A true Chicago treasure has passed away at 96. Louis “Studs” Terkel, the literary giant and Pulitzer Prize winner who had a radio show on WFMT for an amazing 45-year run, died Friday afternoon.
Terkel was a well-known author, activist, and Chicago icon. His latest book, P.S. : Further Thoughts From A Lifetime of Listening, was due out this month. His first, Giants of Jazz, came out in 1957. In all, he wrote eighteen books.
Terkel also contributed to Chicago’s television history: In 1950, he hosted a unique talk show called Studs Place, which was basically set in a tavern. It was there people discovered his interview style, where he basically engaged in conversations with his guests.