Saturday, November 1, 2008

Goodbye Studs Terkel


The Life and Work of Studs Terkel

The legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has died at the age of 96 in Chicago.

Studs Terkel worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor, and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he was particularly well-known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who drew celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories. Read more...


  1. He was an interesting man with a marvelous mind. We have lost so many of those people this year and he will be missed!

  2. RIP, Studs. Great man. Must mention the fine show he did in about '62 with a very young Dylan. Well worth hearing.

  3. Who better to quote about our loss of this fine man than Studs himself?

    "I wake up each morning and gather my wits.
    I pick up the paper and read the obits.
    If my name is not in it, I know I'm not dead.
    So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed."

    Thank goodness we still have his books and we can hope there is a heaven to welcome him home.

  4. I can't believe he's gone...Scott Whitney sent me a text with the news on Halloween evening and left me in total shock. What a guy, no?

  5. Hi, sweet! I think I mentioned somewhere that you gave me a new copy of Working. What a book! Another exceptional intellect and wit gone off to the heavens.

    I'm sure we'll talk in a bit...


  6. Sylvia: It's true what they say about us appreciating people more when they're gone but then again perhaps that's why a lot of people create. Thanks for stopping by.

    Bear: that would be something Studs would do well: interview an icon like Bob Dylan.

    Susan: Great quote. THank you for sharing it here.


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