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Carole Bergman
........................, Virginia
Joined: November 02, 2003
Shep fan since: 1975
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1087
Comments:
I grew up in Hammond. I went to the Lake County Fair. My brother and I always check tux jackets for the bullet hole in the pocket. Found the site while searching for a copy of "Wanda Hickey ---" (I went to school with her!) for my son-in-law who is a recent convert.
Richard Fye
Alexandria, Virginia
Joined: May 21, 2001
Shep fan since: 1976
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 574
Grant Randall
Alexandria, Virginia
Joined: November 11, 2004
Shep fan since: 1971
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1341
Comments:
Good God, Thanks for this Site.Some portal for my younger years,formed by a master storyteller.Alone in rural America,I saw life a little more clearly through his words. Hard lessons more easily absorbed and much laughter.Car and Driver columns were my first exposure,then saw Shep on Virginia Graham[!] show,promoting Wanda Hickey. I bought the book,and was changed forever.Great appearance,as she didn t seem to "get" his humor!
David Hayes
Arlington, Virginia
Joined: December 22, 2000
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 356
Hank Ickes
Arlington, Virginia
Joined: August 14, 2003
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1040
Comments:
I think Shep might have been *one* of the reasons why I volunteered to go in the US Army Signal Corps in 1964 (rather than wait around to be drafted into something less pleasant . . .). And I even went to one of his "Limelight" shows while stationed at Ft. Monmouth. A source of cheap amusement for him, I'm sure. Anyway, nostalgia aside, I treasure the memories of listening to him on WOR (I lived on Long Island at the time), and I miss the monologues. Excelsior indeed, you fatheads! Hank Ickes
Thomas Horton
Ashburn, Virginia
Joined: September 16, 2003
Shep fan since: 1972
Discovered Shep:
Read one of his books
Guest No: 1062
Comments:
Jean Shepherd is one of my very favourite authors. Many an enjoyable hour has been spent reading (and re-reading) his books. I am so happy I ran across this site. Thank you for keeping his memory alive
BILL SCHMINDLEHAMMER
ASS FALLS, Virginia
Joined: May 11, 2021
Shep fan since: 1784
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2989
Comments:
I ENJOY SHEPS SHOW EVERY EVENING WHILE IM NUDE IN MY BASEMENT.I ENJOY THE SHOWS ABOUT MAKING GRAVY THE MOST.I ALSO LIKE WHEN HE PLAYS TROMBONE SOLOS.SOMETIMES I PLAY TRUMPET WITH HIM IN THE NUDE?I LIKE THE SHOWS ABOUT FEASTERBERG.HE WAS A PIONEER OF NUDISTS EVERYWHERE.I LIKE TO STRIP NUDE AND WEAR LADIES UNDERWEAR.
Todd Solberg
Blacksburg, Virginia
Joined: February 25, 2001
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 465
cathy moore (now jacobs)
blacksburg, Virginia
Joined: October 10, 2003
Shep fan since: 1965
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 847
Comments:
I am now 50. My father was a great fan and I became hooked when I was maybe 12. Oh my gosh what a rush to find myself in my dark bedroom hearing stories about flick and schwartz after listening to a CD provided by a friend. The preteen and teen years are such an impressionable time; I am sure that he had a much greater impact on what I became as an adult than I can ever realize. Also, to think back on my father (now long gone) as a person and what it meant that he listened to Jean shepard as much as possible. Wow. Life is so wierd. We lived in Trenton, NJ.
Phil Fischer
Centreville, Virginia
Joined: March 24, 2006
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1624
Comments:
The memory is as fresh as if it were just yesterday. Sneaking my little 9 volt transistor radio with the annoying earplug into bed so I could listen to shepherd when he came on at night. I was glued to every word and I used to hope that this night would have a rendition of "The bear missed the train". My prized possession is my copy of Wanda Hickey autographed by Shep with a flourish and an Excelsior! I miss you Shep. My oldest son has the bug and he can't stop discussing how american Sheps stories are. It's the truth isn't it? Pure Americana and timeless.
Mark Traphagen
Charlottesville, Virginia
Joined: March 08, 2003
Shep fan since: 1972
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 905
Comments:
Hey, you fatheads! Biggest frustration of my adolesence (well, 2nd biggest) was constantly falling asleep before the last 10 minutes of the show on WOR. Had to pray that someone in my little circle of fellow listeners at Memorial High, Cedar Grove, NJ, had heard the ending.
