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10/31/08

Good-bye Studs Terkel: Dead at 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, activist Studs Terkel dies at 96

Little can be said about one of the most American of American writers. His books are among my favorites, and his voice is one I often emulate in my own writing.

The library and its readers are a better place for Studs having written.

I met him once, and we spoke for around 15 minutes before the Studs Terkel Awards, an award given in Chicago. He forgot my name quickly, but he was 90 at the time. However, when he hit the stage to talk, he was fluid, sharp and engaging.

I have few autographs I treasure. His is among them.

I'm sad.

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