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    Default Oral Historian STUDS TERKEL Dies at 96







    Studs Terkel, Chicago Author and Oral Historian, Dies at 96

    By Cary O'Reilly

    Nov. 1, 2008 (Bloomberg) -- Studs Terkel, who chronicled the travails and triumphs of America's working class as a radio-show host and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has died. He was 96.

    Terkel died yesterday at his home in Chicago, his son, Dan Terkel, said in an interview. ``He just went very quickly and was in no pain at all,'' Dan Terkel said. ``He lived a very long, full, satisfying though sometimes impetuous life.''

    Born in New York, Terkel became synonymous with Chicago, the city where he moved at age 10 and rarely left. His parents ran a boarding house and a men's hotel during the Great Depression, giving the young Terkel a steady diet of the struggles of ordinary people whose stories became his life's work.

    ``People's everyday experience can be as profound and as compelling as any celebrity,'' said Russell Lewis, chief historian of the Chicago Historical Society, which houses many of Terkel's collected works. ``Everyday experience is powerful, and Studs understood this.''

    Terkel's most popular books, ``Working,'' ``Hard Times,'' and ``The Good War,'' which earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1985, were compilations of transcribed interviews with waitresses, truck drivers, gravediggers and prostitutes telling their own stories.

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    I loved 'Working".....and we lost author Tony Hillerman this week as well....no more Joe Leaphorn, no more Jim Chee.... His stuff was so good, combining mystery with sociolgy, anthropology, history.

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    I have never read his works but iam going to check out....my parents grew up in the depression and I would probably know many of the similar stories.RIP
    BTW why do they call it the GREAT depression? It wasnt great!

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    C-Span showed some archive interviews with him yesterday. Interesting fellow.

    Oral historians are to history what buggy whips are to transportation which is unfortunate, especially in the internet age. When someone like Mr. Terkel dies, something very significant is lost.

 

 

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