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July 3, 2017
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Happy Fourth You Fatheads
By John Whalen
John writes in his blog: This year I will do you all a favor and forego trying to ape Shepherd and simply let you hear the master tell the tale in his own words, in his own inimitable style. It's a classic.

>>> John's Blog <<<

March 30, 2017
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Shep at Drew University
According to Mark Adams who was there - "As I recall, the show started late afternoon and the bar was closed... just set up as a coffeehouse. I think that the crowd averaged 150-175 students and faculty with students coming and going to study. It felt very similar to the Limelight show that my parents took me to see in the mid 60s. My favorite part of the show is the Q&A session at the end. The obnoxiously loud whistling was my own. ;-)"
>>> Live performances page
March 9, 2017
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Leg Lamp For Sale
On Season 6 Episode 11 of AMC's Comic Book Men, a leglamp and crate is brought into the shop and sold for $650.
>>> The Leg Lamp

>>> AMC - Watch Full Episode <<<

December 2016
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The Man Behind the LEG LAMP
Jean Shepherd's Innovation Reflected His Crazy, Conflicted Genius
The December 2016 issue of Inventor's Digest contains a story about the famous Leg Lamp, it's inspiration and creation by Reid Creager.
>>> Article

>>> Inventor's Digest <<<

December 7, 2016
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The Making of A Christmas Story
by Sam Kashner
The Holiday Issue of Vanity Fair features a story about the making of A Christmas Story

>>> Original Article <<<

September 7, 2016
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New Features
Cross - Referencing
Two new sections have been added and affect most of the pages on the website. These are "Plots / Story Lines" and "General Topics." The 'Plots / Story Lines' section covers where the various items were used- movies, books, columns, radio, etc. and the 'General Topics' section covers things that Shep would often talk about on his radio shows such as Baseball, Poetry, Og and Charlie, etc. The purpose here is to cross reference the uses of the various subjects across all the mediums Shep used. This is a massive project that is going to take quite some time, but it will contine to grow and inform daily.
>>> Plots / Story Lines
January 20, 2016
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Trains
Jean Shepherd's America
A copy of one of the 1971 (1st Season) episodes of Jean Shepherds America called "Trains" has surfaced and is posted on Youtube.
>>> Jean Shepherd's America

>>> Youtube Video <<<

December 25, 2015
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7 things you never knew about 'A Christmas Story', including a Jersey connection
By Marisa Iati - NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Steven Glazer spoke about the untold stories behind Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story" at the Cranford Community Center.
>>> Read Steve's essay about the Leg Lamp

>>> Link to article <<<

December 23, 2015
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The Leg Lamp
by Steve Glazer
Steve Glazer has written an essay about Shep's use of the Leg Lamp and how it was conceived from advertisements for the Nehi company.
>>> Steve's essay
December 20, 2015
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Bahn Frei! - The Story of Shep's Theme
by Steve Glazer
Steve Glazer has done some extensive research on the history of Eduard Strausses "Bahn Frei" and how it came about that Shep used it for his opening and closing theme.
>>> Steve's article
November 20, 2015
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Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story"
The Truth Behind The Classic Movie
An Illustrated Lecture by Steven Glazer who explains many of the stories behind the Story.
>>> Time and Location. . .
October 18, 2015
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Shep Childhood Home Home Historic Presercation Announcement
2907 Cleveland Street
On October 16, 2015 on the anniversary of Shep's passing, Nick Mantis announced his nomination of the house at 2907 Cleveland Street for historical preservation citing that there are no monuments or statues that commemorate one of America's greatest storytellers. Nick is the filmmaker of the upcoming documentary "Shep".
>>> 2907 Cleveland Street

>>> Youtube Video <<<

September 8, 2015
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1971 KRAB Interview
On October 23, 1971, as part of promoting his book Wanda Hickey . . . , Jean Shepherd and Leigh Brown were Interviewed by Greg Palmer, Lorenzo W Milam and Helen Norton - KRAB radio in Seattle Washington. The interview lasted about 2 hours and can be heard at the link below.

