As the sun set over the Mississippi we pulled into St. Louis, MO.
Studs sat down in the booth and shared some wonderful stories with us. Among so much else, he explained how technical blunders can sometimes be an asset, bemoaned the waning presence of the human voice in our culture, and told of a bus-stop confrontation during which he convinced a self-proclaimed anti-unionist that Labor Day should be celebrated.
At 93, Studs still has a mind like a trap, an encyclopedic knowledge of history and, seemingly, the ability to recall every person he’s ever interviewed. As he says, "Curiosity didn’t kill this cat!"
Thank you deeply for your hospitality, advice and constant inspiration, Studs!
What was once the Maxwell Street Market is now held along Chicago’s Canal Street. Vendors selling anything and everything line the street for blocks. We hit the street this Sunday in search of some epoxy and a high-quality power sprayer. Though these items proved elusive, we enjoyed taking in the scene, as well as several tacos.
Maxwell Street was once home to Chicago’s busiest open-air market: a place where one could shop at hundreds of street stalls while listening to live electric blues. These days, it’s the sight of a major redevelopment project being carried out by the University of Illinois.
Field Museum staffer, Maxwell Street preservationist, and StoryCorps participant Lori explains to Facilitator Nick Yulman that the facades of these old buildings have been disassembled, rearranged, and grafted onto a new structure which houses a parking garage.
Many interesting things pass by the booth here in Chicago. Today, there was a high school marching band in full regalia…
…and a fleet of tourists on Segways.
Who says Chicago is a walking city?