Monday, October 17, 2005

Studs is "very much alive"

A couple of my best age beat memories involve interviewing Studs Terkel. I was reminded of that when I saw this editorial in today's Chicago Tribune: There is a tradition at newspapers to kill people off long before their time is up, and so it was that the first "standing obituary" of Louis "Studs" Terkel was written in 1983 when he was a relatively coltish 71 and already had an estimable career as lawyer, actor, radio host, best-selling author and political activist."

It goes on to say, "Studs--relax, he's still very much alive ..."

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