One of the Army stories told by Shep involved the laying of telephone wire from the back of a plane. Here's a story about that very type of exercise which appeared in Popular Mechanics in 1945.
Thanks to John Edwards.
After over 20 years, WBAI, through a massive reshuffling of its program schedues, has decided to cut the Mass Backwards program. Highlighting, old time radio drama, Jean Shepherd reruns, and very LOUD music, Max has entertained us over the years with his unique style of humor and occasional outbursts when failed studio equipment would take its toll on his patience.
His 7:00 Sunday evening show, "The Golden Age of Radio" will continue and perhaps some of the Jean Shepherd material will find its way onto the schedule every so often. But alas, the 'scratchy record review' is banished to Max's locker until another day.
I'm sure Shep fans are forever grateful for the years he has kept Shep in our ears, and between "The Golden Age of Radio" and his Saturday morning internet broadcast of the same name on Yesterdayusa.com at 11:00 am, he will continue to do so.
On Sept 13, Gov Paterson of NY was guest on the Imus radio show and they briefly discussed Shep as being a genius. Unfortunately the Governor credited Shep with "Toy Story" rather than "A Christmas Story"
Here's a photo from July 24, 1981, taken in Cleveland Ohio at the AFTRA convention by Bill Myers. Note the PBS logo on his shirt. Shep was between the 2 "Jean Shepherd's America" series and had done all the movies for them.