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Meagan Newell
Hammond, Indiana
Joined: December 10, 2006
Shep fan since: 1983
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1852
Comments:
I am looking for the leg (fragile) lamp form the movie, if anyone can help me out on where too find it, it would be greatly appreciated. contact me at moogow1820@netscape.net
Kyle Krause
Hammond, Indiana
Joined: December 26, 2006
Shep fan since: 1990
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1885
John Galbraith
Hammond, Indiana
Joined: March 17, 2007
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 1952
Comments:
I grew up on the southeast side of Chicago just a stones throw from Hammond. Started reading Playboy at 16 in 1967 and got hooked on Jean's stories (among other things). The books followed and his columns in Car & Driver. I looked forward to and read everything of his I could find. Remember watching his PBS series "Jean Shepard's America" and recall the tinny little theme song it had. Saw "Phantom of the Open Hearth" on PBS as well. Lucked into seeing "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" on TV once years ago but it hasn't been on again for many years now. "A Christmas Story" is nearly unavoidable during the holiday's but I still enjoy it. Found a set of 3 tape cassettes Jean recorded in 1988, of readings of some of his Playboy stories. The set is called "Shepard's Pie" and was produced by Dorset Audio. What attracted me most of all of Jean's work were his childhood stories. These took place some 20 years before my time but it was amazing how my life experiences turned out so much like what he wrote. His prom story, "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories", and His vacations at "Ollie Hopnoodles" were practically the scripts of my similar experiences. My senior prom day was a disaster to a great extent, too, and our family vacations were two weeks each year spent in a drafty cabin in Wisconsin where we had to haul all our own stuff to in a seriously overloaded car. Had the leaky rowboat on a mosquito infested little lake as well. I've reread Jean's books and articles many times most of my life and they have always given me a lift. I wish he could have written more. This past Christmas, the Hammond Times published several articles one Sunday about A Christmas Story and Jean. There were also sidebar stories about the house used in the film and the famous leg lamp. Some of the things written about Jean weren't particularly complimentary, especially about his relationship with his children, but everyone has skeletons in their closets. I meant to save that paper but I'm afraid it got thrown out accidentally. No matter, I still have everything else to remember him by.
Jim Knapp
Hammond, Indiana
Joined: March 17, 2008
Shep fan since: 1985
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 2749
Comments:
I still try to associate Hammond locations with story references. Although urban renewal has changed the 'old Hammond' business district to a large degree and most 40's era retail buidings are gone.
Dan McKern
Hammond (Hessville), Indiana
Joined: March 13, 2003
Shep fan since: 0
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 911
Comments:
I'm looking forward to the Jean Shepherd Community Center opening this Saturday. I'm sure Shep will be there in spirit.
Marenis J. Kansfield Jr.
HESSVILLE (the real town), Indiana
Joined: December 29, 2000
Shep fan since: 1957
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 372
Greg Kaniuk
Highland, Indiana
Joined: August 21, 2001
Shep fan since: 1987
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 680
TERRY RUHS
HIGHLAND, Indiana
Joined: April 08, 2003
Shep fan since: 1975
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 942
Comments:
FANTASTIC SITE. AND I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT ABOUT SHEPHERD!
Brian Pearson
Highland, 5 miles south of Jean's hometown!, Indiana
Joined: March 27, 2000
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 74
mgbada joe joe
indiana, Indiana
Joined: January 19, 2006
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1610
Comments:
this site is very good keep it up
Eric Eric
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: October 04, 2000
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 245
Bob Clark
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: September 30, 2001
Shep fan since: 1980
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 700
Frank Sinclair
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: May 16, 2003
Shep fan since: 1954
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 973
Comments:
In London, Ontario, Canada, I listened on KYW Philadelphia. I miss him.
Kevin Christel
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: August 06, 2003
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1036
Comments:
Shep was my favorite entertainer during my teen years. His humor through stories of his youth and his Army exploits were absolutely riveting. His description of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, NY "New York is a Summer fist fight" is typical of his humerous observations. I'll never forget him.
Ryan Lee
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: December 16, 2003
Shep fan since: 1983
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1140
Comments:
Of course I saw "A Christmas Story" & fell in love with that voice. At The time I was not aware of all he had done & only after he passed did I find out about the radio shows & school tours. But as this site says over & over again, it's as if he were talking to me & me alone.
Bob Clark
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: May 24, 2004
Shep fan since: 1965
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 1254
Comments:
All *REAL* Americans(and likely others) love Jean Shepherd!!!!! Thank you for this wonderful website..Wish PBS would re-release their series...Boston PBS never even answered my requests..
