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Rick Rossi
Miami Beach , Minnesota
Joined: August 15, 2021
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 3005
Comments:
Flick lives
Ed Cook
East Rockaway, New York
Joined: July 26, 2021
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 3003
Comments:
Happy 100th Shep!
George Csahanin
Crowley, Texas
Joined: August 16, 2017
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2942
Daniel Spencer
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Joined: August 04, 2017
Shep fan since: 1983
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 2941
Owen Tucker
Ellicott City, Maryland
Joined: January 02, 2017
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2933
Comments:
Sometime between grade 5 and 6 my family moved to new N. J. neighborhood …it took sometime to build up a new group of friends, and during that time (in the late 60s) my father, a mid western native, gave me an old radio that he found discarded… together we tested each tube and replaced the bad ones. We used a volt meter to make sure that connections were good and replaced the solder if needed. That summer, I had my very own AM radio in my bedroom. Each night at 9:15 I tuned in to WWOR where Jean Shepherd became a life long friend. flicklives is a bit like a reunion as I now live in Maryland. I'm amazed by the effort that's gone into this web site. I don't think Shep would have appreciated it but I sure do…
Robert J Slaney
Port Washington, New York
Joined: December 22, 2016
Shep fan since: 1971
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2932
Comments:
Great to have access to all things Shep.
John Fontaine
Kingston, New York
Joined: November 17, 2016
Shep fan since: 1971
Discovered Shep:
Read One of His Books
Guest No: 2931
Comments:
Actually I read his column in Car and Driver.
Kevin C
Rochester, Minnesota
Joined: October 27, 2016
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2930
Comments:
I grew up in Williston Park Long Island,NY. I would listen to Shep on WOR radio at 10PM during the week. I would have my transistor radio on under my pillow so my parents wouldn't hear it. I also became interested in HAM radio due to him. I listened to him until probably sometime in the early 70's. Not sure why I Googled his name tonight Oct 27, 2016 but here I am. This site brought back memories from a long time ago. I hope he is resting in peace.
Joe Sutman
Thousand Oaks , California
Joined: October 24, 2016
Shep fan since: 1954
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2929
Comments:
While defending the nation and stemming the tide of communist aggression in Barrington, Nova Scotia in 1960, I listened to Shep on my Halicrafter super duper World Wide Radio. One of the electronics guys at the US Air Force site at which I was stationed rigged an antenna for me that pulled in WOR clearly. This was in the early days of the Village Voice and Shep did live spots for them on his program. One night her offered a free subscription to the Voice to a call-in new subscriber who called from the greatest distance from NYC. I couldn't resist. Using the USAF's telephone system I called the number Shep designated, giving my Canadian address in Barrington N.S. Later during the program She announced the winner thus, "A guy called in from Nova Scotia. He's got to be the winner. Nova Scotia is an island off the west coast of Canada." I don't know if he really thought this or was just being playful. By the way, my service on a rocky point of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean obviously kept the Russian Bear from our shores. My sacrifice in living on this remote outpost of democracy for a year and a half was somewhat compensated by the availability of 25 cent lobsters at the dock in town and the privilege of being able to purchase Johnny Walker Black Label for $1.98 (U.S.) a bottle. Ah, the good old days! Post my stint as a defender of motherhood, righteousness and the American way. I settled into Greenwich Village in a walk-up near Sheridan Square and hung out at Julius' (10th St and Waverley Place) and the Ninth Circle a half a block away. Shepherd called for a spontaneous "Mill" late one night in Sheridan Square where the attendees just milled around drinking beer out of cans. Law enforcement officials were baffled as they responded to reports of a mob assembling in Sheridan Square... at the lack of hostility and unsocial behavior of the peaceful and happy group.
CHRISTINE CROMWELL
VANCOUVER, Washington
Joined: October 10, 2016
Shep fan since: 2000
Discovered Shep:
Read One of His Books
Guest No: 2928
Comments:
He really was one of the most astute funny observers of life. What a delight to listen to him and see his movies. Fantastic - Holy Smokes!
John Ward
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Joined: March 21, 2016
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2927
George Dorsett
BARRINGTON, New Hampshire
Joined: February 21, 2016
Shep fan since: 0
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2926
Comments:
I, like many, listened to him late at night as a kid. I lived in PA at the time, and it was difficult to dial in WOR, but I always kept my hand on the tuner to continually adjust for the best signal. I was hooked!
David Ramsey
Brownville, Maine
Joined: February 05, 2016
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2925
Comments:
Dad was a HAM and beat cop on patrol with a small radio and a piece of wire to attach to a drain pipe to get WOR. I was 12 and supposed to be sleeping and had a short wave radio and found Shep's show. Neither knew the other was listening to Shep till many years later.
