The Works and Career of Jean Shepherd
by Jim Sadur and Joe Berg
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Special thanks to Pete Delaney and Max Schmid, as well as dozens of other Shep fans who have shared their knowledge.
Forewords and Introductions
NOW HERE'S MY PLAN -- A Book of Futilities by Shel Silverstein, Foreword by Jean Shepherd, 1956, 1960
The Night People's Guide To New York. New York, Bantam Books . 160 p. maps., softbound, (Introduction by Jean Shepherd) cover
The 1929 Johnson Smith & Co. Catalogue, editor, Tony Goldstone, introduction by Jean Shepherd, Chelsea House, 1970 [reprinted in FFN as "The Whole Fun Catalog of 1929"]
Vic 'n' Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer, edited by Mary Frances Rhymer, Foreword by Jean Shepherd, The Seabury Press, 1976
American Snapshots, a book of Americana photographs selected by Ken Graves & Mitchell Payne, introduction by Jean Shepherd. The Scrimshaw Press, 1977
Hairy Jazz, Shel Silverstein and the Red Onion Jazz Band. Liner notes by Jean Shepherd. Released on Elektra. EKL.
Into the Unknown, Abbott 5003 (1956 or 1958?)
The Clown, Charles Mingus, Jean Shepherd narrator, Atlantic 1260 (1957), Atlantic Jazz 7-90142-2 (1984)
Jean Shepherd And Other Foibles, Electra EKS-172 (1959)
Will Failure Spoil Jean Shepherd, Electra EKS-195 (1961)
Jean Shepherd "Live" At The Limelight, Quote Q-4 (1964)
The Declassified Jean Shepherd, Mercury SRM 1615 (1971)
Jean Shepherd Reads Poems Of Robert Service, Folkways FL 9754 (1975)
The American Scene, cassette published by NPR, originally broadcast on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program, (1983)
Shepherd's Pie, 7 cassettes, Dorset Audio (1988)
Slice 1- Red Ryder Nails The Cleveland Street Kid
Slice 2- Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories And Other Disasters
Slice 3- Ludlow Kissell and the Dago Bomb That Struck Back / Little Orphan Annie (or The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member)
Slice 4- Leopold Doppler and the Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot
Slice 5- Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss
Slice 6- County Fair!
Slice 7- Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah
#1 (Oct. 1973)
Car and Driver Magazine
"The Ferrari In The Bedroom " [FTB]
"The Drive-In Confessional" [FTB]
"Harold's Super Service" [FTB]
"Marcel Proust Meets the New Jersey Tailgater, and Survives" [FFN]
c. 1971 - "The Morgan Syndrome"
Field & Stream
May 1967 - "Voyage Of The Sea Serpent" Looney look at a fishing boat filled with tourists.
September 1967 - "The 200 Shot Daisy and the Ultimate 'PLINK'"
July 1966 - "The Great Hero Myth"
"The Night People Vs. Creeping Meatballism"- Vol. 1 No. 32, March-April 1957
"Great Expectations; or the War of the Worlds" [FTB]
"S.P.L.A.T." - Vol 1 No 3, June 1970, "Watch your step, ladies and gents, the dog days are here."
New Jersey Bell Magazine
"The Light At The End Of the Tunnel" - issue number 3, 1980 [FFN]
New Jersey Monthly Magazine
"Jersey, O Jersey" - March 1985 Two pages of Shep's favorite Jersey things.
The New York Times
January 19, 1975 - "What Would DiMaggio Have Gotten?" (Shep speculates about the huge (for 1975) contract the Yankees gave Catfish Hunter)
"The Lost Culture of Deli" [FFN] , October 1979
|June, 1964||"Hairy Gertz and the 47 Crappies" [IGW]|
|September, 1964||"Grover Dill and the Tasmanian Devil" [IGW]|
|December, 1964||"Waldo Grebb and His Electric Baton" [IGW changed to "Wilbur Duckworth. . ."]|
|February, 1965||Beatles Interview|
|April, 1965||"Old Man Pulaski and the Infamous Jawbreaker Blackmail" [IGW]|
|July, 1965||"Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb That Struck Back" [IGW]|
|October, 1965||"Leopold Doppler and the Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot" [IGW] (K)|
|August, 1966||"Miss Bryfogel and the Case of the Warbling Cuckold" [IGW] (K)|
|November, 1966||"Daphne Bigelow and the Spine-Chilling Saga of the Snail-Encrusted Tin-Foil Noose" [WHN]|
|April, 1967||"Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah" [WHN]|
|September, 1967||"The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard" * (K)|
|December, 1967||"The Return Of The Smiling Wimpy Doll" [WHN] * (K)|
|July, 1968||"Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven Of Bliss"|
|December, 1968||"Banjo Butt Meets Julia Child" * (K)
The chipped-beef eaters of Company K are recruited for a short-order cram course in haute cuisine - and precipitate an epicurean insurrection.
