where trouble was needed

November 1, 2008

Studs Terkel (1912 – 2008)

Filed under: Memories — Aravinda @ 8:00 pm

Studs Terkel passed away.

I am so grateful to Amy Goodman and Steven Sackur for interviewing him last year – at age 95 he was alert and lucid. It was a great gift to hear those interviews.

Celebrated Author Elevated Listening to an Art

Excerpts from above article:

Terkel was an artist of conversation who once described his work as “listening to what people tell me.”

From 1949 to 1952, he had a television interview show, “Studs’ Place,” which was canceled after the House Un-American Activities Committee raised questions about Terkel’s earlier political associations.

Studs Terkel at a universal health care rally, 2007

Studs Terkel at a universal health care rally, 2007

 

“Terkel understands that what people need … and what they perhaps will never find, is a sympathetic ear.”

Here is an interview he did last year at age 95, where he said he wanted to be remembered as “someone who made trouble where trouble was needed.”

Some older interviews from the archive of Democracy Now are here.

Studs Terkel (age 95) at a 2007 Rally promoting Universal health care. Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studs_Terkel

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