Ted Pedersen
Calgary, JUNK
Joined: October 16, 2015
Shep fan since: 1974
Discovered Shep:
Read His Playboy Short Stories
Guest No: 2919
Comments:
Centuries before the internet, Shep's stories actually did made me LOL. For me, he was the guy I reasoned why I bought Playboy, "for the writing." He and Lenny Bruce, were a couple gems who helped shape American folklore, one laff at a time.
Henry Herge
Frisco, Texas
Joined: September 04, 2015
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2914
Comments:
Shep-A-Day is great.
Mike Kemsley
Burlington, Vermont
Joined: June 09, 2015
Shep fan since: 1950
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2912
Comments:
When I was a kid living in Jersey my Ma used to listen to WOR on a funky old black kitchen radio. I was mesmerized. Shep, rambling w/ Gambling, and the Fitzgeralds who just oozed culture and glamour, at lest to a 7 year old kid. When we moved to Vt in the late 50s we could still pick him up as I recall. Alas soon my teenaged interests turned to rock & roll and I was hooked on late night WPTZ and WKBW. The Joey Reynolds Show! I was in heaven!
Robert Grear
Bono, Arkansas
Joined: May 24, 2015
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2910
Comments:
Loved Shep and listened to his program every night it was aired on WOR starting in 1969. His books came next, and I've read most of them 6 times or more. I got a great kick out of the Bumpus family, Shep's father fighting the furnace, and all of his army stories. Like Shep, I am a ham operator, but alas, never contacted K2ORS directly. It would have been an honor and privilege to talk to this great man. Saw him once in concert at Princeton University back in the mid 1980s. He was even better in person! Now if I can only find a tape recorder that will play them, I can dust off the tapes I made of his on air shows that are stacked in the closet.... Excelsior You Fathead! Keep the great stuff coming!
michael markrush
foster, Rhode Island
Joined: June 18, 2012
Shep fan since: 2010
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2904
Comments:
great storyteller.i love his stories about cars and machines and growing up in a steel town.
Marty Tantum
Yardley, Pennsylvania
Joined: April 24, 2012
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2903
Comments:
Grew up in Jersey listening to Shep on WOR up until the time he left the station. Excelsior!
Bob Morrell
Port Monmouth, New Jersey
Joined: April 02, 2012
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2902
Comments:
Found Shep in 1968 on WOR, was hooked immediately. Would stay up listening to him on my Portable AM/FM radio. Was fortunate to meet him 2 times. Have all his books, and through reading them over and over they have become a tad dog eared.
edward zucca
woodstock, Connecticut
Joined: August 20, 2010
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2901
Comments:
1964 High school graduation year. Cherry Hill H.S.,Cherry Hill, N.J. Listened to quite a few shows on friends brothers car radio.(w. William Scott) A swell Chevrolet Corvair (unsafe at any speed) Reception was pretty good most of the time. Though he faded in and out. We just had to be patient. No one else like him anywhere on the radio dial then. He deserves at least as much recognition as Studs Terkel. And Mark Twain, even. Jack Kerouac never faced an audience every night! R.I.P.
Phil Redo
Boston, Massachusetts
Joined: July 28, 2010
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2900
David Lenson
Whately, Massachusetts
Joined: July 26, 2010
Shep fan since: 1961
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2899
Comments:
Jean changed my life through a mono transistor radio headphone.
john wb2gfr
franklinton, North Carolina
Joined: July 02, 2010
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2898
Comments:
never even duplicated, listened on wor 710 from nyc
John Bolinger
Centennial, Colorado
Joined: June 27, 2010
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 2897
Comments:
Jean Shepherd had a huge effect on my writing from the time I read IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH in 1966. My book, ALL YM YLAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood (published January, 2010) is about growing up in Hammond of the 1950's. There are two sequels in the works. I consider Jean Shepherdd my mentor for local color, character development and midwestern writing style...though he will ALWAYS be the master writer for me for this genre. He remains the best. You can check out my book's website at mylazyrivers.com with a couple of sample chapters, and the book is also on Amazon.com. My other favorite stories and books by Shepherd are "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories"....and THE FERRARI IN THE BEDROOM (a book of brilliant satire). Best wishes to all you fans of my hero, Mr. Shepherd. Looks as if he's your hero too! JB
Nathan Lueptow
Los Angeles, California
Joined: June 23, 2010
Shep fan since: 1982
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 2896
Comments:
Gee whiz wow!
Danny Kubert
Dover, New Jersey
Joined: June 15, 2010
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2895
Comments:
Of course I love all of the existing Shep stuff (always have, always will), but whenever I hear him I can't help thinking what his motives were behind years of disendowing his real family. A real wife, real kids, real house. They all existed. But to his listeners he seemed a devote bachelor. Privacy is understandable, and maintaining his public image is also viable, but to go out of his way to consciously distance himself from reality is something I'll never understand. I don't think they will either.
