【2014.4.11】【英译中】Bill Clinton - My Life ---ONE--Part 3

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Chapter ONE

Part 3

In 1974, I was running for Congress. It was my first race and the local paper did a feature story on my mother. She was at her regular coffee shop early in the morning discussing the article with a lawyer friend when one of the breakfast regulars she knew only casually came up to her and said, “I was there, I was the first one at the wreck that night.

然后到了我为国会奔走的1974年,那是我的第一次竞选。当地的一家报纸对我的母亲做了个专题报道。那一天清晨,她正在一家她常去的咖啡厅里和一位律师朋友正讨论着什么。这时,她也是偶然才得知的早餐店的一位常客走到她跟前,对她说:“我有在那儿哟,那个事故的夜晚,我是第一个到那地方的人”,

He then told Mother what he had seen, including the fact that my father had retained enough consciousness or survival instinct to try to claw himself up and out of the water before he died. Mother thanked him, went out to her car and cried, then dried her tears and went to work.

然后他告诉我的母亲他所看见的一切,包括我的父亲是怀有何等的清醒意识和求生本能,试着从水里爬起来,以及在临死之前所做的所有挣扎。听完后,母亲对他道了谢,然后走出餐馆,躲进车里,哭了起来。几分钟后,她擦干了眼泪,开始去工作。

 

In 1993, on Father’s Day, my first as President, theWashington Post ran a long investigative story on my father, which was followed over the next two months by other investigative pieces by the Associated Press and many smaller papers.

1993年的父亲节,我第一次当上了总统。华盛顿邮报对我的父亲作了份长篇调查,虽然在接下来的两个月被其他的各种小报和美联社的调查所覆盖。

The stories confirmed the things my mother and I knew.

这些故事证实了我跟母亲所知道的事情。

 They also turned up a lot we didn’t know, including the fact that my father had probably been married three times before he met Mother, and apparently had at least two more children.

当然,他们也抖出了些我们所不知道的事情。包括我的父亲在遇见我母亲之前,可能已经结过三次婚。而且很显然,他至少有两个以上的孩子。

 

My father’s other son was identified as Leon Ritzenthaler, a retired owner of a janitorial service, from northern California.

我父亲的另外一个儿子就已经被证实是Leon Ritzenthaler,一个来自加里福利亚北方的清洁服务公司的退休老板。

In the article, he said he had written me during the ’92 campaign but had received no reply.

在这篇报道中说,在 92竞选中,他曾给我写过信,但没有收到任何的回复。

I don’t remember hearing about his letter, and considering all the other bullets we were dodging then, its possible that my staff kept it from me.

我不记得有听说过他信件的事情,而且考虑到我们正在躲避对手的恶性攻击。它极有可能是我的同事故意不让我看见。

Or maybe the letter was just misplaced in the mountains of mail we were receiving.

或者这封信完全就淹没在了我们收到的堆积如山的信件之中。

Anyway, when I read about Leon, I got in touch with him and later met him and his wife, Judy, during one of my stops in northern California.

不管怎样,但我读到关于LEON的时候,我和他取得了联系。后来我在加里福利亚北方一次逗留中,跟他和他的妻子碰了次面。

We had a happy visit and since then we’ve corresponded in holiday seasons. He and I look alike, his birth certificate says his father was mine, and I wish Id known about him a long time ago.

我们有了一次愉快的拜访,在那之后,我们会经常一起度假期。他和我很像,他的出生证明证实了他的父亲就是我的父亲,我真希望我在很久之前就已经知道他。

 

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