As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shep reads a letter from one of the first soldiers to enter Japan following that country's surrender. In this program from August 12, 1975; he details the awkwardness of coming face to face with a defeated country.
Asking a girl to the prom created some anxious moments for young Shep. In this program from July 1, 1966; he describes the process of being chosen as someone's date to the big dance...and the harrowing circumstances of the event itself.
Jean Shepherd was a licensed pilot who became fascinated with aviation at an early age. In this program from June 17, 1965; he describes some of his early brushes with flying machines. One of them nearly proved fatal.
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.