Dan Terkell has a unique perspective on the man I’ve spent the last six months thinking about, and walking in the footsteps of (sometimes, literally)—his dad, Studs Terkel. Studs’ death two years ago this week marked the end of a long and fascinating career: raised in a boarding house, trained as a lawyer, member of the Works Progress Administration, rallied for civil rights, host of WFMT’s The Studs Terkel Program and the television show Studs’ Place, blacklisted under McCarthy, brought a suit against the National Security Agency, and authored book after book after book. Certainly, his status as a legend continues to thrive. But such a fascinating career does not make for an easy home life.
Did your dad’s stand against McCarthyism ever affect you?