“Shep, we love ya.
Shep, your work is on our minds night and day.
Shep, we build shrines to ya.”
Back in February 2013 I published a description of my Shep Shrine. By special request I’m adding a lot of recent photos, because a lot of photos are worth maybe more than the previous 1423 words.
Reference material, written files, audio files of Shepherd radio shows, interviews of him, discussions of him on the radio; audios and transcriptions of interviews I did for my Excelsior, You Fathead!, interviews of me discussing that book after it came out; videos of his TV shows and his films along with odds and ends. A special Excelsior, You Fatheads! bright orange felt banner. And more material stuffed into my hardware/work area.
Props from my Shep play; seltzer bottles; first editions of his books, reference material; nine syndicated radio CD sets for which I did the program notes; assorted goodies of his I got on ebay.com.
Original artwork–the ink drawing of the antique Bugatti, previously posted in my Bugatti article and to its right, the continuation of the same paper towel sheet, individually framed, of the still life of table objects he did. A water-logged copy of Excelsior, You Fathead! sent to me by a fan at my request.
What a lotta stuff!
Excelsior banner by Jackie Lannin.
Boxes of CDs and cassettes of
Shep shows, interviews of him,
interviews by me for EYF! book, etc.
Same model Zenith radio as that on which
I first listened to Shep,
E B bookends my father made for me,
a couple of my Shep manuscripts,
our son Drew’s baseball jersey.
Sub-annex with research, file boxes, and folders,
interviews and permissions for EYF!,
much else, plus Shel Sileverstein books.
fabricated while passing through
one of my many silly moods.
MAIN GALLERY OF SHEP SHRINE
Two props from my Shep play,
artists books I’ve made, and my
EXCELSIOR SELTZER WATER bottle collection.
Director’s chair and megaphone–
props for the Shep play.
First editions of Shep books, research books,
files and publicity for EYF!, other Shep artifacts,
a waterlogged EYF! copy in its box,
in front of it a playbill for “Look, Charlie,”
some Shep ink drawings including the
long Bugatti drawing on the wall.
Shep’s paper-towel still-life ink drawing
mounted to the right of the Bugatti drawing
from which it was severed.
Poster of Jean Shepherd bestowing
benediction upon all who enter the Shrine.
Leg lamp night light below, no longer functional
–now just a nostalgic memento.
(Table-size leg lamp may be seen
in our front room window all year long.)