Flick was a major character in many of Shep's stories and was played by several people in the movies. As a child he had a dog named "Zero". Worked at his father's tavern, "Flick's Tavern", as a kid.
Retired to Frostproof, Florida in the early 70's.
[ Courtesy: Steve Glazer - 12-01-2017 ]
Jack Noble "Jackie" Flickinger -- born in Indiana on March 13, 1921, to Noble O. and Martha Flickinger -- was raised at 3024 (formerly 1482) Cleveland Street, near Shep's house, in the Hessville section of Hammond. He attended local schools, leaving Hammond High one year prior to graduation. His father was the owner of Flick's Tavern at 6449 Kennedy Avenue, which his mother helped manage. After leaving school, Jackie worked as a driver for the Hammond Times. On November 11, 1942, he enlisted in the Army and, after completing basic training in Texas, was sent to North Africa for anti-aircraft duty. After his discharge on October 30, 1945, Jackie returned to Hammond, where he married Opal J. Hayden and tended bar at Flick's. Noble died suddenly in 1950, and Jackie took over his father's tavern, which he ran with Opal for 30 years. They also moved to 3016 Cleveland Street, to be near his widowed mother, and raised two daughters (Jackie and Jean). Jackie and Opal later moved to Lowell, Indiana (446 Lakeview Court), where he passed away on July 21, 1994. Opal survived until August 31, 2008.
Although Flick went through Hammond's schools with Shep for many years, he dropped out of Hammond High in his junior year. By A year after Shep graduated, Flick was driving a truck for The Hammond Times, delivering the papers right off the presses to the newsboys in the streets of Hammond. In the fall of that year, the Sunday Times included a photo spread about the whole process of printing and delivering the newspapers. (see photo below)