Posts Tagged Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel dies at 96. Always Rocking the Boat

Chicago Tribune:

Author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol Louis “Studs” Terkel died Friday afternoon in his home on the North Side. At his bedside was a copy of his latest book, “P.S. Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening,” scheduled for release this month. He was 96 years old.

Studs Terkel’ cannot be summed up in a few lines: His style of speaking, soft, persuasive, humorous, poignant, inspiring. Speaker for the average man and woman. He spoke with courage and humor and honesty about the things that matter in the world. Never afraid to rock the boat.

This is a very long video–you won’t get through it. But if you have lived this long without knowing Studs Terkel, take a minute or two and listen.

I wonder if we are losing this eloquent and elegant manner of speech, reminiscent of Molly Ivins, Utah Phillips, others. Is that style dying out in favor of the more vitriolic, hate-filled speech that fills the airwaves now? I can’t think of a contemporary equivalent.


%d bloggers like this: