Listen to Studs. The First Hundred Years

Update Summer 2022
In the lead-up to the Fourth of July, Jamie posted quotes and pictures of independent women:
singers and writers who faced adversity and whose tenacity and talent kept the going, in the worst of times Among them Mahalia Jackson whose signature song Eye on the Sparrow Jamie sings in her Tough Broads and Tender Lasses concert. 

In this blog, Jamie tells the story of sharing a wintry ride with Studs Terkel, a promise she made.

Studs would have been 100 this May 16 2012.

Here are  my comments on his centenary site, on the right of the page.

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Let’s say he IS 100 this May. Because Studs is a forever-kind-of thing.

Postscript to 2008
I sang at his 90th birthday, and his 93rd. Then we lost him in the fall of 2008, and I sang at his Memorial. Before Obama was President.  Before the Arab Spring. Before the Iraq war ended. Before the housing crisis would beat down the spirit of the working people.

Before 99% vs 1% was a rallying cry for a new people’s movement!

Peter, my nephew whom I mention in the re-posted blog below, stayed a few years at the US Patent Office, went on to get his Masters in Green Technology, and is now working as a systems engineer for eSolar,
One of the good ones
, Studs would say. The hope is in our young people.

Studs told me that the US would go to war, and it would be devastating. He was right.



The Studs Terkel Centenary

The Studs Terkel Centenary Committee was formed in the interest of promoting and celebrating the life and work of noted Chicagoan Studs Terkel (1912-2012), and will host a number of events throughout the year.

Studs Terkel 100th Birthday Party
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street Chicago
Wednesday, May 16 5:30 – 8pm


100 Years of Studs Terkel
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Wednesday, May 16 6:30pm
Cost: $15/$10 Members

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  1. Whether “the housing crisis would beat down the spirit of the working people” remains to be seen.
    “Don’t mourn, organize!” a singer like your self once said. See you on May Day.

  2. I felt as if I were at this interview. It was so touching and tender. Jamie, you are also a great writer! He was your father figure.

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