[Nelson Algren Fountain dedication]

Nelson Algren Fountain dedication. In the video, Terkel gives a speech on Algren and his life in Chicago. "Nelson was married to Chicago, a real honest-to-God marriage. Sometimes they fought, husband and wife, sometimes they loved each other very much, but always they knew they were together. When someone says 'My wife is the most beautiful woman in the world, no one ever like her, she is a saint,' he's a liar!" "He said, 'Living in Chicago is like being married to a woman with a broken nose'--there may be a lovely of lovelies, but never a loving so real.'" Terkel then goes on to say that the crowd before him has "Chicago faces, wrinkles, and lived in faces, not like the beautiful people in society." Terkel then reads a selection from one of Algren's books and steps down. Mayor Richard M. Daley talks about Chicago, how diverse the city is, and how important Algren's work was to the city.

 

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