|April, 1969||"The Grandstand Passion Play of Delbert and the Bumpus Hounds" [WHN] (K)|
|June, 1969||"Wanda Hickey's Night Of Golden Memories" [WHN]|
|Sept, 1969||"County Fair!" [WHN] (K)|
|January, 1970||"Zinsmeister and the Eighter from Decatur"|
|December, 1970||"The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski and her Friendly Neighborhood Sex Maniac" [WHN]|
|September, 1970||"all hail the sovereign duchy of nieuw
(Caps and spelling are correct.) Not your regular Shepherd article, "a ringing declaration of independence from the united states of america, its uncouth democracy and its bumpkin booboisie".
|May, 1971||"The Unforgettable Exhibition Game of the Giants Versus the Dodgers, Tropical Bush League" * (K)|
|August, 1971||"The Mole People Battle The Forceds of Darkness" [FFN]|
|May, 1973||"Lost At C" [FFN] (Illustrated by Kinuko Craft)|
|August, 1981||"A Fistful of Fig Newtons" [FFN]|
|?||"Duel In The Snow, Or Red Ryder Nails The Cleveland Street Kid" [IGW]|
Shep won the Playboy Satire Award in 1966, 1967 & 1969.
(K) illustration by Gordon Kibbee
* The Lost Works
According to the blurb in the "Playbill" section of the September, 1967 issue of Playboy, "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard" was to be the opening chapter of "T.S., Mac ," a book about Shepherd's Army days. The December, 1967 issue noted that "T.S., Mac" was being finished as they went to press. In the May, 1971 issue, "Playbill" recorded the Army book as being titled "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard." According to the blurb, it was "to be published by Doubleday next year ."
The book of Army stories isn't the only "lost work" that was mentioned in Playboy. Here are some others:
"Shepherd . . . is currently combining acting and writing assignments for a new film, 'The Unholy 13,' . . . and in his very spare time works on a book, 'The Walking Butterfly.'"
"Jean is about to begin work on a film documentary for Louis DeRochemont dealing with teenage social problems. . ."
". . . a nimble-witted and resourceful broadcast reporter who's tilted verbal lances with such formidable subjects as Malcolm X and Harry S. Truman. . ."
"Shepherd has just finished a play, 'The Nature of the Enemy' (subtitled 'A Love Story in Two Rounds') which will be performed at Manhattan's Limelight Club for presentation on nationwide TV."
P.S. Magazine (Mercury Press)
Vol. 1 No. 1, 1966 - "Captain Ahab Is Dead; Long Live Bob Dylan, Or, Are the Beatles Really the Andrew Sisters, In Drag?"
Vol. 1 No. 3, August 1966 - "Triviata Globus"
Early 80's - "Waning Of The Wimps" The decline and fall of wimpy celebrities
'73 Amateur Radio
First issue, Shep was friends with Wayne Green, W2NSD/1, the publisher.
Town and Country
Dec 12-18, 1981 - "Schwartz's History-Making Ears" ('When Schwartz wiggled his ears, that was history.')
The Night People Column
"Quo Vadis?"- 8/29/56
"Jazz it Up, Charlie" - 9/5/56
"The Arena" - 9/19/56
"Progress" - 9/26/56
"The Miracle Ingredient" - 10/3/56
"Fame" - 10/17/56
"A True Story" - 10/24/56
"Voice From Within A Cocoon" 11/14/56
"Functional People" - 11/21/56
"Veni, Vidi, Vidiocy" - 12/5/56
"Merry Christmas from Little Brother" - 12/19/56
"That Sort of Night" - 1/16/57
"Watch it Grow" - 2/13/57
"Beautiful to Behold" - 5/8/57
"Take Once Concert, Shake Well" - 6/19/57
"The Killer" - 7/17/57
"Shoe, Unshoe" - ?
"Dig the Folk" - ?
