Only in the 20th Century…
The life journey of Alastair Borthwick takes him through publishing in three, very distint, forms of published media! It is surely the type of story that could only come from the 20th century. This is because that century was the time in world history where publishing left print for the first time ever (outside of live performance venue platforms.)
Where did Print Go to?
Well, it would seem that print went to radio first. After that, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to see the eventual leap to television broadcasts. All three formats go unappreciated these days; this is true despite the fact that many modern media distribution formats are heavily based off of old ones. An example of such a thing would be a radio type of podcast.
So Alastair went along for the Journey?
As a matter of fact he did! In print he is most known, however. The two books that he wrote are still read in Scotland a great deal today! They were published at different times in his career too. One towards the beginning and one in the middle (after the second world war.) The first book was a collection of hill climbing articles he had written for a magazine. The second book was a history of the battle battalion that he served in during the war; the 5th Battalion.
Hill Climbing Advice turned into a Journalistic Career within other Mediums…
Alastair Borthwick was working in radio journalism in no time. Throughout the 1960’s he was also featured as a television journalist. He produced nearly several hundred half hour length television programs for Scottish television. Just as with the hill climbing articles, author Alastair could pump them out!
Alastair was a Real Pioneer as far as Hill Climbing Literature went…
Believe it or not, hill climbing was considered an elitist sport. This is true in a similar fashion that many lower and middle class consumers consider golfing to be such a thing. T.S. Eliot basically demanded the publishing company release the collection of articles written by Mr. Borthwick. They’ve been preferred reading by the Scottish ever since.
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