FBI Tracked Studs Terkel For 45 Years
November 19, 2009 at 4:21 AM (PT)
CHICAGO radio, TV and writing legend STUDS TERKEL, who died last year at 96, was tracked by the FBI throughout his life, according to records obtained by NYCITY NEWS SERVICE and reported by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
TERKEL applied for a job with the FBI's fingerprints division in the 1930s, and the FBI started a file on him that lasted until 1990. TERKEL was suspected of being a Communist by the agency, starting with his appearance at a PAUL ROBESON ralley in CHICAGO in 1945.
TERKEL, the author of several best-selling books including "WORKING," "THE GOOD WAR" (a PULITZER PRIZE winner in 1985), "DIVISION STREET: AMERICA" and "HARD TIMES," worked at Classical WFMT from 1952 to 1997. He also was a TV pioneer with his largely-improvised 1949-51 sitcom "STUDS' PLACE."