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Fritz Peacock
Lafayette, Indiana
Joined: March 06, 2008
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2745
Comments:
Crazy as it may seem it was Sheps tails of Hammond and stories of the steel mills that helped me decide to leave Trenton State Teachers College in New Jersey, and move to Indiana to attend Purdue. There is nothing like radio, Shep, Long John Nebel for kids today. If he were alive I can imagine the stories he would tell about cell phones, text messaging, and upperclass white kids who arerap wanna-bees. Oh ya, I'm still here at Purdue almost 45 years later.Thanks Shep!
john sturdivant
logansport, Indiana
Joined: December 12, 2005
Shep fan since: 1976
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 1554
Comments:
I lived in Porter IN> Worked at U S Steel then. I would visit at Flicks Bar in Hammond In. Got to known the owner: Jim Flickinger, who was an actual friend growing up just down the street with Shep. Met Sheps brother there once. Was a fan of Sheps writing in Playboy while I was in the Army in the 70's. Since then I enjoyed all of his works. Met Shep in Sanibel Island shortly before he passed on. He was nice to me even though he did not feel good. Can be contacted thru shep Discussion group John
Steve Czerwinski jr.
Lowell, Indiana
Joined: July 24, 2004
Shep fan since: 1980
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1279
Comments:
I was born and raised in Hammond and could see the influence in the Christmas story movie. I remember shopping at Goldblatt,s. We lived on Sherman st. at that time. It brought back many good memories! I plan on looking into his other movies to see if there are other refferences to that time and area.
Royce Mitchell
Marion, Indiana
Joined: December 25, 2006
Shep fan since: 1989
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1881
Comments:
Just thankful we have Shep with us every Christmas season....Past, Present, and Future.
Terry Volk
Merrillville, Indiana
Joined: August 15, 2004
Shep fan since: 1989
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1289
Comments:
Being from the area he lived in, and still living in Indiana, I was proud. His stories remind me of being a kid in that wonderful, carefree time. Growing up in Indiana was special. I only wish I had discovered Mr. Shepard sooner, I enjoy his sense of humor, and his unique story telling ability.
Bill Bucko
Mt Clemens, Indiana
Joined: August 22, 2005
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 1524
Comments:
Dear Mr Clavin, You are mistaken about the 2 photos purporting to show the former site of Flick's Tap. As I explained in my Guestbook comments, back in February of 2003, when I discovered your wonderful web site, I grew up in Hammond, Indiana. I passed Shep's house every day as I walked to Warren G Harding Elementary School, down Cleveland Street. I attended Harding from 1954-1963; first in the brick structure shown in your photos, the last 2 years in the ancient wooden "portable" building, which must have been the one Shep attended. (I've never found a photo of the portable, which almost certainly was torn down long ago.) Although I now live several hundred miles away, I've been constructing a map of Kennedy Avenue, for sentimental reasons. (I used to walk the most wonderful girl in the world down Kennedy!) I've supplemented my memory with details from the web, or gleaned from the ads in my 1966 Morton High School yearbook. As I said in my earlier comments, during the 1950s and through 1966 (when I went off to college), my family bought groceries at "Pop's," directly across the street from Flick's Tap. As my yearbook reminded me, the actual name of the store was Dick's Grocery, and its address was 6445 Kennedy Avenue. The 2 photos you show, purporting to be Flick's former site, are ACTUALLY photos of the building Dick's Grocery was in. The grocery was in the middle. To its left was a small, dark, empty storefront that I never saw occupied. To the right, on the corner, was a tavern (NOT Flick's). For better photos of this building, which is currently for sale, see: http://huea.net/FrontEnd/BuildingDetails.php?bldID=16 In the photos you are looking at the northeast corner of Kennedy and 165th. Kennedy Avenue is to the left; 165th is to the right. FORMER LOCATION OF FLICK'S TAP: My recent search of Hammond's yellow pages on the web has shown that there's currently a Freddy's Steak House at 6442 Kennedy. This is the ACTUAL site where Flick's used to be. To its left, on the corner of Kennedy and 165th, was a used car lot. To the right was a vacant lot. Flick's was on the WEST side of Kennedy Avenue. The grocery and the photos you show are on the EAST. CURRENT LOCATION OF FLICK'S TAP: When I first saw your photos, I was a little puzzled. Kennedy Avenue looked different; and Flick's was definitely