STUDS TERKEL: Studs Terkel dead —

The author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol has died. “My epitaph? My epitaph will be ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat,'” he once said.

I stood in line behind Studs Terkel at Treasure Island once when I was in college. I was looking at him pretty intently, I guess, trying to determine if it was him, and he noticed me and smiled and said “It’s me.” I don’t know how often he had college students recognizing him, but he seemed perfectly at ease with it all.

I always had great fondness and respect for him, and for his love of storytelling. He’s a hero to me, and he will be missed.

I knew it was coming, but I hate that it had to happen. Studs Terkel died.

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