David Pressman
San Francisco, California
Joined: June 05, 2010
Shep fan since: 1956
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2894
Comments:
I listened to Shep every weekday night that I could in Phila. where he came in loud and clear on WOR, 710. When he had a nightclub show in Greenwich Village I drove up to see him in person; it was a great thrill to be sitting a few feet from my idol. As a very reticent person, I greatly admired his infinite gift of infinite, interesting gab.
Daniel Mitchell
Santa Monica, California
Joined: May 01, 2010
Shep fan since: 1956
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2893
Comments:
I used to listen in New York at night (little radio turned low so parents would not object because of the late hour) in high school, college, later in grad school in Boston. (He was carried in Boston for a time by a local radio station late Saturday nights - probably a college station.)
Georgia Downer
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Joined: April 19, 2010
Shep fan since: 1992
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 2892
Comments:
Born & raised in south Jersey, I heard listened to Shep while he was in Philly. Great loss when he passed. When A Christmas Story went to VHS, I watched it twice a night for 29 days straight, while my husband worked second shift at work. I could recite great blocks of dialoge from memory afterwards. ;-)
David Gilbert
, New Jersey
Joined: March 20, 2010
Shep fan since: 1974
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2891
Comments:
I was a late comer to Shep; but I was fourteen years old when I discovered him on WOR radio, which is probably about the time that most males would begin to really appreciate his sense of humor and insight into things; or, maybe I was just a late bloomer. The first show I heard was dedicated to train whistles and their meanings. He played the recordings of the whistles and explained what they signaled. He also described how wonderful it was to watch those magnificent old steamers come roaring by. I still remember Shep's gleeful enthusiasm and passion for those trains. What a great show; and what a great way to discover a master at his craft. Boy, I miss those days. Too bad he is gone.
Frank Hagerman KD4HKL
Aiken, South Carolina
Joined: February 13, 2010
Shep fan since: 1965
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2888
Comments:
Shep was the greatest.....have many of his shows on cd's and when things look glum...put the cd on play and all is well for the moment as Shep would have wanted it to be....gone but never forgotten.....73's
John Peek
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joined: February 06, 2010
Shep fan since: 1952
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2887
Comments:
Have been a great fan of Shepp since I first heard him on a Phialdelphia radio station in 1952. I lost tack of him when he left Philadelphia but was delighted when he returned to the East Coast with WOR.
william Napolitano
Wantagh, New York
Joined: January 30, 2010
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2886
Bob Paul
Guilford, Connecticut
Joined: January 29, 2010
Shep fan since: 1950
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2885
Comments:
Many a night, unable to sleep, I needed mental stimulation to ease my craving for intellect rapped around nonsense. Suddenly, there it was! [I think he was only on Sunday nights at the time]. More giggles. More intellect. More nuttiness. My life took a sudden turn--I was hooked! All my kids [40s and 50s] became hooked because the Ol' Man raved about it. They can still tell Shep stories, sing his songs. And, then one day he was gone. That's when I discovered Leon Redbone. Excelsior! Keep the memories rolling--thanx.
Peter Murricane
New York, New York
Joined: January 01, 2010
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2883
Comments:
Mom got me listening to Shep on WOR who knows when. I wanted a ham license but got stuck with CB radio. Eventually I connected with a group in Queens NY that offered a Novice class....WN2SGT. I learned CW from a simple 80 mtr receiver tuned to W1AW. I graduated from RCA Institutes in 1974....WB2SGT Advanced Never became a broadcast engineer....worked HF and VHF/UHF systems for a few years. Met Shep at concert when he told me had no interest in ham radio....showed up at Dayton banquet as speaker. Yup....25 trips to Dayton I've made. Cherryville Rpt. group got me my hard won EXTRA.....still WB2SGT. I can quote all the RF crap....RADAR mast on 6 meters, electrolyctic rectifiers boiling over burning the carpet, lawn chairs (NJ concert) for electrocution. Few kids heard Shep...role model...I became a HF engineer till satellites took away the industry. Never went to Dayton banquet....FM Bash was way to go. MLK had a dream...Shep placed fruit in glass jars buried in the sand where Japz won't find. I'll always take an 811 over an 807...won't tax my bladder. 73 de WB2SGT EXTRA CLASS.
Jim Flick
Poway, California
Joined: December 16, 2009
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2882
Comments:
I was one of those kids who secretly listened to Shep with a transistor radio hidden underneath my pillow. At times, I fell asleep and killed a 9 volt battery which was replaced out of my meager earnings as a paperboy.
