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October 31, 2008

Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich On the passing Louis “Studs” Terkel

CHICAGO – “The memorable Louis ‘Studs’ Terkel spoke to Chicago and stood for Chicago. And today we mourn his passing.  Studs, perhaps best known in Chicago for his radio program, was also a gifted actor and writer.  He will be greatly missed.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”


Louis (Studs) Terkel (1912-2008), was a familiar voice in Chicago radio on his long-running daily program on WFMT, the Studs Terkel show. In the 1960s Terkel became interested in oral history and published books including Division Street: America (1967), Hard Times (1970), and Working (1974). Other books by Terkel include American Dreams: Lost and Found (1980), the Pulitzer Prize winning The Good War (1985), Chicago (1987), The Great Divide (1988), Race (1992), Coming of Age (1995), Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times (1995), My American Century (1998). Will the Circle be Unbroken? (2001), Hope Dies Last (2005), And They All Sang (2006), They All Sang (2007), and Touch and Go: A Memoir (2008).


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