Studs Terkel At 95: "Ordinary People Are Capable of Doing Extraordinary Things, and That's What It's All About. They Must Count!"
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
Celebrations and tributes are taking place across the country to mark the 95th birthday of Studs Terkel, the legendary radio broadcaster, oral historian and author. The Chicago History Museum is hosting a party today in honor of Studs and a skywriter will fly over the city to spell out happy birthday wishes.
WFMT - the local station Studs long called his radio home and where he is known as the "resident free spirit" - will devote the entire day's programming to him. Studs Terkel joins us from a studio in Chicago for a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his work and his thoughts on the past century...
...Today, we spend the hour with Studs Terkel. On Monday, he joined us from a studio in Chicago for a conversation about his life, his work, his thoughts on the past century. I began by asking him what it feels like to be ninety-five years old.
STUDS TERKEL: :It feels like I'm ninety-five years old. It feels rotten, physically, to tell you the truth. I've had several accidents, falls, broken necks, arterial substitutions. However, here I am, breathing and inhaling and exhaling. But when Robert Browning said in his poem "Rabbi Ben Ezra," come and "Grow old [along] with me! The best is yet to be," he was telling as much truth as George W. Bush and Karl Rove. He lied like a rug. No, growing too old is not that great, quite frankly, especially if most your life has been tempestuous and involved with matters of the world, he, this young guy, through the years thought."...