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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 10:19 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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