“If you knew Studs and you were with Studs in Chicago, you suddenly became a guy with a hundred friends.”
As the APHC crew touches in Chicago for this weekend’s broadcast, here’s a recent WBEZ interview with Garrison about his first visit to the city when he was 14 years old, how the show has become less “serious” over time, and Windy City legend Studs Terkel.
It’s a pleasure to be doing our show in Chicago today, where we have come to visit some old Wobegonians who’ve moved down here—check up on them, see how they are doing. People who used to call us and write us and say, “If you are ever in Chicago, be sure and stop in”—of course never expecting we would. So when we called here the other day and said, “Hi, are you home?” they said, “Yeah, why don’t you come on over.” So we did. We were down in the lobby of their apartment building anyway, so why not go up. We got up there and we were about to rap on their door when we heard vacuum cleaners going at top speed, smelled furniture polish, heard someone yelling to pick up the socks, and we tiptoed away came back an hour later.
It’s kind of odd when you know them when you were kids, because when you are kids you just walk right into somebody’s life without thinking about it. I think back to home and all the houses in Lake Wobegon you just barge into without even knocking. And even when you did knock nobody is running around with a vacuum cleaner straightening up. Some people had socks on their couches, some people didn’t—just how people are. Some people, if you look at their couch, you would see no sock would dare to go up in there.
Garrison introduces our first visit to the Chicago area, at the Studebaker Theater on October 9, 1982. Guests included mandolin player Jethro Burns, pianist Little Brother Montgomery, author and broadcaster Studs Terkel, country band Stoney Lonesome, and our good friend Peter Ostroushko.