>>> Link to KRAB webpage and interview <<<

August 9, 2015
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The Story of Schwartz
Updated information
Thanks to extensive research on the part of Steve Glazer, we now know that Schwartz was not 'shot down over Italy' as Shep wrote in his book "InGod We Trust. . . "
>>> Read what really happened here. . .
July 8, 2015
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Tom with his autographed Red Ryder
Region broadcaster, TV personality Tom Higgins dies at 82
Interviewed Shep May 15, 1995
Tom Higgins, a longtime Northwest Indiana broadcaster and newsman known for his wry sense of humor and quick wit, died Tuesday at age 82 after a three-year battle with cancer. Tom was working for WYIN Channel 56 - Gary Indiana when he interviewed Shep and presented him with a Toledo Mudhens baseball cap. Shep was in town to receive an award at Indiana University.
>>> The Tom Higgens Interview

>>> NWI Times Article <<<

July 4, 2015
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The Return of Ludlow Kissel
by John M Whalen
It's that time of year again. Every Fourth of July I bring back this blog I wrote back in 2012, which extols the virtues of Mr. Jean Shepherd and his famous story of Ludlow Kissell and the Dago Bomb that struck back.

>>> Read John's full story <<<

February 5 2015
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Nedicks
Admiral of the Orange Seas
Shep used to sing a Nedicks jingle from time to time and there was an actual contest held by WOR (Shep) and Nedicks. The winner was Barry Buhler - the "Bayside Baron" and was presented his award at the Nidicks near Times Square.
>>> More on Nedicks
January 16, 2015
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Wanda Hickey booksigning
Morristown NJ
Dave Somers sent in copies of his autographed copy of Wanda Hickey and the article from the local paper. Shep dedicated the signing to his mom, Pat, for her birthday.
>>> More on the booksigning. . .
December 18, 2014
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A Christmas Story
Cinefix - 8 Bit Cinema
Cinefix answers the question: What if 'A Christmas Story' was an 8-bit video game?

>>> Watch it here . . . <<<

November 23, 2014
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"Channel Cat in the Middle Distance"
Long lost documentary
Back in 1966, when Jonathan Sanger was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications, he made a film with his classmate Al Tedesco, called Channel Cat in the Middle Distance. Thanks to Jonathan who preserved the 16mm film and has since digitized it, we are able to see some very rare footage of Shep at work and play.
>>> More on the documentary. . .
October 31, 2014
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A Major Award!
Shep received a "Doctor of Letters" from New England College in 1986 where he also gave the commencement address that year. Thaks to Steve Glazer and Frank Hall for the info.
>>> Here's more. . .
October 16, 2014
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Remembering Shep
"I was this kid see. . ."
It has been 15 years since Jean Parker Shepherd passed away. He once said: "Can you imagine 4,000 years passing, and you're not even a memory? Think about it, friends. It's not just a possibility. It is a certainty." Only 3,985 more years to go! Thanks to the many fans who recorded his shows, we will be able to enjoy Shep's distinct voice and form of humor for many more years. Shep has the distiction of having succeeded in just about every form of medium in the entertainment business. Radio, TV, Records, Books, Magazines, Live Stand-up Performances, Off-Broadway Acting, and even Commercials were all in his portfolio.
>>> Listen to some Shep. . .
October 15, 2014
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Author will be portrayed
Actor Bennett Ayers will portray noted writer and storyteller Jean Shepherd (1921-99), the author of "A Christmas Story," Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Madison. Ayers will recount stories about Shepherd's childhood in Hammond, as well as his career in radio and as a writer, according to a press release.

