Studs Terkel

(1912-) was born Louis Terkel in New York City. First trained as a lawyer, he eventually worked as a Chicago stage actor and radio host. By the 1950s he had his own TV show. He later left TV, and devoted himself to radio, when the House Committee on Un-American Activities interpreted his liberal politics as a cover for Communist sympathies. Terkel is well-known for recording the opinions of Americans' on topics ranging from World War II and the Depression to the American dream. He has written a number of oral histories, including "The Good War," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.

! Pub date: 6/07/98


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