in the middle of the block, not on the corner. But, I thought, it must have expanded, and been remodeled. (As I recall, the original Flick's was of gray brick or stone, and the only window was a long row of glass blocks, high off the ground, to keep curious kids like me from peering in.) I then saw you give the address as 6205 Kennedy. At first I thought you got the address wrong; but I soon realized that Flick moved! The building you show is about 5 blocks north--the former Mabel's Diner, the bus stop to which I walked my girlfriend, in the 60s! It's on the northeast corner of Kennedy Avenue and Janet Place; I was able to clinch the identification by the street sign included in one of the shots. About a block to the west, on 161st, was and still is the headquarters of the Indiana Harbor Belt RR, their old roundhouse and the east end of their teaming, miles-long Gibson yard. The friendly sound of switching freight cars serenaded me all night long, throughout my childhood. Since Shep lived about 6 blocks farther away than I did, he probably couldn't hear them; though I'm sure he heard horns blasting countless times every day. Hammond boasts the highest concentration of railroad trackage of any city in the world (due to the many routes funneling into Chicago, immediately to the northwest). Well, I wanted to set the record straight. This is MY old neighborhood you're talking about! I do hope you'll make the appropriate correction. Please e-mail me if you have questions, or ever want further details, maps, etc. And thanks again for your wonderful web site! Best wishes, Bill Bucko Warren G Harding Class of 1963
Linda Burch
Muncie, Indiana
Joined: February 18, 2008
Shep fan since: 1986
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 2735
Comments:
Jean Shepherd, "A BLESSING TO ALL WHO EXPERENCED HIS HUMOR AND WIT" GONE FOR NOW, BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
Tom Domasica
Munster, Indiana
Joined: November 24, 2006
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1833
Comments:
I enjoyed your web site. It's a wealth of information about Jean Shepherd.
Margaret Sabo
Munster, Indiana
Joined: December 25, 2008
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 2812
Comments:
I grew up in Hammond. Went to Hammond High. Shopped at Goldblatt's. Saw the Christmas Story at the Town Theater in Highland the year it was released. I knew this would be a magical forever classic story. Jim is right about Mr Shepherd - he told stories that were so personal that you felt included. What a guy.
Dave Orem
Richmond, Indiana
Joined: October 06, 2000
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 249
Tom Moredich
Rolling Prairie, Indiana
Joined: February 25, 2000
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 18
Nick Mantis
Schererville, Indiana
Joined: November 21, 2008
Shep fan since: 2000
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 2792
Comments:
Jean Shepherd was raised were I was raised Hammond, Indiana and to this day I still see many of the same things Shep talked about, like the Bumpesus and sticking a tounge on a frozen pole....and i can go on and on.....I too have always observed these same human traits and i truly believe that Shep lives on in all of us curious enough to discover who we really are and why we are the people we pretend to be!
Walter Weddle
Shelbyville, Indiana
Joined: November 15, 2001
Shep fan since: 1990
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 731
william albright
south bend, Indiana
Joined: March 03, 2008
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 2744
Larry Wheeler
Spencerville, Indiana
Joined: August 06, 2003
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1034
Comments:
Jean and I talked with each other via amateur radio. He once asked me if I knew where the action is in Indiana. Playing the straight man, I said, "no Jean, where is the action?" He said "Larry, it's all on the Turnpike. He was right and funny at the same time!
Holly Archet
Warsaw, Indiana
Joined: May 28, 2007
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2084
Comments:
I read In God We Trust years ago.My Mother Grew up with Jean Sheaperd.He drew the BB gun on her dress.He refered to her as Helen Weathers. Her name was actually Ellen Weathers I wonder if the Farcas that visited this site is related to the Farcas from the move or to lefty Farcas?
Neal Kotarski
Whiting, Indiana
Joined: August 10, 2004
Shep fan since: 1985
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1285
Tom Olsinski
Zionsville, Indiana
Joined: April 21, 2005
Shep fan since: 1958
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1464
Comments:
shep was a genius and a great entertainer in multi media...he is a part of my memories through the radio then his books then pbs and last the movies. i wish he had been happier in his personal life as i read more......