(Note that there are now 2 forewords to this book,
the one by me as indicated above and, on the newer,revised cover,
showing a shorter foreword by actor Will Wheaton.)
The new A CHRISTMAS STORY book has arrived. The entire title is A CHRISTMAS STORY: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A HOLIDAY CLASSIC. Below is the basic description of the book:
<The definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. From Jean Shepherd’s original radio broadcasts to Bob Clark’s 1983 sleeper hit film and beyond, A Christmas Story has become a beloved Yuletide tradition over the last three decades. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle didn’t end with the movie’s release; the tale inspired massive VHS sales, a Broadway production, and a mountain of merchandise. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can lean all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.>
My extensive foreword focuses on Jean Shepherd (Surprise!). I’ll post more on the book closer to Christmas along with more on the holiday season.