Studs Terkel – National Storyteller, Gone at 96
Those of us in the personal history business feel a strong calling to help other people tell their stories. I’m not really sure where it comes from but you ask anyone who is doing this type of work and it’s a common theme. We all believe in the power of a story and the need for people to be heard and understood by those around them and those that come after them.
Last week, a legendary storyteller and radio personality, Studs Terkel, passed away at the age of 96. When honored with a National Humanities Award in 1997, President Bill Clinton said no one had done more to expand the American library of voices than Studs Terkel.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and host of a radio show for 45 years, Terkel is often credited for mapping the American landscape of Everyman; those among us who lived and died unknown and unrecognized yet were the fabric of the 20th century in America.
NPR has a beautiful article online as well as a great audio remembrance. There are also several other significant audio clips from Terkel’s radio shows.
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.