and disk jockey
(1912-2008). Born in New York City
but a lifelong Chicagoan
. Most famous for his oral history
work, including Hard Times
, and The Good War
for which he won the Pulitzer Prize
for General Non-fiction in 1985.
Studs is legendary for understanding and conveying the hopes, fears and texture of ordinary folks' lives. He supports many social justice causes, and still takes the bus to work despite fame and fortune. He refers to his trade as "the lively art of conversation" and describes his career thus: "I'm celebrated for having celebrated the uncelebrated."
Appeared in the 1998 Michael Moore film, The Big One.
A man of the people, a true mensch and an acknowledged master of story-telling.