>>> Batesville Herald-Tribune <<<

October 12, 2014
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Jean Shepherd's FIRST wife
Thanks to Steve Glazer we now have confirmation of the longtime rumor of Shep's 1st marriage, (before Joan Warner, 1950). It was to a girl named Barbara Mattoon who was not only from Hammond but also worked at WJOB while Shep was there. This brings the total number of wives to 4. Barbar Mattoon (1947), Joan Warner (1950), Lois Nettleton (1960-67), and Leigh Brown (1977-98).
>>> More about Shep's 1st wife. . .
October 11, 2014
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Early Radio Station Jobs
It had been thought that Shep was on station WLEC in Sandusky Ohio for some time in 1948, but as it turns out that was the female singer Jean Shepherd. However, it has been discovered that he did spend time at two other stations in Toledo, Ohio. These were WTOD (1947-1951) and WSPD dates unknown. His time at WKRC had been confirmed to as late as April 27, 1949, about a month more that previously thought. Thanks to Steve Glazer
>>> Radio Station Page. . .
September 4, 2014
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2 "new" shows from 1975-76
Thanks to Al Holt, we have possibly 2 new shows added to the database. "Worst Night" from June 30, 1975 and "Rock Collector" from July 7, 1975 "Worst Night" is an army foxhole tale and Shep follows it with a story about cramming for a Chemistry test. "Rock Collector" deals with a story of a rock collector who has accumulated 60,000 pounds of assorted rocks followed by a tale of a fictitious Montreal Expos game where they score 1119 runs in one inning! Thanks to Gary in California for the dating. See "New Finds" to the right under "Audio Archives"
July 30, 2014
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More Never Before Heard Shep Audio
Recorded for syndication and never broadcast
Mr FAT-W (Films Around The World) has released 12 new Jean Shepherd shows never before released. These are available as 12 single audio CDs @ $14.99 each.
>>> Shepstore. . .

>>> Films Around the World website. . . <<<

July 26, 2014
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Happy Birthday Shep!
Shep would be 93 years old today. It's been 37 years since his last WOR show on April 1, 1977 and 59 years since he first started on WOR. Don't that make you feel old!
May 1, 2014
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Anyone have the whole set?
The "Ronald Colman Gravy Boat"
One too many!
So what's the story behind this item? In "My Summer Story" one of the plot lines was about the "Great Gravy Boat Riot" Due to a delivery 'snafu' only gravy boats were being delivered to the theater each week and after a while everyone had way too many gravy boats and the women rebelled, throwing them at Leopold Doppler up on stage . A scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" attack scene. Were there actually Ronald Coleman gravy boats or were they made specifically for the movie? At least one of these has survived through the years and has shown up in a very unlikely place. . .
>>> Continued. . .
February 21, 2014
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Shep Receiving Doctorate of Humane Letters at Indiana University in 1995
courtesy: Professor James Lane - Indiana Univerity and Nick Mantis
Here's a photo of Shep receiving his Doctorate of Humane Letters at Indiana University on May 15, 1995.
>>> Continued. . .
February 17, 2014
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From 1959 - "Clean H-Bomb - Ghosts of Gothic NY Architecture"
Early Shep
Thanks to Dan Fine, a 24 minute excerpt from one of Shep's Saturday or Sunday night shows in approx July 1959 has surface for all to enjoy. As usual, Shep covers a bunch of topics in a short time.
>>> Continued. . .
February 13, 2014
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The Hunting of the Snark
as read by Jean Shepherd
Thanks to David Director and David Singer, Shep's reading of Lewis Carrolls "The Hunting of the Snark" has come to light for Shep fans to hear. Follow the link 'continued on next page. . .' to hear the January 29, 1963 show.
>>> Continued. . .
January 16, 2014
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"Destry Rides Again"
St. John Terrell's Lambertville Music Circus
In 1961 Shep performed in "Destry Rides Again" at the Lambertville Music Circus. The show played only a few weeks because the Music Circus has a long line-up of performers and performances that rotated through the big tent (Yes, tent!) over the years. Check out the website created by Jon Case, who worked both on stage and behind the scenes back in the 60s.

