'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future Hots Michels was interviewed by Studs Terkel while entertaining guests at the Hotel Sherman, where he worked for decades. This is part of our series Working Then and Now from Radio Diaries.
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'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future

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'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future

'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future

'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future

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Author Studs Terkel interviewed piano player Hots Michels while entertaining guests at the Hotel Sherman, where he worked for decades.

This interview and others that Terkel recorded for his 1974 book, Working, were boxed away in his house until recently, when Radio Diaries and Project& combed through them and produced a series of audio stories, Working Then And Now.

Thanks to the WFMT Studs Terkel Archive and the Chicago History Museum. More stories from the series are also available on The Radio Diaries Podcast.