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Touch and Go - A Memoir

Sydney Lewis

At nearly ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that-embodying the spirit of the man himself-is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences-as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage-giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian-a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period, when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular television hosts. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends.

At nearly ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that-embodying the spirit of the man himself-is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences-as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage-giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian-a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period, when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular television hosts. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends.
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At nearly ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that-embodying the spirit of the man himself-is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences-as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage-giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian-a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period, when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular television hosts. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Studs Terkel, Norman Dietz

Length:

9h 56m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

42:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

37:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

42:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:28