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CHICAGO, Sep 21, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Fans of Chicago author Studs Terkel will be able to listen to 5,000 hours of taped interviews with luminaries of the 20th century recorded over 45 years.

"The Studs Terkel Center for Oral History," is being created at the Chicago Historical Society while the 93-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner is alive, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Terkel told the newspaper his taped interviews and other oral accounts are valuable because of their authenticity.

During his long radio career on WFMT-FM, Terkel interviewed artists, entertainers, poets, playwrights and many of the leading history-makers and thinkers of their times -- as well as subjects he describes as "not ordinary but regular people."

Terkel's oral histories have chronicled everything from the Great Depression, WWII and Vietnam to people's feelings on work, race and death.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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