Mark Traphagen
Charlottesville (originally NJ), Virginia
Joined: March 06, 2000
Shep fan since: 1971
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 47
William L. Archibald Jr.
Chesapeake, Virginia
Joined: July 24, 2001
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 650
Fred Fritts
Chesapeake, Virginia
Joined: January 02, 2002
Shep fan since: 1958
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 764
Warren Cooke
Chesapeake, Virginia
Joined: January 27, 2009
Shep fan since: 1960
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 2829
Comments:
Many a night I remember listening to Shep....the Theme just blew me away to hear it again......he was the ultimate story teller, and I enjoyed the reruns just as good as the originals. Oh, to hear those steel mill stories again, and the drive up to the old transmitter tower at high speed through the marsh. Is Jim Clavin the son of a Clavin who was on Wash, DC TV late night on the very early days of TV. When my station went off the air at night in Balamer, I could pick up Channel 7 WTOP[?] and watch and listen to a real jem of a show "Gene was the Clavenest" Warren Cooke
James Sparks Hutcheson
Edinburg, Virginia
Joined: December 12, 2000
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 338
Dan Parker
Fairfax, Virginia
Joined: September 13, 2000
Shep fan since: 1975
Discovered Shep:

Guest No: 227
Sam Koons
Fairfax, Virginia
Joined: August 30, 2003
Shep fan since: 1970
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 809
Comments:
Ocassionally I came upon Shep's radio program late at night, and found something about his voice that kept me close to the speaker. Later when he did some commercials for ice cream (I think it was) the manner in which he described a product that everyone knows so well, and yet, as he described it, I--the listener--experienced ice cream all over again. When I saw A Christmas Story for the first time on TV I could tell from that wonderful voice it was the guy who kept me from going to bed so many years before. Then, when I heard that he had written some books, I went out and bought and read them with delight. Oh, there's one other memory which stays in my mind: I was driving home late one night and happened to heard his distinctive voice and style on WOR, and recall him talking about feeling eyes on the back of his head while waiting for a traffic signal to turn, only to see, in the rearview mirror, a concrete Mexican holding on to a donkey on a rope which sat on the front lawn behind him. He went on to embellish the scene, only to conclude that he imagined someone driving late one night in Mexico, and stopping at a traffic light, then feeling the eyes boring into the back of his head, and then looking at the rearview mirror. There the driver would see a north American in a Hawaiian shirt and Burmuda shorts, standing alongside his Volkswagen. I was laughing so hard I almost ran off the road. Oh, how I miss the man, his perspective, his observations...and his voice!
Bob Smidlap
Fairfax, Virginia
Joined: March 11, 2003
Shep fan since: 1958
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 908
Comments:
I remember in the late 50's early 60's listening to Shep until I fell asleep. I was in suburban Phila and had no trouble getting WOR at nite (was also a Long John Nebel fan). My big brother turned me on to Shep. Love the WWII stories. Listened to him the nite of the Bay of Pigs invasion and for some reason it made the event more real to me than all the early news stories. He was winging it and had no idea the disaster that lurked, but he was able to make it so dramatic and riveting. Never cared for the NJ PBS series but I'll aways remember those night with the radio down so my folks woundn't hear that I was up so late.
George Bandy
Falls Church, Virginia
Joined: August 24, 2006
Shep fan since: 1967
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1716
Comments:
I'm at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference now because of Shep. I loved his stories and he inspired me with the wonder of words. I love telling how I listened to him fade in and out on the radio when I was a kid in Newport News.