Nat Pendleton
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: December 16, 2004
Shep fan since: 1981
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1384
Comments:
I first read "Wanda Hickey's Night...." when a friend lent it to me in college. I heard this friend laughing so much (tears were produced) as he read this book and realized I might just be missing something. The names Delbert Bumpus, Grover Dill, Scut Farkus and Flick soon became part of my vocabulary. Then, one fall in 1983 when I was stationed at Monterey, CA as a soldier, I went to the movies. It was a Saturday and Monterey is a small city, without much to do after you've lived there for half a year and still had no car. A movie was in order. I picked a completely unknown movie based soley on the poster. I thought after I entered theater that I made a major mistake: I was the only one in the theater. I thought I must have picked the bomb film of the decade. Oh well, the $3.50 had already been spent, so I should at least try the first 30 minutes. Then, after trailers for films that I wished I was going to see, it started. Quaint snow fell on the house and the narrator (whom I never had heard before) had a cheery and humorous voice. I can't remember when it hit me, but somewhere in the film I realized I was actually watching parts of my friend's hilarious book. The Bumpus hounds assured me that it was indeed "the book." After the film I went back to the Presidio (and my barracks) and attempted to relate to my Army buddies what I had just seen. Alas, I had to stop talking about it or eventually I could have been discharged on the grounds of insanity. It would be a few years later, when TV finally ran "A Chrismas Story," that my strange accounts of Bumpus Hounds and a wild top called the Murderous Marriah would finally be understood. As a footnote, there was a Sergeant Bumpus from Kentucky whom I met in my unit in Germany. He did not enjoy the film. I finally found two of the books (In God.... and Wanda..) at the Indiana State Museum's bookstore. Another Hoosier Hero right up there with James Dean and Dave Letterman! Hooray for Jean Shepherd!
Frank Powell
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: December 25, 2004
Shep fan since: 1983
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1402
Comments:
A Christmas Story has been a tradition in our house for years, thanks to the annual 24 hour TBS showing. As native Georgians, we recently relocated to Indiana and now feel a special connection to the story.
John Burroughs
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: November 05, 2006
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1818
Comments:
Even though I lived in New Jersey in the early 1960's, I never listened to his radio programs. It wasn't until we moved to Indiana that my Dad gave me a copy of "In God We Trust". All through high school, my friend Ron and I would rush to the store when the new Playboy would be due in, and the first thing we would do was check the back page where the next months contents were listed and see if Shep would have a storey coming up. Now that is dedication in a fan. When I finally had to get rid of all those old magazines, I very carefully sorted out all the ones with the Jean Shepherd stories and carefully stored them away.
Dorella Phipps
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: November 27, 2006
Shep fan since: 1990
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1838
Comments:
My family has enjoyed watching A Christmas Story for many years. My husband and I can in many ways relate to this movie. We have passed the movie onto our girls who love the movie as much as we do. It has become our family tradition to watch the movie throughout the Christmas holiday with our girls camping out on the family room floor near the Christmas tree while enjoying the movie. We recently went to the Grand Opening of A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio over the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed going back in time. We also enjoyed watching the movie at the hotel in celebration of the Grand Opening of the house. Thanks to Jean Shepherd for passing on his stories.
Robert Morse
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: April 18, 2008
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2756
Comments:
Before I went to school and eventually settled in Indianapolis, I was a teenager from NJ listening to Shepherd every night on WOR-AM radio. As George Ade wrote, "There are at least two kinds of education." A central part of my "other" education was listening to Shep's accounts of the real world and his discovery of it in the company of Schwartz, Flick, and Bruner. Often, he and his cohorts came away with the short stick, but some unpleasant truth was usually learned along the way. I saw him at Fairleigh Dickinson ("Fairly ridiculous") in 1968, and in Indy in 1985 and 1988. I still had the ticket stub from the '68 performance. In '88, he signed it for me.
Tommy Myers
Indianapolis, Indiana
Joined: November 30, 2008
Shep fan since: 1984
Discovered Shep:
Saw his TV show
Guest No: 2797
Comments:
Have been talking about the old PBS Series today due to our annual viewing of one of the greatest movies of all time "A Christmas Story". Would like to locate DVD's or VHS's of the PBS shows if they exist for viewing again (and for the first time!) Mr. Shepherd was one of the truly great American story tellers, and will live on for generations to come. ( I do hope there's 'lotsa recorded material out there!) Season's Greetings, everyone, and thanks for this site!-Tommy
Chester Bailor
Indianapolis, (Speedway), Indiana
Joined: November 05, 2008
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
Saw his TV show
Guest No: 2789
Comments:
Damn Bill Bucko, What a freaking memory! I didn't know you had a girlfriend. Was her name Wanda Hickey? You rascal! I also didn't know you were aware of every dive on Kennedy Ave. This is a huge revelation. Chet Bailor former "Hohman" resident and classmate of William Bucko at OP Morton HS. PS Not that many people actually drag raced on Cleveland Ave. Mr. Shepherd took some literary liberties as I'm sure have been revealed by the careful research of Billy B and others. You can ask Sue Wachel, Bernie Madiera, Marty Popagain, Ray Drake and others. By the way, Bill has written a couple of books himself.
Brandon "Elvis" Howard
Jonesboro, Indiana
Joined: July 31, 2008
Shep fan since: 2001
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 2769
Comments:
I would like to travel to Hammond this weekend to see the sites and visit Flick's Tavern. If there's any way posssible, I'd like to interview those who knew Shep for a report that I'm doing for Indiana Business College.
Jeffrey Stricker
Kokomo, Indiana
Joined: May 11, 2007
Shep fan since: 1977
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2040
Comments:
Jean, first time I heard your voice was on the introduction to the ARRL morse code instruction tape. I wondered who Jean Shepheard, K2ORS, was. Now I know. Now, I'm listening to you every evening...bless your memory and 73's