"How Hi the Good Life of Madison Avenue's Fi?"- 5/9/56
"Uh-Oh, Here Comes That Old Technology Again!" - 6/20/56
"HiFi on the Road II: Onward and Upward For Nothing Heads" - 8/1/56
I. The Village Voice
1. from The Village Square column, by John Wilcock
A. "Jean Shepherd and the Seltzer-Bottle Mambo" 
B. "The Book That Wasn't" 
2. by Alan Bodian: "Jean Shepherd's Rally: The Art of Milling, or Go Fly A Kite" 
3. by Tom Carson: Season's Greetings From Ted, Drew, and That Kid With His Tongue Stuck to the Pole 12/23/98
II. Saga Magazine
January 1957 - an article about I, Libertine
1. by Maralyn Lois Polak: "What's Jean Shepherd Got Against Woody Allen?" 
The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, January 9, 1983
2. "Jean Shepherd: Radio's Noble Savage"
by Edward Grossman, Harper's Magazine, January 1966
3. "Shepherd's Return Dismays Flock"
by David Hinckley, The New York Daily News, January 02, 1999
1. reprinted in "The Village Voice Reader," edited by Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher, Doubleday 2. reprinted in "The Writer AS Celebrity," by Maralyn Lois Polak, (c)Evans & Company, 1986
People (September 7, 1977)
Great photos of Shep & Leigh
Current Biography (1984)
"Endless Streetcar Ride into the Night and the Tinfoil Noose" from (magazine unknown)
Radio Interviews & Appearances
Several of these interviews are available from Max Schmid's Catalog.
JEAN SHEPHERD ON NPR
Interview and specials on NPR
Nov 24 1971 - Interview on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
Jan 18 1976 - Government Has a Story To Tell by way of WGBH, Boston
June 8 1980 - Clear Channel Radio Stations Under Attack
Jan 12 1981 - Profile of Shepherd by WBEZ
Nov 18 1983 - "Christmas Story" Kid Gets Wish at Xmas
Feb 6 1984 - Beatlemania 20 Years Later (clip)
April 9 1984 - "Jean Shepherd's America" returning to PBS
Regular Commentaries on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
Oct 31 1981 - New Jersey's Fabled Route 22
Nov 1 1981 - New Jersey: The Strange & Provocative
Dec 23 1982 - Movies Today are about Movies, Alas
Dec 30 1982 - Casablanca Was Phony Bologna
Jan 4 1983 - Resolutions: Garbage Can Scavenger
Jan 13 1983 - Remembering the Early Days of TV
Jan 20 1983 - Baseball Fan Has Caught 142 Foul Balls
Jan 27 1983 - TV News Might As Well be Reruns
Feb 3 1983 - Rehearsing for Job as Cop
Feb 10 1983 - Bumper Stickers Irritate Shepherd
Feb 17 1983 - Pickle Lovers Need an Organization
Feb 24 1983 - Slob Appeal: Who Knows Who Bach Is?
March 3 1983 - Spring fever & Spring Training
March 9 1983 - TV Weather: A Creation
March 17 1983 - In memoriam: Arthur Godfrey
March 24 1983 - Compulsive Reading
March 31 1983 - Sports Parents are a Pain
April 14 1983 - Football Spectators Wearing masks
April 21 1983 - Gandhi: Film Bored Shepherd
April 28 1983 - Summer's Coming: Don't Blow it This Year
May 5 1983 - Car Names are no Fun Anymore
May 27 1983 - Shepherd's Favorite Old Radio Shows
June 2 1983 - Relief on the Interstate at HoJos
June 9 1983 - Imagined Cookbooks by Famous Writers
June 16 1983 - White Castle Burgers are Special
June 21 1983 - Tops: Few Know How to Use Them Nowadays
July 4 1983 - Blimp Over Shepherd's House on July 4th
July 11 1983 - Concrete Mexican on Hackensack Lawn
Aug 12 1983 - Marathon Fans Compared to Other Fans
Oct 12 1983 - White Sox Failure is at Least Consistent
Feb 16 1984 - Pogo Tribute
Feb 22 1984 - Personal Lie Detectors
March 2 1984 - Lincoln Zephyr (1941 Car) Advertisement
March 15 1984 - Caddy's Remembrances
May 21 1984 - Portable Stereo Blasts Annoy Others
May 28 1984 - Fly Swatters Have Been Improved
Sept 8 1984 - Cubs Popular Because of Giveaway Days
July 25 1984 - Tropical Storm Aftermath: Sanibel Island
Studs Terkel's "Wax Museum Show" (1/27/66) In God We Trust Book Tour
Long John Nebel Show (January 1968) Shep tells the story of the great literary hoax "I, Libertine"
"Teen Book Talk" - WNYC-AM (1971) Jean discusses Wanda Hickey with a panel of teen reviewers. The adult moderator did an unintentionally funny reading of an excerpt from "Ollie Hopnoodle."
