Jean Shepherd's Innovation Reflected His Crazy, Conflicted Genius
"A Christmas Story" was anything but an instant classic. Released on Nov. 18, 1983, the movie wasn't even booked in theaters during that first Christmas season. But when it caught on a few years later - thanks to the emergence of VHS and gradual air time on major cable networks - the low-budget film stuck like tongue to metal on a bully of a winter's day. . .