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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Studs Terkel: Curiosity Did Not Kill This Cat

"Curiosity did not kill this cat" -- Studs created his own epitaph

On All Souls Day ... Dia de los Muertos ... we mourn the loss of Studs Terkel -- interviewer extraordinaire.

Quotes from Studs Terkel ...

But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.


I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.


I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.


People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not have national health insurance. We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health of all the industrial nations.


That's why I wrote this book: to show how these people can imbue us with hope. I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action, his health improves. Something happens to him or to her biologically. It's like a tonic.


Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.


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At 12:54 PM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

Studs Terkel is a name that should not pass without notice. Whenever I have heard him interviewed I have been amazed at the breadth of his experience, knowledge, and humanity. He was a great one and we are richer for people like him. Great quotes from him TPC!

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Chuck Butcher said...

Studs' greatest talent was to let people tell their story, to use that skill to bring it out, not shape it. An astonishing talent has passed and while we're richer for his past work, we are poorer for its end.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

Hear hear Chuck! And I didn't notice, but Ms. Manitoba posted this and gathered the quotes. Thanks for posting this Ms. Manitoba!

At 6:19 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Yes, cherie, thank you for posting this and leaving me to wamble witlessly in (relative) peace.


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