FBI Tracked Legendary Chicago Author Studs Terkel for Decades

Studs Terkel/facebook photo
Studs Terkel/facebook photo
By Allan Lengel

It’s no surprise that legendary author and Windy City legend Studs Terkel was on the radar of the FBI for decades.  After all, he was a civil rights advocate and suspected of being a communist.

The New York City News Service reported that it had obtained 147 pages of FBI documents showing that the bureau tracked Terkel from 1945 to 1990. He died last year at age 96.

The News Service reported that Terkel applied for an FBI job handling fingerprints in the 1930s. By 1945, the agency suspected him of being a communist.

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