Studs Terkel, a symbol of Chicago for so many years, has died. Mr. Terkel, according to the Chicago Tribune, suffered a fall two weeks ago that seems to have led to his death, something that so often happens to people in their eighties and nineties.
Most of his books were written radio. Terkel asked questions and then listened. He drew out of people things they didn't know they had in them.What will be his last book, "P.S. Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening," is scheduled for a November release. Terkel was a one-of-a-kind writer who lived a unique life. I'll miss him.
"I think of myself as an old-time craftsman," Terkel said. "I've been doing this five days a week, for more than 30 years. When I realize the work is slipping, I'll quit. But I don't think I've reached that point yet. I still have my enthusiasm. I still love what I do."
And he was far from finished doing it.