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Jean Shepherd's America - Season 1


"...IT WON'T ALWAYS BE THIS WAY" "There has always been a basic tension in the way we want to live," says Jean Shepherd. "On the one hand, we want roots, the nesting instinct. On the other, we want mobility, freedom to go anywhere." Shepherd thinks we can have both. And the time is now. He shows us this vision of the immediate future on JEAN SHEPHERD'S AMERICA. Shepherd's look at tomorrow's style of living is no documentary. It's a fast-moving collage of events, backed up by Jean's gift of gab. One place where Shepherd finds the future is in a vast crater surrounded by mountains, near Boulder, Colorado. It's the beginnings of a city called Pueblo West, and it's an island of civilization in the middle of the wilderness, not designed for completion until the 21st century. Jean Shepherd finds another kind of joy in a luxurious mobile-home. Not everybody can wheel their house around a hair-pin turn at 40 miles per hour. Shepherd does, and tells the amazing story of Gertz and his pre-fab Cape Cod Manor at the same time. Predicting the future has always been a popular spectator sport. But Jean Shepherd never could stand back and watch. He's making his version happen today.
Fan Comments
[ Courtesy: Pete Delaney - 09-18-2016 ]
Unfortunately, the themes from the previous episode continue with Shep at the wheel of a mobile home. He carries on again about "The urge to get moving!" and how "If a man doesn't think, feel or live, he's nothing" once again never considering the importance of family in a man's life. Shepherd also offers three astonishingly nave predictions: "Here at the new community of Pueblo West, Colorado, a man will be free to do what he pleases in a place where there will be no cars and only horses." (A check of the current Pueblo West web site indicates that this extremely exclusive and affluent community offers hundreds of parking spaces.) "Guys will live where they work. Ph.D's will become bartenders to live how they want!" "By 2005, when most of us will be dead, there will be no turnpikes, no tolls, no pollution." Shepherd does tell a great story about his father's friend's purchase of a build-it-yourself house kit and visits the ghost town of Independence, Colorado. As cameras pan the abandoned town Shep unsuccessfully implies that his viewers are as unhappy as he is: "Looking at this ghost town, you can almost see the ruins of your own life." He ends the episode with the revealing autobiographical statement "Houses are anchors and are always trouble. We have got to go. GOT TO GO!!"
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Music played during the show: "White Line Fever" Merle Haggard "I'm A Truck" Red Simpson "I'm Looking At The World Through A Windshield" Del Reeves"White Line Fever" Merle Haggard "I'm A Truck" Red Simpson "I'm Looking At The World Through A Windshield" Del Reeves

Production Information:
Studio / Network: WGBH - Snow Pond Productions
Director: Fred Barzyk
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Producer: Olivia Tappan, Leigh Brown
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Links to Further Information:
• Season 1 Press Kit