Shepherd’s style the week after the assassination was not typical in that, instead of his usual engaging in an informal dialog with listeners, he spoke as though delivering a heartfelt lecture. He suggested that the recent ferment of student unrest, the civil disobedience, demonstrations and riots in the streets, with the America-bashing of those days, probably contributed to the atmosphere that led to Kennedy’s killing. He commented that there was a trend of righteousness in the country, “a super, hyper-thyroid Holden Caulfield.” Shepherd admitted the problems in America, but said that other countries had more problems. He recognized that America was not living up to its ideals.
His somber tone that week was underscored by his comment that he did not play his usual, pompous, musical theme music at the program’s beginnings and endings.
The above is one of the rare times
that Jean Shepherd is known
to have expressed in public, a political notion.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
November 22, 1963
Yes, it has been fifty years.
I still can’t think about it or see documentary footage of it
without my eyes welling up with tears.
I can’t watch those images–I have to turn them off.
Two lesser matters:
This is my 100th post on the blog;
I just received this info– On Friday night, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia have their annual Hall of Fame and Person of the Year banquet. MCs are Larry Kane and Dom Giordano. The person of the year is longtime Philly radio guy Tom Moran. Hall of Fame inductees include weatherlady Kathy Orr of CBS3, NBC10 sports announcer Vai Sikahema, and the street-corner doo-woppers Danny and the Juniors. Poshumous inductees include the very great Jean Shepherd of KYW and WOR announcer Dave Zinkoff. What a radio town!