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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Studs Terkel, Rest in Peace


Somewhere inside one of the many boxes holding my life’s souvenirs I have an old fund-raiser program from Chicago Public Radio WBEZ, titled something like “An evening with Studs Terkel and Mike Royko.” It was about 15 years ago; for a donation of $365, I qualified to attend the event hosted by The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I am not one to chase “stars” of any magnitude, yet I felt that it would be very special to see Studs Terkel in person; he was very old back then and I felt this would be my one and only chance to see a true master. Besides, also seeing the famous Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and best selling author Mike Royko, another of my idols, would be a treat. No one would have ever guessed that Terkel would outlive Royko, who was 20 years his junior; Mike Royko died in 1997.
Studs Terkel, a grand piece of our history, a man of incredible talent and fortitude, died yesterday at his home in Chicago. He was 96 years old.

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