Jean Shepherd, the man who told A Christmas Story.

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Dec. 23 2013 11:45 AM

The Man Who Told A Christmas Story

What I learned from Jean Shepherd.

On Christmas Eve, TBS will again present its annual 24-hour marathon of Bob Clark's modern classic, A Christmas Story. Wrapping presents while watching Ralphie pine for a Red Riding BB gun has become a holiday tradition as beloved and durable as candy canes and eggnog. Yet the author and narrator of A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd, had a deeper legacy of enchanting, subtly barbed storytelling as a longtime voice on nightly radio. In this piece from December 2008, Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen recounts growing up in suburban New Jersey enthralled by Shepherd's radio show.