>>> Lambertville Music Circus website. . . <<<

January 5, 2014
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Free 1926 Sears Prefab House
Just haul it away!
Located in Arlington, VA, this 960 square foot house can be all yours. Shep fans will recall this type of house being one of the sub-plots in "Phantom of the Open Hearth"

>>> USA Today website. . . <<<

November 23, 2013
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Jean Shepherd reflects on Kennedy
After a long, sad weekend following the assassination of John F Kennedy on Nov 22, 1963, Jean Shepherd took to the airwaves for his first show back on Monday Nov 25 with a somber, reflective program. For the entire week he declined to play his jaunty theme song, and took several days to discuss the American scene and mood. Thanks largely to Shep fan Jean Tepper, we have three of these programs that were taped from FM over the air at the time of broadcast. The first show is actually a composite of three different recordings, starting with a very poor copy which was the most complete, tagging on a bit more from a slightly better recording, then the bulk of the show is from the very nice sounding copy from Jean Tepper. The other two recordings are flawed due to signal interference that comes and goes throughout the broadcast, but despite the whistling and hooning, Shep's words come through. Two of these programs have been aired in the past over WBAI, the third has never been replayed as far as I can recall. During the coming week you will get a chance to hear them all on the radio or on the web. The first show from Monday Nov 25, 1963 will be played on the Saturday morning show on yesterdayusa.com. The Thanksgiving show "Shadows and Haiku" will be aired on WBAI on Sunday evening. At some point during the week I will upload the third show to Mixcloud - this show was from either Tuesday or Wednesday of that week, and I call it "The Ugly American". I hope you will listen. (If you miss these, they will be archived here in the "Max Schmid presents Jean Shepherd" section)

>>> Mass Backwards. . . <<<

November 22, 2013
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NPR plays Shep's eulogy to JFK
interview with Eugene B Bergmann
On November 25th many NPR stations will be playing Jean Shepherd's November 25th 1963 show on which he talks about Kennedy and politics in general. How they affect our lives. Gene talks about the effect that the assassination had on Shep Shep did not play his usual theme song at the start or finish of his show for the entire week out of respect and spent the week doing shows related to the subject.

>>> PRX website. . . <<<

October 29, 2013
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Scott Schwartz (Flick) poses next to the statue
Hammond statue to immortalize 'A Christmas Story' prank
By Andy Grimm Tribune reporter
Visitors to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will get a special treat now after the unveiling of a statue of Flick in the famous "Triple Dog Dare" scene from A Christmas Story. The statue was cleverly placed right up against the existing flagpole in front of the center to complete the scene.

>>> Chicago Tribune website. . . <<<

October 1, 2013
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Marching Band Pileup Nearly Takes Out High School's Entire Tuba Section
Where's Wilbur Duckworth when you need him?
Like a scene right out of "Great American Fourth of July" (upper left in photo) the Lake Travis High School Marching Band find themselves in a choreography snaffu. As the band goes into a reverse march, the leading (trailing?) sousaphone player trips and begins a 'domino effect' as the others back into and trip on each other.

>>> Youtube video. . . <<<

September 23, 2013
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Photo Credit: Elena Dijour / Shutterstock.com
How Corporations Co-opted the "Flash Mob"
AlterNet / By Paul Krassner
Paul Krassner who was one of many people inspired by Shep has penned an article about modern day flash mobs being used by corporations for marketing purposes. Beginning with the seventh paragraph he makes the "Shepherd" coinnection.

