Saturday, November 29, 2008


With everything going on at the end of October, I didn't get much time to think about or react to the news that one of my personal heroes, and one of America's greatest historians, Studs Terkel, was dead at age 96, Halloween day.

Studs was not only a radio icon, and true oral historian, but he was also one of the most engaging and lyrical speakers/orators/authors of the 20th century. His ability to get people to tell their own stories in their own words, and his knack for putting the stories together into an illuminating narrative cannot be compared. He was an outspoken liberal activist, and a dedicated chronicler of middle class life in America.

Here's to hoping he had a few books hidden in his desk, yet to see the publishing light of day.

If you're new to his legacy, some clips to get you going:

TV Legends Invterview (3 parts).

A 1996 Interview with Michael Moore on the 1930's labor movement.

One of his final interviews, on BBC's HARDtalk.

Conversations with America: audio from "Hard Times" recordings.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for mentioning Studs, Jason. I blogged about him as well here:

    He really was one of the greats and will be missed. It is so wonderful that YouTube preserves for us his words, his passion, his humor.