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Rear Bumper

1969

Not to be confused with the "Rear Bumper" television show that Shep did in Cincinnati, these were a series of short films done by Shep for PBS to fill time at the end of the broadcast day in 1969. "Shep did a series of rear bumpers in 1969. These were aired nightly for a month at the end of the programming day. They had no time requirements because they could run as short or as long as they wished." Fred Barzyk, Producer and Director - WGBH ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In his "Rear Bumper" spots, writer and raconteur Jean Shepherd reminisces with several people on a boating excursion. Topics of discussion include his work in television, humor, and writing. Interspersed with this dialogue are anecdotal television spots recorded several years earlier. [WGBH New Television Workshop.] Five segments of Jean Shepherd talking about various topics. Segment I: Jean Shepherd, alone in a car, alone in a drive-in theater, opines on the significance of the drive-in to American culture (RT: 7:36) Segment II: Jean Shepherd visits an empty Fenway Park and recalls childhood baseball memories (RT: 11:52) Segment III: Jean Shepherd homage to "Slob Food" (RT: 17:29) Segment IV: "Where's Jean (Shepherd)" B/W (RT: 8:18) Segment V: Jean Shepherd narrates about, and over, footage of Fort Washington in Cambridge, MA, the last remaining Revolutionary Fort in the area (RT: 4:00) Segment VI: shorter version of MOS footage of four individuals smoking, reading, eating, and drinking (only two people are seen in this clip). All clips are in color with the exception of the "Where's Jean" segment
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In his "Rear Bumper" spots, writer and raconteur Jean Shepherd reminisces with several people on a boating excursion. Topics of discussion include his work in television, humor, and writing. Interspersed with this dialogue are anecdotal television spots recorded several years earlier. [WGBH - New Television Workshop] These "Rear Bumper" were created by Shepherd through the Rockefeller Artsists-in-Television program and include footage shot earlier (at WGBH?). They were broadcast at the end of the programming day. [WGBH - New Television Workshop] The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" materials were created before the creation of the New Television Workshop. They were processed as part of this Collection because of their relationship to video art and experimental work. The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970, it was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Studio / Network: WGBH
Director: Fred Barzyk
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Producer: Jonathan Meath
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July 28,1969

Courtesy: Steve Glazer


January 05,1970
The Boston Globe

Courtesy: Steve Glazer


February 15,1970
The Boston Globe

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

  
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Bumpers - Fenway Park