Studs Terkel (2/21/72) Wanda Hickey book tour
Earle Doud Show - WOR-NY (March 1972)
Martha Deane Show (11/09/72) Ferrari in the Bedroom book tour
Alex Bennet - WPLJ-NY (12/22/72)
Gene Nelson - KSFO, San Fransisco (c 1972)
Long John Nebel (1/26/73) Ferrari in the Bedroom book tour
"Superman" - WMUK-FM, Kalamazoo MI (12/19/73) Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander and Shep talk about the Superman radio show.
Alex Bennet - WPLJ-NY (9/13/74)
Barry Farber (6/26/75)
Candy Jones Show (with Long John) (2/06/74)
Shep on WNYC 50th Anniversary show (7/08/74)
Barry Farber - WOR-NY (June 1976) Jean trades Shoe Biz stories with Henny Youngman
WCBS Newsradio 88 (New York) (1977-1978) Daily short commentaries by Shep.
Larry King (3/10/82)
"The American Scene" NPR (1/20/83)
Ann Ligouri - WFAN-NY (9/27/96)
Ann Ligouri - WFAN-NY (12/20/97) Phone-in with Shep telling "the Old Man vs. Lou Gehrig" story
Alan Colmes - WEVD-NY (12/15/98) Interview and Phone-in
American Playhouse- Produced for PBS by WGBH, Boston
"The Phantom of the Open Hearth" (1976)
Starring: David Elliot, Barbara Bolton, James Broderick
"The Great American 4th of July and Other Disasters" (1982)
Starring: Matt Dillon, James Broderick, Barbara Bolton
"The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski" (1983)
Starring: Pete Kowanko, James Coe, Katherine Kamhi, Barbara Bolton
"Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss!" (1989)
Starring: James B. Sikking, Dorothy Lymon, Jerry O'Connell.
Shepherd wrote, narrated, and plays Mr Scott - the Boss!
"Rear Bumpers" (1969)
Series of 20 five minute commentaries always shown before WGBH signed off . The prototype for "Jean Shepherd's America"
"Jean Shepherd's America", Series 1 (1971); 13 episodes
- Steel Mill
- Mobile Home (Work Ethic)
- American Food
- Little America, Wyoming (the American West)
- The Turnpike
- The Everglades
"Jean Shepherd's America", Series 2 (1985); 9 episodes
New Jersey Network
"Shepherd's Pie", Series (1978)
"Jean Shepherd On Route One...and other thoroughfares" (1983)
Other TV & Video Appearances
"The Dissenters" (c. 1955) WCAU-TV, Philadelphia
An interview show sometimes hosted by Shep.
"The Tonight Show" (1956)
Guest host Ernie Kovacs and Shep clown it up with stories and a bizarre split screen routine
"I've Got A Secret" (c.1960)
Shep's secret? He's a Kopfspeiler! Shep played "The Shiek of Araby" on his head.
Jean is a guest co-host for a week
"The Merv Griffin Show" (1965)
"The Tonight Show" (1966)
Book tour for "In God We Trust" with Johnny Carson. Guests were Victor Borge and Kaye Ballard. Shepherd came on last and attempted to tell a short version of a story from the book and Victor Borge kept interrupting Shepherd who became noticeably upset. They traded insults (Borge: "You know I wish you'd learn to play the piano," Shepherd: "I wish You'd learn to play the piano!"). Kaye Ballard confused by all of this asked Shepherd if he was trying to raise money for an off-Broadway play. Shepherd talked about his upcoming appearance for days before and of course never mentioning it afterwards.
Thanks to Dom Raffio for remembering all this!
"New York Night" WNBC-TV (1968)
Long John Nebel takes an inspired look at a typical NYC night in 1968. An incredible 14 minute segment has Shep touring the streets of Greenwich Village.
AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THE MUSEUM OF TV AND RADIO
"Helluva Town" WNEW-TV (1969)
Jean joined host GENE RAYBURN for a tour of Times Square
"The Joe Franklin Show" WOR-TV,NY (c. 1969)
Talking about the never-published "TS, Mac"
"America Inc." WGBH & PBS (1970)
Comedy-Drama-Satire where a disillusioned British comedian looks for the meaning of life in 1970 USA. Jean has four segments where he delivers unrelated monolouges about American life and plays the jews harp over the closing credits.
AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THE MUSEUM OF TV AND RADIO
"Sesame Street" (1970's)
Shep is the voice and writer of the 60 second cartoon "COWBOY X".
"Steve Allen" syndicated (c. 1972)
Allen introduced Shep as "Raconteur and Racketeer".
