This article is about a fictional subject in the Wild Cards universe that has a non-fiction inspiration. For an article on Wikipedia about the real world subject, see Wikipedia:Studs Terkel.
Studs Terkel
Biographical Information
Real NameLouis Terkel
AliasesStuds Terkel
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
OccupationWriter and journalist
Base of OperationsChicago

Studs Terkel (1912-2009) was an American writer, journalist, and historian, referenced as the author of a document in the fictional Wild Cards universe. He was most famous for his efforts to preserve American oral history.


In 1979 Terkel published Wild Times: An Oral History of the Postwar Years, a book containing interviews with several people that lived through the hectic times when the wild card virus was released on Earth.

Trivia Edit

  • In real life, Terkel published Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression.
  • Terkel is the pseudo-author of the prologue in the first Wild Cards novel. Actually, it was written by George R.R. Martin mimicking Terkel's style.

Selected Reading Edit

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