Saturday, November 01, 2008

Studs Terkel Obituary

Studs Terkel, the great American chronicler of the struggles of the common man died yesterday at the age of 96.

Click HERE for the link below.,0,2321576.story


Grey Fedora said...

And the Alternet obit. As when Utah Phillips passed earlier this year, I can't add anything to what is being said by others, particularly the comments on this piece.

RedWing said...

Isn't that the guy that sued AT&T for giving out our records to the government? He was a great man for doing that.

I want privacy rights? I know you saw me type that George.

Grey Fedora said...

Didn't know about that one. Apparently, it is true.

Studs Terkel was a radio commentator from the Chicago area. He had a brief stint on television in the early 1950's, but the network took him off because of he McCarthy witch hunt.

Studs was actually more of an interviewer than a commentator. He had mostly everyday folks on his show, and compiled their interviews into several books: Working, Division Street America, and The Good War.

He was a mentor to Mike Royko, the great Chicago newspaper columnist. (Chicago's Molly Ivins.... he was always a gadfly on the posterior of Prince Richard the 1st and city hall. Sadly, he passed a few years ago, at a relatively young age.)