Who knew the old guy was still kicking up so much dust?
On May 22, 2006, Terkel, along with other plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal district court against AT&T to stop them from giving customer phone records to the National Security Agency without a court order.
“Having been blacklisted from working in television during the McCarthy era, I know the harm of government using private corporations to intrude into the lives of innocent Americans,” Terkel said in a statement. “When government uses the telephone companies to create massive databases of all our phone calls it has gone too far.”
If you don’t know who I am talking about, you need to read some of his stuff.
There’s plenty to choose from:
• Giants of Jazz - 1957
• Division Street: America - 1967
• Hard Times (an oral history of the Great Depression) - 1970
• Working - 1974
• The Good War - 1984
• Chicago - 1986
• The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream - 1988
• Race: What Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession - 1992
• Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived It - 1995
• Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times - 1995
• My American Century - 1997
• The Spectator: Talk About Movies and Plays With Those Who Make Them - 1999
• Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith - 2001
• Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times - 2003
• And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey - 2005
see? Pick one. Pick several.