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Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 1999.

Source Database: Contemporary Authors

PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000090336

Author Name: SHEPHERD, Jean (Parker)

Nationality: American

Year of Birth: 1929 (Note this is incorrect - it should be 1921)

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL

Personal Information:

Family: Born July 26, 1929, in Chicago, Ill. son of Jean P. (a clerk) and Anne (Heinrichs) Shepherd; married Leigh Brown (a writer), March, 1977. Education: Attended University of Maryland, 1948, and Indiana University, 1949-50. Avocational Interests: Amateur radio operator, private pilot. Memberships: Authors Guild of Authors League of America, American Radio Relay League, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Overseas Press Club, Dutch Treat Club. Addresses: Home: Washington, N.J. Agent: Leigh Brown, R.D.1, Box 28, Washington, N.J. 07882.

Career:

Actor in television and radio; writer. Has also been a staff member of radio stations WLW, Cincinnati, 1951-53, KYW, Philadelphia, 1954-57, and WOR, New York City, 1958--. Special instructor at New York University, 1969. As an actor has had four one-man shows at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in off-Broadway plays.

Award(s):

Most original fiction award from Indiana University, 1966;
best humor and satire award from Playboy, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971;
Mark Twain Award from International Platform Speakers Association, 1976.

WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:

The America of George Ade, Putnam, 1961.

In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (novel), Doubleday, 1967.

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters (stories), Doubleday, 1972.

The Ferrari in the Bedroom (stories and essays), Dodd, 1973.

The Phantom of the Open Hearth, Doubleday, 1977.

Author of columns in Village Voice, 1960-67, and Car and Driver, 1968-77. Contributing editor of Playboy and Car and Driver.

Works in Progress:

 Giant Country, a novel; a major television series for
        American Broadcasting Co.