Jean Shepherd, the Man Who Told A Christmas Story

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Dec. 23 2013 9:27 AM

The Man Who Told A Christmas Story

What I learned from Jean Shepherd.

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 2008, Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen recounted growing up in suburban New Jersey enthralled by Shepherd’s radio show. His piece is reprinted below.

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