An article in the New York Times causes Shep to wax romantically about the island of Montecristo. But it's infested with poisonous snakes. In this program from September 30, 1971; he remembers his own run-ins with snakes while fishing in Michigan.
Shep recently spoke to a group of high school students and asked them what story they wanted to hear. In this program from September 16, 1967; he shares their request with his audience at the Limelight Cafe.
It's time to think about shopping for new back to school clothes, but will your new wardrobe look as good on you as it does on the models in the catalogs? In this program from August 26, 1967; Shep tells a live audience at the Limelight Cafe about his shopping struggles. Also, did his underwear doom his baseball career?
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.