JEAN SHEPHERD AND AMERICA
Besides his continuing commentaries over the decades
regarding human foibles,
Jean Shepherd’s great theme is the nature of what makes us
Americans. He may voice complaints, but he
undeniably loves the United States of America.
This theme may not always be obvious.
But the subject of America is not often far from his thoughts.
SOME INDICATORS OF SHEPHERD’S AMERICA IN HIS WORKS–
+ THE AMERICA OF GEORGE ADE (Book editor/introduction—1960)
+ JEAN SHEPHERD’S AMERICA—(Two series of television shows–
+ The minor foibles of average Americans that make us individuals.
+His participation/description of the March on Washington, 1963
+His commentaries about America re: JFK assassination. 1963
+Some customs/habits of Americans that make us American:
1. “JEAN SHEPHERD ON ROUTE ONE” (TV 1983)
“Oh, Lord, I love my fellow Americans.”
2. CHRISTMAS (A Christmas Story–film, 1983)
3. SOLDIERS ON THE HOME FRONT=SHEP’S ARMY (2013)
4. Three 90-minute TV dramas from his short stories
regarding American customs:
a. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
(“Phantom of the Open Hearth”–1976)
b. FOURTH OF JULY
(“Great American Fourth of July…”–1982)
c. THANKSGIVING, and escape from a wedding not of his own making
(“Star-crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski”– 1983)
JEAN SHEPHERD: AN AMERICAN COMMENTATOR