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What I laughed at hysterically in the 1970s has not aged so well now that I AM IN MY 70's! I think author Jean Shepherd is a great writer and a great story teller, but times change. It was a nostalgic read, but this time I only smiled as I read. No more belly laughs that I had anticipated.
Sep 1, 2007
Nostalgia with a bite
Jean Shepherd, the talented radio personality of WOR in NYC kept thousands of listeners up all night listening to his stories of Flick and Ralphie and growing up in the steeltown of Homann Indiana in the 1930's and 40's. His semiautobiographical tales were the basis for the film A Christmas Story, and the additional PBS specials that followed. Wanda Hickey's Night is a fantastic, funny compilation of the emotions of growing up, with the poignancy of realizing that instead of the cool guy you thought you were, you are actually the sad sack, the "Blind Date". This book is a great way to spend a few long evenings, and shows clearly the talent that we lost when Shepherd passed away. He is no relation to, nor has any connection with Jean Kerr, who wrote Please Don't Eat The Daisies, the different author mentioned in the sales description. As Shep was wont to say as he closed his show, "Excelsior!"
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