Stud Terkel, one of the greatest living Americans, turned 95 yesterday. He practically embodies everything that is and was America. He's also the living embodiment of Chicago. Read Roger Ebert's article about his birthday here. If you haven't read any of his books, here are a few good ones to start out with:
The Good War - His oral history of WWII is completely different from anything you were ever taught in school. It's one of those books that opened up my view of history to it being a living thing, with many, many points of view.
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? - A great selection of interviews dealing with the subject of death and life itself.
My American Century - A selection of interviews from many of his greatest oral histories, this is a great place to start.
Hmmmm....looks like I'm going to the bookstore.