"The Joe Franklin Show" WOR-TV,NY (10/13/72)
"New Year's Eve With Guy Lombardo" (CBS, December 31, 1972)
Jean appeared in live remotes from TIMES SQUARE before and during the ball drop.
WNET-TV Pledge drive (December 1973)
"Delaware & Raritan Canal" NJ Network (1974)
Shep narrates this look at the commercial and recreation history of New Jersey's lengthy waterway.
"Wonderama" WNEW-TV Channel 5, New York (3/31/74)
Shep entertains the kiddies, who don't get it. Humiliating! Tells Little Orphan Annie story, then demonstrates Kopfspeiling, while the kids try to figure out how many times he knocks himself in the head for prizes!
"1974 National Spelling Bee Finals" PBS (June 1974)
Shep did the play-by-play
"The Talkers" WPIX-TV,NY (8/30/74)
"The Tomorrow Show" w/ Tom Snyder (6/06/75)
"Jean Shepherd Live At Clinton" , New Jersey Network (September 1977)
The only video in existence of a complete Jean Shepherd concert. Why oh why is NJN not releasing on tape or running it again on TV?
"1979 PAN AMERICAN GAMES" (CBS SPORTS)
Shep was guest commentator
"Flickers" WGBH (early 1980's)
British comedy series with new introductions by Jean Shepherd.
"The Chicago White Sox, A Visual History" (1987)
"Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait" (1994)
"The History of Thanksgiving" - History Channel/A&E Networks (1997)
Shep talks about Norman Rockwell vs. Reality.
"Christmas Unwrapped" - History Channel/A&E Networks (1997)
"Babe Ruth" - Home Box Office (1998)
"The Light Fantastic" ; Embassy (1963)
Directed by: Robert McCarty
Produced by: Bob Gaffney
Starring: Dolores McDougal, Barry Bartle and Jean Shepherd
Comedy/Drama about love and loneliness surrounding a dance studio. Jean plays a dance school instructor who tries to steal his partner's girlfriend but uses the exact same lines to woo the girl as his partner.
also: "Light Fantastic Original Soundtrack Album" ; Musical Score By Joe Leibman, 20th Century Fox Records FXG 5016 (1963)
"Lenny Bruce Without Tears" ; Fred Baker Productions (1975)
"A Christmas Story" ; Christmas Tree Films / MGM (1983)
"My Summer Story" ; MGM (1994) AKA: "It Runs in the Family"
Voiceovers, Radio & TV Commercials, etc.
Amercian Cancer Society
American Gas Foundation
Carvel Ice Cream
Illinois Tool Works
Sealtest Ice Cream
"Village Sunday" c. 1960 Documentary info & download
"The Face Of FuManchu" 1964 Movie
"A Fine Madness" 1966 Movie
"Carousel of Progress", G.E. Exhibit/Disneyworld, Florida
Goodman Theatre - Chicago (c.1949)
Closed in previews when the financing ran out
"A Banquet For The Moon" (1961)
"Voice of the Turtle" (1961)
"Destry Rides Again"(July/August 1961)
Performed at the Lambertville, NJ Music Circus
"New Faces Of 1962"
Co-writer and performer
Concerts & Personal Appearances
Remember other Shep events? Send them to Jim
Limelight Cafe, Greenwich Village, NY (1962 to 1967)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1963)
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (1966 to 1996) 31 appearances
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (February 3, 1967)
City College of New York (CCNY) (Spring 1967)
Fortune Theatre, New York (1968 or 1969)
Town Hall, NYC (1969, 1970)
Overseas Press Club, NYC (March 2, 1970) student press conference
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (April 10, 1970)
Clifton High School, Clifton, NJ (Fall, 1970)
Valparaiso University, Indiana (1970)
Newtown High School, Pennsylvania (c.1971 to 1973) 2 appearances
New York Public Library - Donnell Branch (April 4, 1972) Jean Shepherd Talks On What Makes A Good Story"
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ (April 7, 1972)
Carnegie Hall, NYC (1971 to 1975)
Fordham Univerisity, Bronx, NY (1973, 1974)
The American Place Theater, Manhattan, NY
"Jean Shepherd Reads George Ade" (December 1974)
"Jean Shepherd Reads Jean Shepherd" (March 1975)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Park, NJ (December 5, 1976)
Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OH (1979 to 1982)
National Association of Broadcasters Convention (April 13, 1981)
Clinton Museum & Historical Society, Clinton, NJ (1981 to 1985)
Symphony Hall, Boston (1985) Four hours without intermission!
Summit H.S., Summit, NJ (1986 to 1988)
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