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Terkel, Studs

Born: 1912 AD
Currently alive, at 103 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors

1912 – He was born on May 16 this year in New York City.


1926 – His parents ran a rooming house that was a collecting point for people of all types.


1939 – He married Ida Goldberg and had one son, Paul, named after Paul Robeson.


1934 – He attended the University of Chicago, and received a J.D. degree in this year.


1952 – He is well known for his radio program titled “The Studs Terkel Program” that aired on 98.7 WFMT Chicago between this year and 1997.


1956 – He published his first book Giants of Jazz.


1970 – He is perhaps best known for his oral histories like the book he wrote this year with a title “Hard Times.”


1985 – He won this year Pulitzer Award for The Good War, which challenged the prevailing notion that World War II was a time of unblemished national solidarity, goodwill, and unified purpose in contrast to the Vietnam War era.


1997 – He was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.


1999 – He received the George Polk Career Award.


2005 – He underwent successful open-heart surgery. At 93 years old, he was one of the oldest people to undergo this form of surgery.


2006 – He along with other plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal district court against AT&T to stop them from giving customer phone records to the National Security Agency without a court order