>>> Article. . . <<<

August 5, 2013
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Gene on CBS
"Shep's Army" - on the march!
The Interviews (UPDATE 3)
Gene Bergmann kicked off his promotions for "Shep's Army" by appearing on CBS New York Sunday Morning July 21st at 8:40am. Next on the schedule: August 10 - Joe Franklin Show on Bloomberg Radio (taped phone interview) August 11 - 7pm to 9pm - Golden Age of Radio with Max Schmid - WBAI NY Live on phone August 16, 11:00pm - YesterdayUSA with John and Larry Gassman - www.yesterdayUSA.com August 24 - NPR Weekend edition with Scott Simon, Saturday (taped interview) September 1 - 8pm - 21st Century Radio with Dr Bob Hieronimus - WCBM 680 Baltimore September 16 - BOB EDWARDS SHOW - SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO

>>> Article. . . <<<

August 3, 2013
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Early life in Trenton left mark on pioneering composer George Antheil
By Ross Amico/For The Times of Trenton
Radio personality Jean Shepherd (now of "A Christmas Story" fame) adored him, and played his music on his radio broadcasts, even providing an on-air eulogy following Antheil's death. Yet his music has failed to gain traction. Read the whole article . . .

>>> Article. . . <<<

July 26, 2013
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Happy Birthday Shep!
Shep would be 92 years old today. It's been 36 years since his last WOR show on April 1, 1977 and 58 years since he first started on WOR. Don't that make you feel old!
July 8, 2013
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Old Books, Fresh Eyes
A new Blog
Lois Nettleton's niece inherited Lois' book collection and has decided to do something contructive with them. "For too long, the books sat neglected on my shelf. They deserve a closer look as a window into the artistic and cultural climate of 1950s, 60s and 70s. This blog is intended to give fresh eyes to these old books and learn something along the way."

>>> Website. . . <<<

June 26, 2013
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Sheps Army - Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles
By Jean Shepherd - Edited by Eugene B. Bergmann
Thanks to the efforts of author Eugene B. Bergmann, who wrote the only book on Jean Shepherd, "Excelsior You Fathead, The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd", those verbal tales from the radio have been collected and painstakingly transcribed into book form as "Shep's Army - Bummers, Blisters, and Boondoggles"
>>> Continued. . .
May 3, 2013
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3 Tony Award Nominations
A Christmas Story - The Musical
Best Musical Best Original Score Best Book of a Musical

>>> Article. . . <<<

March 12, 2013
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Shep with football and Dawn - Courtesy Bill Ek and Steve Glazer
VERY Early Shep
and first love Dawn Strickland
Steve Glazer has been doing a lot of research into who is fact and fiction in Shep's stories and in recent weeks we have added a lot of content in the people section. (See "What's New" in the bottom of the next column) He was able to make contact with Dawn Strickland's son. According to Shep on his 8-6-69 show, she lived across the street and was his 'first love'. Shep is the kid holding the football with the signiture cleft in his chin. Shep always spoke of living on Cleveland Street, but he was born in Chicago where he lived until mid Kindergarten and then lived in East Chicago, Indiana where he met Dawn. He then moved to Cleveland St in Hammond to start 2nd grade.
February 20, 2013
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Matthew Callan
The Man Behind The Brilliant Media Hoax Of "I, Libertine"
By: Matthew Callan
Matthew Callan wrote an interesting article on The Awl concerming Sheps early WOR radio career and the story behind "I, Libertine" "In the 1950s, a DJ named Jean Shepherd hosted a late-night radio show on New York's WOR that was unlike any before or since. On these broadcasts, he delivered dense, cerebral monologues, sprinkled with pop-culture tidbits and vivid stretches of expert storytelling. . .

>>> Article. . . <<<

February 5, 2013
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The Winter of Our Discontent
by John M. Whalen
John sums up an interesting story about the recent find of King Richard III remains with a classic Shep quote.

>>> Article. . . <<<

February 4, 2013
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courtesy Don Knowlton
New Shep Blog
Jean Shepherd Quest
Jean Shepherd Author and Historian Eugene B. Bergmann has begun a blog in his 'quest for Shep'. Watch for new entries as he is inspired to open our eyes to more conversation about Shep.

>>> Shepquest website. . . <<<

February 1, 2013
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Ed Koch remembered
Former Mayor Ed Koch passed away at 2A.M. There are two commercials for the re-election of Ed Koch for Congressman. On the October 28 and 29, 1974 Jean Shepherd shows.
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