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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 09:19 AM
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16. I'm sincerely happy that you received acclaim...
I can only guess that you googled shep and this post showed up and so you posted here. If I'm wrong about that, then a I apologize...

OK, the reason which I did not find your volume particularly interesting is that in his broadcasts, which amount to a huge volume of free-association, you did not thoroughly address many of his underlying issues, including, but not limited to, his estrangement from his own families, including the fact that not only did he not spend any time with his own children, but his obvious disdain for his real parents which is evident in many of his sidebar comments and his thoroughly impatient responses to his mother in her later years. now many of these stories may be untrue as well, but from an analytical point of view, it would have been helpful to explore his true familial relations in order to better understand the fabricated stories which, as a young person, many of us took to be true.

Now I am not saying that he isn't entitled, a la Jack London, to make up stories and tell them. what is so fascinating about shep is that the lines between truth and fiction were so blurred that it would have been quite fascinating to read about his dealings with those who were involved with him and to transmit, through the pages of your book, exactly what kind of person he really was. My family member who was intimately involved in the booking and accomodation of Shep's presentation to my school which I missed, informed me hat Shep was off-putting, somewhat hostile, not friendly to fans who came up to him: my mom was an exception b/c IMO, she was very pretty and about the right age for him at the time, but he was downright abusive to high school students who asked him questions at the Q and A. Apparrently, he was despised by a variety of folk like the studio engineers and others in the business, and even Barry Farber, whom I used to listen to after shep, would once in a while make a comment about his prickliness.

This is what I was looking for in the book - how this man who captivated thousands of folks over generations was actually a quite different personality than his on-air persona, AND in particular in what manner and quite possibly WHY.

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  -I love to quote Jean Shepherd: PCIntern  Jan-06-11 05:53 PM   #0 
  - w00t Shep Addicts Unite!  musette_sf   Jan-06-11 05:56 PM   #1 
  - I have an autographed copy which he made out to me  PCIntern   Jan-06-11 05:59 PM   #2 
  - I was an addict in NC who listened when the sun went down  Warpy   Jan-06-11 06:24 PM   #6 
  - Shepherd lives in Keith Olbermann's work  grasswire   Jan-06-11 06:00 PM   #3 
  - Yes...it's almost plagiaristic...  PCIntern   Jan-06-11 06:02 PM   #5 
  - Shepherd and Olbermann  ebruceb   Jan-09-11 08:43 AM   #26 
  - He will forever be one of my heroes  DainBramaged   Jan-06-11 06:00 PM   #4 
  - Is this the same Jean Shepherd that wrote  TNDemo   Jan-06-11 06:29 PM   #7 
  - Yup -nt  Terry in Austin   Jan-06-11 07:39 PM   #10 
     - 25 years ago I watched a movie by him  TNDemo   Jan-07-11 01:09 PM   #21 
        - here ya go!  Morning Dew   Jan-07-11 01:29 PM   #22 
           - Thank you!  TNDemo   Jan-07-11 01:52 PM   #23 
  - 'Nother Shepherd lover here. He was the best. n/t  Peregrine Took   Jan-06-11 07:24 PM   #8 
  - I listen on 1 ear bud all night,too. Get some strange but interesting dreams.  Peregrine Took   Jan-06-11 07:26 PM   #9 
  - I know what you mean about the dreams...  PCIntern   Jan-07-11 05:32 AM   #12 
  - Keep yer knees loose! -nt  Terry in Austin   Jan-06-11 07:42 PM   #11 
  - Jean Shepherd  ebruceb   Jan-07-11 08:20 AM   #13 
  - Excelsior!! And welcome to DU.  Graybeard   Jan-07-11 08:32 AM   #14 
  - I'm sincerely happy that you received acclaim...  PCIntern   Jan-07-11 09:19 AM   #16 
     - Shepherd psychoanalized?  ebruceb   Jan-07-11 12:48 PM   #20 
  - I loves me some Jean Shepherd!  LibertyLover   Jan-07-11 09:19 AM   #15 
  - You'll shoot yer eye out, Intern!  ashling   Jan-07-11 09:37 AM   #17 
  - A Thousand Clowns?  Graybeard   Jan-07-11 10:31 AM   #18 
  - A Thousand  ebruceb   Jan-07-11 05:00 PM   #24 
  - Iwas 12 years old and listened to him on WOR in NYC...he helped shape my perception of America  RagAss   Jan-07-11 10:58 AM   #19 
  - Jean Shepherd collaborated with the great jazz bassist Charles Mingus on an album entitled...  MilesColtrane   Jan-07-11 06:06 PM   #25 
 

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