Alistair Cooke

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  • Cooke lived in a rent controlled apartment in Manhattan for more than 50 years.

  • Cooke: In America the race is on between its decadence and its vitality, and it has lots of both.

  • He presented his Letter from America series on BBC radio for 58 years and 2,869 instalments between 1946 and 2004, making it the longest-running series in history to be presented by a single person.

  • When Cooke was asked how long it took him to make America, his critically acclaimed documentary series, he replied: "I do not want to be coy, but it took 40 years."

  • He was parodied in Sesame Street’s "Monsterpiece Theater" as "Alistair Cookie."

  • Bibliography Douglas Fairbanks: The Making of a Screen Character (1940 - ISBN 0870706845) Mencken (1955 - ISBN 0848804651) Talk About America (1968 - ISBN 0370003349) The Americans (1980 - 0425046818) Talk About America, 1951-68 (1981 - ISBN 0140057641) A Generation on Trial: The USA v. Alger Hiss (1982 - ISBN 0-313-23373-X) The Patient Has the Floor (1986 - ISBN 1-55504-214-7) America Observed: From the 1940s to the 1980s (1988 - ISBN 0394573420) Six Men (1995 - ISBN 1-55970-317-2) Fun & Games with Alistair Cooke: On Sport and Other Amusements (1996 - ISBN 1-55970-327-X) Memories of the Great and the Good (2000 - ISBN 1-55970-545-0) Alistair Cooke's America (2003 - ISBN 1841882291) Letter from America: 1946-2004 (2005 - ISBN 0141020156) The American Home Front: 1941-1942 (2006 - ISBN 0-87113-939-1) Alistair Cooke's American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War (2006 - ISBN 0-713-99879-2)

  • He was just yards away from Senator Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.

  • He was a passionate fan of jazz music, a passion which he alluded to during his America series.

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