Studs Terkel At 95,
Still Speaking Out
I've written before that Cleveland unfortunately lacks a real counterpart to the late newspaper columnist Mike Royko. But it's just as regrettable that we have no answer to Studs Terkel, the voice of working-class populism (we might have a reasonable facsimile, however, if Roldo Bartimole would just stop resisting writing a book).
Studs just turned 95, god bless him, and he's still speaking out about our national amnesia, still complaining that the word "liberal" has become like the word "Communist" in the Cold War. He still proudly proclaims his complete ignorance of the Internet (though in a pleasing irony, he has one of the best writerly websites to be found anywhere, something I wrote about here a couple years ago). And what is it he would like on his tombstone, he was asked. "Curiosity could not kill this cat."