Jean Shepherd (1921-1999), master humorist, is possibly most widely known for his creation A Christmas Story
, the popular movie about the child who wants a BB gun for Christmas and nearly shoots his eye out. What else did Shepherd do? He is considered by many to be the Mark Twain and James Thurber of his day. For many thousands of fans, for decades, "Shep" talked on the radio late at night, keeping them up way past their bedtimes. He entertained without a script, improvising like a jazz musician, on any and every subject you can imagine. He invented and remains the master of talk radio.
Eugene B. Bergmann illuminates the significance of innumerable Shepherd words and phrases, such as "Excelsior, you fathead," and reveals Shep's constant confrontations with the America that he loved. Bergmann's documentation on this multitalented genius peeks behind the wall he built for himself - a wall to hide a different and less agreeable persona. Through interviews with his friends, coworkers, and creative associates, such as musician David Amram, cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer, publisher and broadcaster Paul Krassner, Hugh Hefner, and Norman Mailer, this book explains a complex and unique genius of our time.