Before Listening

William Cimillo (all images courtesy of Dennis Cimillo/Radio Diaries).

Have you ever felt bored? Stuck in a routine? Have you ever wanted to do something different – something completely spontaneous?

After driving a New York City bus for many years, one morning William Cimillo turned his bus left instead of right, and kept going – all the way to Florida. In this piece you’ll hear an interview with Mr. Cimillo, and then Joe Richman of Radio Diaries speaks with Cimillo’s two sons, who have very different views about their father’s adventure.

Think about these questions before you listen:

  • Why would someone do something like this?
  • What would happen when he returned to New York?
  • How do you think his family would react?
  • Would some people enjoy hearing his story? Why?