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"Anyone who has heard Studs Terkel's voice, never mind met him, knows the vitality of this man, the liveliness, the humor and the largeness of spirit." --Robert Coles, author of Children of Crisis
At nearly ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that -- embodying the spirit of the man himself -- is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun.
Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences -- as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage -- giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and '30s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian, a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period, when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular TV hosts.
Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends.
About the Author
Born in 1912, Studs Terkel is the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Working, Hard Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good War. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Chicago.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Library - Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was an actor in radio soap operas, a disk jockey, a radio commentator, and a television emcee, and he is the author of Working and Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression.
Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. He has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.
Table of Contents
Editor's Note xi Acknowledgments xiii Prologue xv Part I
1 Street Scene 3
2 Bound for Glory 19
3 The Rooming House 29
4 The Convention That Would Never End 39
5 Teachers of the Gilded Age 48
6 The Hotel 52
7 A Good Citizen 68 Part II
8 Seeking Work 79
9 The Actor 88
10 Observer to Activist 95
11 A Bouquet from the Colonel 98
12 Ida 103
13 Reveille 110
14 Lucky Breaks I 116 Part III
15 American Dreamer 129
16 Are You Now or Have You Ever Been ... 139
17 Blacklist 145
18 Lucky Breaks II 154
19 A Casual Conversation 169
20 The Feeling Tone 181 Part IV
21 Truth to Power 193
22 Didn't Your Name Used to Be Dave Garroway? 210
23 Two Towns Called Girard 222
24 Evil of Banality 231
25 ... And Nobody Laughed 237
26 Old Gent of the Right 240
27 Einstein and the Rest of Us 243 Postscript 255 Index of Names 257
What People are Saying About This
"Emotionally charged (but never sentimental), politically charged (but never formulaic) and energy-charged.... Terkel is a self-aware and self-effacing presence who happily knows he has been at the center of many things." -Kirkus Starred Review