Studs Terkel: An American Hero
Louis "Studs" Terkel would hate being called heroic, but I figure he can't yell at me anymore for saying it. Studs passed from our lives yesterday at the age of 96. My sadness also includes the rather personal and selfish observation that I never met him or even communicated with him--but I did read, see and listen to him through books, radio and television, and even in the Internet.
See John Nichols of The Nation here for further appreciation of this iconic journalistic figure. And here is Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) writing a touching eulogy.
Rest in peace, Studs. You earned it.