Studs Terkel would be 100 this May. "Ninteen twelve. The Titanic went down, and I came up."
Screw it. Studs Terkel is 100 this May, and here in Chicago we're having a month-long birthday bash for our beloved spokesman. A wacky bridge rededication ceremony one day, a fancy party another, a folk concert and a film festival. I'm on the Studs Terkel Centenary Committee and the only thing I know for sure about this month is that it's going to be so nuts that the NATO Summit will go unnoticed. (The already canceled the G8 meeting here, for fear of their being overshadowed.
Meanwhile, enjoy Terkel's 1975 interview with the novelist Nelson Algren. Don't shut it off until after Algren explains why he's moving from Chicago to New Jersey because he loves San Francisco, and New Jersey is "on the way."