Studs recalls Thanksgiving at the Wells-Grand, 1933 – YouTube

Studs recalls Thanksgiving at the Wells-Grand, 1933 – YouTube:

(Via @jbenton.)

“Once upon a time…once upon a time! This was a bookie shop. Once upon a time, I was young. And once upon a time, Thanksgiving was celebrated by a bunch of guys in the lobby of the Wells-Grand Hotel.”

I’ve watched this three times since I saw it on Twitter fifteen minutes ago. And now I think I’ll be playing it every Thanksgiving for the rest of my life.

I hung out with Studs Terkel (and Ebert) one evening in Chicago years ago. It was one of those experiences that made a young man want to live long enough to be an old man, if all old men were at least half as cool as Studs.