Edward Grant
Herndon, Virginia
Joined: December 30, 2003
Shep fan since: 1963
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1181
Comments:
First, it was tough to pick a year. The "Bahn Frei Overture" was one of the first pieces of music I heard repeatedly, so I'm sure I was a "fan" in that sense of the term by age 7. (I still remember one night in the 60s at the Jersey shore when Shep, for some reason, played "Bahn Frei" in the middle of the broadcast. My mother (not listening) happened to ask my father what time it was, and he naturally replied "11 o'clock." When she discovered it was only 10:40 and remonstrated with him, Dad replied: "When has he ever played that song before the end of the show?!" Thus was time measured in the Grant household.) I started listening seriously in the 7th grade -- late 1960s. The Hammond, army, and Route 22 stories were wonderful, but I noted right from the start that Shep's commentary on the contemporary scene was far and above anything else being purveyed in the media. He saw right through the Sixties (see that great chapter in "Ferrari" recounting the "hootenanny" flight to Chicago) and the pious verities that decade spawned, whose continuing influence he predicted. His ability to assess the true importance of specific events and personalities is, to me, what sets him apart and puts him in the league of Twain and Ade. Just listen to his broadcast (currently available on Mass Backwards) from November 25, 1963. His musings on the Kennedy assassination and what it would mean for the future on American politics are so prescient that it's scary. I've wondered recently if it would be possible to transcribe a number of his better shows, and edit them into a series of essays for a book. They did it with Reagan's radio addresses --surely it could be done to preserve what were, in fact, oral essays of the first rank. Some in these postings have mentioned the PBS "Playhouse" renditions of Shep classics (better in most senses than "A Christmas Story"). I contacted WGBH a year or two ago and got a letter suggesting that rebroadcast/DVDs were not possible presently due to issues with the estate (or something like that). Hopefully that will clear up and a future PBS catalog will feature these on DVD. Finally, and sorry for the length, but my Personal Encounter: In what is still the greatest evening of professional entertainment at New Providence (N.J.) High School, a classmate and I arranged for Shep to do one of his classic shows in March 1973. 90 minutes of monologue and stories (including the tire-change immortalized in "ACS" and the one about the second-grade striptease artist, which got the blue-haired ladies all atwitter), followed by 90 minutes more of Q&A. We paid him $1000, and charged $3.00 a head, easily filling 1000 seats. A net of $2000.00 for our sophomore class fund! And could he read people! After a a minute of chatter in the "green room," he started calling me "Big Ed," which unbeknownst to him was my high school nickname. Finding out I ran track, he inscribed "Ferrari" with a custom line-drawing of "Big Ed at Speed." That, and memories of two recent visits to Cleveland Street and Warren G. Harding School in Hessville, and things I will never forget
alan boyance
huddleston, Virginia
Joined: July 10, 2004
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1276
Comments:
i'm back in berkeley heights, n.j listening to the radio under my pillow again.where has the time gone, my family still loks fowrd to "the christmas story" every year.
Richard Hilton
King George, Virginia
Joined: March 18, 2003
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 917
Comments:
Found Shep in 1962 while living in his favorite state of NJ. I continued to listen to Shep on WOR after moving to Maryland right up until the time when the station replaced their very old (1920's) transmitter. Their new one just didn't reach out like the old one had. I just now re-discovered Shep on WBCQ while aimlessly tuning a shortwave, and I then found this site via search. I continue my search for the full text (and author) of the poem about extreme ineptitude that Shep would recite, ending "or pour piss from a cowboy boot/ with full instructions printed on the heel.
Tom Loughlin
Leesburg, Virginia
Joined: December 14, 2005
Shep fan since: 1962
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1558
Comments:
Some of my fondest memories as a child was staying awake at mid-night listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR. At that time we lived just north of Trenton, N.J. (just across the Delaware River from Yardley, PA). As I remember, he came on right after the Barry Farber show (and the 11 o'clock news). Sometime after mid-night, the old man would would yell to my brother and I to turn the radio off and go to sleep--but all we did was turn the volume down and laughed our heads off. I suspect he knew we stayed up and listened to the show.
Michael Matei
Locust Grove, Virginia
Joined: December 24, 2004
Shep fan since: 1966
Discovered Shep:
On the Radio
Guest No: 1398
Comments:
I moved to New York city in 1966 from the Chicago area. I was a pilot for Pan American and when not flying I always tined in to WOR 710 on the dial and listened to Shep with Baited Breath. I loved the stories b, being from the some basic area in Chicagoland area I could really relate to the stories. THEN!!!one evening at 10pm I tuned in and shep was GONE!! GONE!! He was replaced by some BOOB called Bernard something or other doing a call in show. CURSES!! NUTS!! I sure miss his voice & wit. God Bless Him. I know that he is entertaining many souls "UP There" I hope he keeps the light on for me. Thanks Shep.