During his early days on New York radio, Shep's program received a lot of criticism from listeners. But there was one who encouraged him to hang in there despite the onslaught. In this program from June 3, 1961; he talks about his special relationship with George Kaufman.
After his stories about growing up in Hammond, Shep's most requested tales come from his days in the Army. In this program from August 1966; he tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about his first experience on the rifle range.
Shep learned a lot working at Inland Steel. Not only about the industry, but also about life as a millworker. In this program he tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about some of the cars steelworkers drove. Also in this program from August 1966; he introduces us to one of the lesser known White Sox.
Shep was a voracious reader throughout his life and he credits that to a special field trip in third grade. In this program from April 29, 1976; he remembers his first visit to the Hammond Public Library.
Cabin fever has gotten the best of young Shep and his friends. In this program from April 15, 1970; he describes how the gang built a fantastic model airplane...only to see tragedy strike on its maiden voyage.
It's that moment when it all comes together for us. In this program from April 8, 1976; Shep describes that "A-Ha" Experience. He also explains the Indiana High School basketball tournament to his East Coast audience.
It's National Patent Medicine Week and in this program from April 1, 1967; Shep tells his audience at the Limelight Cafe about the time he and his friends stumbled upon a cabinet full of cure-alls in an abandoned house. There were some side effects.
While flipping through the channels, Shep stumbles upon an old Dracula film. In this program from March 25, 1977; he recalls some of the myths surrounding the character as well as memories of a trip through the Black Forest.
History isn't just something learned by reading books. In this program from March 11, 1975; Shep tells his listeners about learning about the Civil War by talking to a woman who was alive when it was being fought.
Shep has had trouble with rings throughout his life. The Little Orphan Annie decoder ring is most notable, but in this program from March 4, 1966; he tells us about an even more tragic story involving the day he got his high school class ring.
Shep notices there's a difference between certain kinds of establishments in the Midwest as opposed to those on the East Coast. In this program from February 18, 1965; he notes drive-ins are totally difference concepts in the two areas.
PETA members beware! In this program from February 11, 1966; Shep describes the time a co-worker in Cincinnati took him across the river to a cock fight. Also, Shep reads one of his favorite fables from fellow Hoosier (or Boilermaker) George Ade.
The technologically advanced members of the Army Signal Corps come face to face with an old school method of communication. Also in this program from February 4, 1965; Shep takes a ride on a decommissioned Navy Cruiser and learns some secrets of the engine room.
After being confined to base for weeks, the men of Company K are ready for some time in town. In this program from January 28, 1965; Shep tells his listeners the extraordinary lengths he and his fellow soldiers went to in order to obtain a pass.
Shep reads his audience an article from a magazine detailing life in a small South Dakota city. Also in this program from January 21, 1972; he tells the secret to finding the best ghost towns in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Whenever someone comes out with new technology, there is always someone else to come up with a reason to fear it. In this program from January 7, 1971; Shep details some items we currently take for granted that were once cause for alarm.
As another year comes to a close, Shep wonders how mankind first recognized the end of the annual cycle. In this program from December 31, 1975; he recreates the first New Year using his old friends, Og and Charlie
Shep rarely took calls from his listeners; but when he was a guest on other programs it was sometimes unavoidable. In this segment from Long John Nebel's December 24, 1966, program on WNBC; Shep answers a few questions from callers.
Jean Shepherd admired the poetry of Robert Service. The themes of life in the Yukon provided a perfect segue into the holiday season. In this program from December 17, 1965; Shep shares some of Service's poetry with his listeners.
Shep spent much of his time in the Army Signal Corps as a private. But, he did eventually earn a stripe and as he tells us in this program from December 10, 1970; it came with some added responsibility.
Last week, Shep confessed to vandalizing wet cement outside his school when he was younger. He continues his confessions of youthful indiscretions in this week's program. Originally aired December 3, 1971; he describes how what seemed like a good idea at the time got out of hand.
A story about a hippopotamus destroying some freshly laid wet cement in Africa prompted Shep to confess a crime of his youth. In this program from November 26, 1971; we learn where young Jean left his mark.
Shep isn't a big fan of talk shows, especially ones that take phone calls from listeners. In this program from November 12, 1969; he gives us him impression of the various talk shows he hears when traveling.