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Pete Meed
, Maryland
Joined: December 22, 2003
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1154
Comments:
I Became aware of your site, last night 12/21/03, while listening to "20th Century Radio" Show on WCBM-AM 680, Baltimore, MD. I, heard Shep remark in an interview: when asked, if he ever considered returning to radio, "I'll put it to you this way, the money I made from one movie, was more than I made in all my years on the radio..." The years I listened on WOR, Jean Shepherd spun tales with passion and wit. I hope to learn more here, I was amused to learn that he actually was "out at transmitter!" I haven't been able to find the version of "Bon Friel Polka" (Strauss) which was Sheps Theme Song. I wonder if he added the horse winney? I can't imagine how many times I pulled over the covers and waited for that unique sound. Thanks for your effort. I shall be putting time asside to explore your undertaking. Pete Meed
John Roman
Abingdon, Maryland
Joined: August 07, 2001
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 659
Steve Feinstein
Annapolis, Maryland
Joined: March 31, 2000
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 32
Bud LaVance
Annapolis, Maryland
Joined: October 22, 2006
Shep fan since: 1957
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1789
Comments:
So I'm not the only one who wore out many a battery on my old transistor radio hiding it under my pillow or being distracted from my homework till all hours of the night back in the late 50's and early 60's. In the late 80's I was in Maine and a member of the Maine Home Builders Association. We wanted to find a copy of the film Phantom of the Open Hearth to show at our organization Christmas party, since I thought all the builders would love it. I think had the episode with the do-it-yourself home kit arriving by boxcar and all the friends (with many cases of beer) helping unload it to help put it together, but the beer got the best of them and the closing scene of that particular episode showed the lumber and prospective builders scattered all over the train yard among the beer cans. We tried finding a copy everywhere to no avail. Then about a month later we found out Shep lived practically next door in Waterville, Maine. He probably could have gotten us a copy or even been a guest speaker at our gathering! Oh well....Excelsior!
Burt Shapiro
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: September 26, 2000
Shep fan since: 1974
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 237
Joe Kleban
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: March 21, 2001
Shep fan since: 1958
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 523
Chas Marsh
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: May 17, 2001
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 568
Stan Krauson
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: August 19, 2001
Shep fan since: 1956
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 666
David Weinstock
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: September 05, 2003
Shep fan since: 1959
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1054
Comments:
A small voice in the back of my mind still reminds me of tales with Flick, Schwartz and Brunner, and evenings of Haiku. Maybe my life has been small, but those were some of the best moments of my addled adolesence.
Julian deLeyer
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: December 21, 2003
Shep fan since: 1987
Discovered Shep:
Saw One of His Movies
Guest No: 1153
Comments:
My family have enjoyed ollie hopnoddle and christmas story for quite a while now. I saw Ollie Hopnoddle on PBS and related to this story, I also taped the show, then ran it with the whole family (wife & 2 kids who were about 13 and 11 back then)We have rerun this tape many times and it's just a good simple story. Christmas Story is excellent to. Was there another one about 4th of July ...I remember seeing this on PBS a long time ago, but haven't seen it since.
Lorraine Whittlesey
Baltimore, Maryland
Joined: January 27, 2004
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1216
Comments:
Thanks to Joe Wall for his link and a reminder of how good radio broadcasting can truly. be
Drew Stewart
Baltimore originally Philadelphia, Maryland
Joined: February 27, 2001
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 477
Lois and Al Al Elieff
Bethesda, Maryland
Joined: December 29, 2000
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 373
Mike Kuffel
Bowie, Maryland
Joined: May 06, 2000
Shep fan since: 1992
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 187
Bill Killen Killen
Bowie, Maryland
Joined: March 17, 2001
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 516
Mark Rockmore
Columbia, Maryland
Joined: February 01, 2006
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1619
Comments:
Like many other 'Boomers' I used to listen to Shep under the covers at home on the South Shore of Nassau County,NY with my tranistor radio tuned to WOR. Earlier I used to listen to Long John Nebel and his guests who were the earliest 'abductees' from alien visitors et al. With Jean, I always enjoyed his tales of his summer working at the steel works, as when the gondola car tipped over and molten metal consumed the Tin Plate shop, or the rats (decribed as 'footballs with legs') that ate through the Coke machine. Following that his Army days dealing with that secret weapon RADAR which would fry you if you were too close to the power source. Of course, his stories of Flick, Schwartz, and Wanda Hickey still live in the printed word. His readings of the poems of Robert Service were insipiring. His radio ads for Volvo, or Prexy's (The hamburger with a college education) I can still hear in the ol'cabeza. Shep even had a few short 30min. shows on WORTV Ch.9 in the early 60's where he had the talent of playing music on his head, for one. Shep was truly a brillant ad hoc story-teller, a skill that cannot be found today on US radio. Excelsior, You fatheads!
Tim Pohle
cumberland , Maryland
Joined: February 20, 2004
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1226
Comments:
Listen on wor radio
Gary Schmidt
Dunkirk, Maryland
Joined: December 20, 2007
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
Saw his TV show
Guest No: 2648
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 Sheehan
Frederick, Maryland
Joined: October 24, 2005
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1535
Comments:
Listened to Shep late at nite in the latter part of the 1960s, along with Barry Farber, at WOR. He was often spoken of favorably by WBAI personalities such as Steve Post, Bob Fass, and Larry Josephson and touted as their inspiration. Radio became pretty unlistenable after the free form talk era ended, which really had its hey day in NYC radio for a while and was practically invented by the likes of Jean Shepherd. The radio suits said it was self-indulgent boring radio. However, all of the pre-programmed music and asinine telephone talk that replaced it was what really ruined a wonderful medium.
Kurt Manwiller
Frederick, Maryland
Joined: January 19, 2006
Shep fan since: 1968
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1611
Comments:
As a kid I would lay in bed in the dark and tune around on my Japanese transistor radio to try to see what I could find. I found Sheperd fading in and out on WOR. For quite a while I didn't know who he was - just when and where he was on the dial. Later NPR syndicated his shows, and I listened to them on FM without all the static. Like many - I was greatly influenced during my formative years, and perhaps never took anything seriously - or at least without a grain of salt as a result. Now I have all the books, and as of a couple of years ago - about 900 of the shows in MP3 format. I think that I was pretty lucky to have him there when I needed him...as do many others. Excelsior !
Hal Kennedy
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Joined: February 21, 2000
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 11
Richard Richard
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Joined: April 14, 2000
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 86
Jayson Spiegel
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Joined: November 28, 2006
Shep fan since: 1969
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1840
Comments:
One of my fondest memories growing up is listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR on a green transistor radio. I still order Bloody Charlies and sing "The Bear Missed the Train" at Jewish wedding. Shepherd is timeless. My 16 year old son actually ignored Play Station so he could finish reading In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.
Henry Dumbrowsy
Gambrills, Maryland
Joined: August 20, 2003
Shep fan since: 2003
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 798