded C. registered D. applied
45. A. right B. special C. difficult D. correct
46. A. fired B. identified C. hired D. interviewed
47. A. astonishment B. disappointment C. ambition D. appreciation
48. A. admired B. undersood C. blamed D. reminded
49. A. offered B. made C. showed D. returned
50. A. discouraged B. delighted C. embarrassed D. frightened
51. A. anxiously B. aloud C. carefully D. politely
52. A. if B. as C. while D. when
53. A. on B. in C. before D. over
54. A. imaginary B. interesting C. important D. intemational
55. A. effect B. direction C. aim D. pleasure