Tribute to Alistair Cooke
Alistair Cooke, whose 100th birthday is today, was "a terrific writer who became famous as a talker - on Radio 4 in Britain and on PBS in America".
For British broadcasters visiting New York, it was the BBC equivalent of whale-watching off Cape Cod: After days of hanging around the corporation’s Rockefeller Center studios, you’d be rewarded by a glimpse of a dapper figure in trilby and camel-hair coat. He’d glide past reception and into the studio, place a typed script on a wooden, straw-latticed lectern and begin to. . .talk. . .