Sleepy Hollow Celebrates the Headless Horseman
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Now, here's news of a writer about ghosts. Washington Irving is making some news, well after his death. He is the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane is pursued by a headless horseman. On this Halloween, that 1819 story is being celebrated in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The village will unveil an 18-foot tall sculpture of the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane. It weighs 11-tons, it is set in concrete, and nobody has seen it yet. The village trucked it in overnight to avoid something that Washington Irving never dreamed about - heavy traffic.
(Soundbite of Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
Mr. BING COSBY (Crooner): (Singing) When the spooks have a midnight jamboree, they break it up with fiendish glee. Ghosts are bad but the one that's cursed is the headless horseman, he's the worst.
CHORUS: (singing) That's right, he's the fright on Halloween night.
Mr. CROSBY: When he goes a-joggin' ‘cross the land…
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