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spacer.gif   STUDS TERKEL PASSES AWAY
Posted by : cj on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 06:19 PM
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Chicago Poetry Letters Section .
Hi:

I'm saddened to share the sad news about the death of one of the all-time great rabble-rousers, Studs Terkel. He passed away this afternoon, at the age of 96.

Thom Clark, Nick Delgado and Hank DeZutter -- my friends and colleagues at the Community Media Workshop -- have posted a moving statement at www.newstips.org.

We'll surely miss Studs. Right now, I can't help recalling the lyrics from This Land is Your Land, which several hundred people always sing together at the end of the Workshop's annual Studs Terkel Awards event:

"I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps

to the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me."

Studs devoted his life to helping all of us hear those voices sounding. And so, what now? We carry on. Take care -- and, as Studs used to sign-off: "Take it easy -- but take it." Mike

Michael Burke

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Here are some links:

Sun Times Report

Chicago Tribune Report

CNN Report

Bloomberg Report

Community Media Workshop




In Memory of Studs Terkel
by Daniel Cleary


Curiosity did not kill this cat.
It animated him. It set him free.
Free to ask questions, find out what was what
From a whole spectrum of humanity---
For him, both high and low were all the same.
He touched the core of everybodyís heart.
Foraging forward without praise or blame
He turned the interview into an art.
His work is beyond assessment, itís too vast;
And yet a common thread runs through it all,
His jovial spirit, when he probed and pressed
And had his subject up against the wall
Truths were revealed, often surprising both.
He was a great egalitarian poet.

II

Our chronicler is goneóour mighty Studs!
We shall not come upon his like again.
We knew him by his crumpled hat and duds
In need of pressing, by his sideways grin.
We knew him by his plethora of words
That bristled from his face and nose and ears.
On every subject that the world affords
A curious mind, he outclassed his peers.
Who can forget his wit, his warmth of heart
Which permeated all he set about
With avid gusto? Who can forget his part
In putting racial prejudice to rout?
Who can forget his books, his interviews?
His culling of the news that's always news?




Send us a letter, link or a comment about Studs Terkel to chicagopoetry@chicagopoetry.com



Note: Studs Terkel has passed away. "Curiosity did not kill this cat." Here are the details.

 
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