Studs Terkel – 1912–2008
Terkel was born in New York City but grew up in Chicago. He was active during the Depression in the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and became a radio script writer and later a television personality on early Chicago television. It is, however, for his popular oral histories that he is best known remarkable books compiled from interviews of mostly ordinary people. His bestknown oral histories include Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970) and The Good War (1985), an oral history of World War II, which won a Pulitzer Prize.