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A sort of masterpiece about a life which itself is a sort of masterpiece.... A most remarkable book.Oliver Sacks, bestselling author of Awakenings. At age ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyones life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers us a memoir thatcapturing the spirit of the man himselfis youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel takes us back to his early childhood in 1920s Chicago, recalls his early experiences as a law student during the Depression and as an actor on radio and on stage, and tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey and as an interviewer and oral historian. Finally, he discusses his role in the 1948 presidential election and his involvement with progressive politics, leading to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the countrys most popular TV performers. Through it all, Terkel reflects upon the hundreds of people and events that have influenced him over the years and his lifelong concern for the lives of the uncelebratedfor lending voice to the face in the crowd. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences; others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of Americas greatest living legends.
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Bitter and sweet, sexy and morally uplifting, intimate and historically significant.About the Author:
Born in 1912, Studs Terkel grew up in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1932 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1934. He was an actor in radio soap operas, a disk jockey, a radio commentator, and a television emcee, and he traveled all over the world doing on-the-spot interviews. He also hosted a daily radio program on WFMT in Chicago that was syndicated throughout the country. He is the author of American Dreams: Lost and Found; Working; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Division Street: America Giants of Jazz; and Talking to Myself. He died on October 31, 2008. Sydney Lewis is the author of three oral histories and transcribes for and otherwise assists oral history maestro Studs Terkel. She has edited award-winning radio essays for WBEZ radio in Chicago and written for Chicago Tribune Magazine. In the 1980s, she was an administrative assistant in WFMT radio's program department. She currently works at Atlantic Public Media as a producer of Sonic Ids for Atlantic Public Media and NPR stations WCAI and WNAN, and she is the editor of the Transom Review at Transom.org. Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. Since 1962, he has toured coast to coast, presenting his work before audiences all over the United States and Canada. He is the author of the comic novel Nailing It, as well as Fables & Vaudevilles & Plays and The Lifeguard and the Mermaid, collections of his work for the stage. Norman has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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