Read the article. Before reading look at the words in the box and try to predict what the story would be about.

  1. A Short History of Public Broadcasting
  2. A. Do pre-reading tasks before each abstract, then read and translate the abstracts about the basics of management.
  3. A. Read the text, give the English equivalents for the words in brackets, and single out the main items of the income statement.
  5. Act out a teacher-class session giving them a few tips on reading techniques.
  6. Add prefix re-. Translate the new words.
  7. Approaching the Text: Using prior knowledge and making predictions
  8. B) Substitute the words in italics with the idiom that would fit best in the context.
  9. B. Below is list of words derived from the same stem. Indicate the parts of speech. Choose suitable word for each blank in the sentences below.
  10. B. Match the definitions with the italicized words and phrases from the text.


defraud; disguise; fake; fraud; hoax; make up; autobiography; lie; forged letters; Swiss bank account



Seven sentences have been removed from the article. Put sentences A-H into the correct places in gaps 1-7. There is one extra sentence which you neednt use.


A. Of course, Im uncomfortable with discussing what you call betrayal.

B. After reading the manuscript and cross-examining Irving about his meeting with the billionaire, McCulloch became convinced that Irving was telling the truth, and that the telephone call he had received from Hughes was a fake.

C. His wife, Edith, received a two-year jail sentence in Switzerland, although most of the sentence was suspended and she served only two months.

D. He was a successful author with a three-book contract; he owned a lovely Ibiza farmhouse and his own boat.

E.Speaking on the telephone from his Bahamian hotel he held a bizarre television press conference, in which seven reporters sat around a table addressing questions to a voice coming from a speaker on a stand.

F. I couldnt believe it when McCulloch betrayed me by telling Hughes what Id done.

G. Especially, if you still have the money to give back, as we did,

H. Swiss authorities had been making investigation into Geneva bank account of HR Hughes, establishing that it was actually Irvings wife who was depositing the cheques and withdrawing the money.

You couldnt make it up

Clifford Irving was already a successful author, when in 1971 he hit upon the idea of faking the autobiography of the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes a man, who had not been seen in public, or broken silence for almost 15 years.

With forged letters and false promise, Irving convinced his publishers that Hughes had appointed him his biographer. He received cheques made out to Hughes for around $750,000, which Irvings wife carefully disguised in wigs and dark glasses deposited in Swiss bank account. Irving now says it was never about the money. His life was good (1) ____ What he was in search of was not a good life but an adventure.

Nor, he says, did he grasp that he would be committing a crime. We thought it was just a hoax. They cant put you in jail for hoax (2) ___

He pauses. It just seemed like such an elegant act and also an act from which I thought I could withdraw at any time I wanted. That, he acknowledged with a rueful smile, was the great fallacy.

What is most astonishing, perhaps, is how Irving managed to convince so many people for so long that he Hughes autobiography was genuine. As news of its impending publication began to leak out, Franc McCulloch, a Time-Life journalist, who had been the last person to interview Hughes 14 years earlier, received a telephone call from a man purporting to be Hughes, stating that they had not cooperated with Irving in any way (3) ___ . In fact, the call was genuine.

On January 7, 1972, just before scheduled publication, Hughes finally broke cover. (4) ___ Hughes said he had never met Irving calling his autobiography totally fantastic fiction.

The net was drawing tighter. (5) _____ in the face of this clinching piece of evidence, Irving confessed to his lawyer; the whole thing was a hoax.

Did Irving feel any kind of remorse? Irving gives a deep sigh. As the hoax unraveled, a number of people said to me, How could you lie to me? My answer was, How could I tell you the truth? If you had known that the whole thing was made up you might have given it away. I couldnt let you know. (6) ___ But it was more than 35 years ago and I paid the price.

In June 1972, Irving was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment on charges of conspiracy to defraud, forgery, using the federal mail to defraud and perjury. (7) ____ I didnt think of it as being punished. It was just happening, says Irving, but at the same time I never thought I didnt deserve to be there.[92]



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