Today the Chronicles of Narnia opened in German cinemas — and SWR1, a German radio station, did a phone interview with me about C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia. Apparently, the SWR1 people wanted to give their listeners some background info about the film as Lewis’s books aren’t that well known in Germany. So they phoned the British Studies at the university of Mainz in order to find somebody who might know something about author and book. This in turn resulted in a bit of panic at our department, because none of the people present had read the Chronicles or wanted to be interviewed. Our secretary then called me — and thus cleared the way to my five minutes of fame. I had a vague idea what THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE is about and could tell them amusing things about the Inklings: that they met on Tuesday mornings at the Eagle and the Child (nicknamed “The Bird and the Babe”) in Oxford and on Thursday evenings in Lewis’s sitting room at Magadalen College (pronounced Maudlin).
That interview probably changed the history of radio forevermore. *g*