David Johnson
Baldwin, New York
Joined: November 25, 2009
Shep fan since: 1973
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2881
Comments:
It was on past my bedtime. I was one of those kids hiding the radio under the covers. My two favorite memories: when his radio was hit by lightning and his mother proclaimed,"YOU BROKE THE HOUSE!!!", and an episode which ended with the questionable advice,'Lie, kid. Lie for all you're worth. And they'll BELIEVE you!'
Tony Cortizas Jr.
Cambridge (formerly of Bridgewater, NJ), Massachusetts
Joined: November 18, 2009
Shep fan since: 1965
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2880
Comments:
I grew up in New Jersey in the '60s and listened to JS when I got my 1st transitor radio, in the mid-'60s. I think I stopped listening once I hit highschool ('67) and got more interested in music (great year, '67). I remember liking the Limelight shows best, probably I was a little too young to appreciate the sometimes more philosophical weekday shows. I got and read In God We trust when it came out and saw him live twice at local NJ highschool performances. My memory is that his live performances were great. I moved to Boston in "69, but by then had forgotten JS and didn't realize he could be heard here. Now I collect his shows from the web (1,600+) and listen to them incessantly. I am amazed that he could do a show every night.
Jeff Rosen
Cranbury, New Jersey
Joined: November 16, 2009
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2879
Comments:
Shep, Lord Buckley, Bucky Fuller and Brother Blue - the preeminent 20th century artists of the spoken word. How I miss them.
Joe Cooper
Brooklyn, New York
Joined: October 30, 2009
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2878
JOSEPH A KARAS
new brunswick, New Jersey
Joined: September 11, 2009
Shep fan since: 1972
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2877
JIM CLARK
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida
Joined: August 22, 2009
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
Read his Playboy short stories
Guest No: 2876
John J Stevens
Warren, Rhode Island
Joined: August 13, 2009
Shep fan since: 1971
Discovered Shep:
Saw his TV show
Guest No: 2874
Comments:
I found my dad, Hank Stevens, watching Jean on PBS (Public TV) out of Boston, MA. I'm not sure if it was Great American Dream Machine or Jean Shepherd's America. Shep's America was a weekly father and son ritual. He introduced me to lots of the old greats. In fact, he read short stories from Shep, Goldstein, and many other contributors to Playboy to us as we were teenagers sitting around a campfire out in the yard. He had us in stitches on that old stuff. I've never stopped watching or listening to Jean. I have read three of his most noted books. Great for some "thinkin' about it" and some good input from a completely different direction! LOL The man. rightfully so, lives on in the hearts of millions. John Age 54
Marilyn Hager
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Joined: August 10, 2009
Shep fan since: 1956
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2873
Comments:
Have enjoyed Jean's music for over 40 years, saw her in Hayward WI at the LCO Casino with Stonewall Jackson, what a show they put on.
Hank Goldman
Riverdale, New York
Joined: July 31, 2009
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2872
Comments:
Shep Lives!!!!
Mike Brigham
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia
Joined: July 19, 2009
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2871
Comments:
I used to sneak my 9 transistor radio under my pillow on Saturday night to listen to Shep whsn I was 10 years old. I loved his show and had to laugh into the pillow to keep from being discovered by my Mom. I was up "much to late for a 10 year old" ( What my Mom said ).
John Talbot
Madison, Wisconsin
Joined: July 04, 2009
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2870
Comments:
I used to go to sleep every night when I was kid listening to him on WOR. I especially liked it when he talked about HAM radio. To this day I still practice Ham radio. The best story was his prom date which ended badly with the turkey problem.
Chuck Lundt
Madison, New Jersey
Joined: June 29, 2009
Shep fan since: 1956
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2868
Comments:
If I remember correctly Flick died in WWII. Is this assumption correct? (Actually it was Schwartz that died in WWII according to Shep in his book "In God We Trust...")
Alan Kalish
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Joined: June 20, 2009
Shep fan since: 1964
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2867
Comments:
I met Jean Shepherd at two different book signings in Plainfield, NJ. I also saw him in concert at Princeton University, at Red Bank, at Clinton, at NCE (since changed to NJIT), and at Carnagie Hall. I provided Max Schmid and two other Shep archives with almost 200 shows recorded between 1970 and 1974. These were recordings that I first made while in high school, on cassettes. Over time I had to move the recordings onto reel-to-reel as the cassettes began to seize up. When the reel-to-reel recordings began to fail (30+ years after my original recording dates), I transferred the shows to a digital format. When I was in college I nearly lost the whole collection when I was transporting the collection between school and home. My car's tailpipe rotted off and the floor of my trunk got very hot. About half of the cassettes had deformed. I ended up buying new cassettes with housings that were held together with screws, and then I transferred the tape from the melted housings into the new housings.