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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:55 PM
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Legendary listener (Studs Terkel) Turns 95
Edited on Wed May-16-07 09:38 PM by Adenoid_Hynkel
Source: CNN

Legendary listener turns 95

CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- American original Studs Terkel, the author and oral historian who for decades gave a voice to working men and women, turned 95 Wednesday. But don't worry about his memory. He's sharp as a tack.

In fact, he's the one doing the worrying -- about what he describes as the memory loss of a country he suggests may be more interested in the transgressions of celebrities than more substantive affairs such as the politics of the Bush administration, which he characterizes as a "burlesque show."

"Look at the headlines, about how football player Tank Johnson went home to his mama, about Paris Hilton," said a frail but ever-tenacious Terkel during an interview in his home on the north side of Chicago this week.

Terkel, a legendary Chicagoan, won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1984 book, "The Good War," an oral history of World War II.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/05/16/terkel.birt...
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:08 PM
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1. Amy Goodman has a good Birthday OP-ED for Studs!
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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:08 PM
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2. Please correct subj. line spelling nt.
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:38 PM
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5. done
i knew better. oops
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:08 PM
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3. This man is a WORLD TREASURE
Remember we're nearly ALL WORKING CLASS!!!

And we're currently losing the class war.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:41 AM
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11. And he's cool to boot!
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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:27 PM
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4. I was listening to Goodman's interview with him
Edited on Wed May-16-07 09:52 PM by anotheryellowdog
on NPR this evening as I was driving home. Nineteen miles in Houston rush hour traffic is a long ride so I had a long time to listen. The guy is incredible! At 95, he is a veritable walking encyclopedia! He remembers not only names but also the details of interviews, stories and events he was involved in well beyond half a century ago. Nothing gets by him politically and/or socially. He's right on top of it. I have to say I was amazed. I wish my brain were wired like that. Happy Birthday, Studs!

:thumbsup: :toast: :thumbsup: :toast: :thumbsup: :toast:

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:38 PM
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6. The interviewer Larry King will never be
Happy birthday, Mr. Terkel.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:44 PM
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7. Okay..Studs is an
inspiration! I saw him on Phil Donahue before the big FIRE from msnbc in 2002 or early 2003.

Like Studs is saying.."IT'S THE MEDIA, STUPID!"
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:12 AM
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8. Studs Terkel is already carved in stone above
the Illinois State Library building's exterior, along with people like Carl Sandburg and Edgar Lee Masters and other literary fountains of inspiration.

May I live to be as sharp as Studs at the age of 95.

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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:28 AM
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9. Audio stream & transcript of Amy Goodman's birthday interview with Studs
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/16/140...

I watched it on tv -- twice. What an inspiration he is. Happy birthday, Studs!
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:23 AM
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10. Read the headline. For a second, thought he had died.
Edited on Thu May-17-07 01:25 AM by Mojambo
Glad to hear he's still kickin'.
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offthecurve Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:18 AM
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12. Long may he wave!
:loveya:
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:31 AM
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13. Wow - Studs, 95!!
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:53 AM
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14. "Working" is required reading. nt
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