I am happy to report that recently Studs celebrated his 95th birthday, and is as wonderful as ever! I have put the video made by Studs online at our FDR Center Museum website for the first time so that you may view yourself this very special welcome and introduction by a great soul — in case you missed it in July, 2004 when we opened our doors with great expectations. The web link is below. As we prepare for our move west to Chicopee, it is a time for reflection. What better person to remind us of that than Studs Terkel, the greatest oral historian of all time.
When FDR died on April 12, 1945 Studs Terkel was a young man of 33 years. This is what Studs said upon learning of the death of the President on that fateful day: “I’m walking south on Michigan Boulevard and I can’t stop crying. Everybody is crying.” We were graced to have this gracious welcome by such a special person on July 24, 2004. Our grand reopening in Chicopee on March 4, 2008, the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of FDR as President of the United States, will also be a special and memorable occasion, so stay tuned for all the details! Until then, on behalf of the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum, actively planning its move to the Pioneer Valley and Chicopee, I am most pleased to present Studs Terkel, a special introduction and welcome to those attending our grand museum opening on July 24, 2004 at Union Station in Worcester, Massachusetts.
To play this special FDR Center Museum welcome by Studs Terkel go to: http://www.fdrheritage.org/video/terkel.htm
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Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum