"I know I'd like to have this epitaph: 'Curiosity did not kill this cat.' I'm curious. What is it like to be that person, in that circumstance at that time? It's the Depression, what's it like to be a kid the day he saw his father come home at one o'clock and not work for the next five years? What's it like to be black? What's it like to be old? What's it like doing this kind of job? How different would you be? How would you behave?"
About This Interview
In his one-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Studs Terkel (1912 - 2008) relates the history of the Chicago School of television (including his relationships with Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison and Dave Garroway). He speaks in detail about his own program, Stud's Place and his efforts to keep the show on the air after he was blacklisted. After the program went off the air, Terkel became one of America's premier oral historians and radio interviewers. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Chicago, IL on July 19, 1999.