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JEAN SHEPHERD–Shep tributes again


I’ve previously indicated some tributes to Shep in the media.

Here’s a bit more.


thats my baby

Jason Robards (Murray) and his nephew performing

“Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” one of Shep’s favorite  songs

to sing and play on the air.



MAD network

The tribute in the movie Network to Shep’s “hurling an invective,”

as parodied in Mad Magazine’s 

illustrated article, “Nutwork.”



King of M.G. 1

King of M.G.2

Jack Nicholson playing David Staebler, “a melancholy Philadelphia disk jockey

who tells long, angst ridden stories of his childhood over the radio” lives with his

elderly grandfather. An extended story he tells (shown in the closeup),

about he and his brother as kids,  complicit in their grandfather’s death

by choking on a fish bone, is obviously a fabrication because,

 as an adult, Nicholson lives with his grandfather.

This clear fabrication might well be a comment on

Shepherd’s stories being at least in part fabrications “based in part on his life.”


“Tribute”?–or just Reference?


My recent posts discuss Shep’s relationship with this movie–

I can’t ask the two scriptwriters of the movie because both are dead.

Misty DJ

Clint Eastwood as the late-night DJ




  1. Hi Eugene, This might be a Shep Tribute: In James Garner’s 1963 flick, The Wheeler Dealers, Jim Backus plays Mr. Bullard, a character who is a mirror image of Shep’s “Mr. Bullard”. Or possibly Shep got his Bullard from this movie.

  2. Stu Tarlowe says:

    “Jack Nicholson, playing David Staebler, ‘a melancholy Philadelphia disk jockey

    who tells long, angst-ridden stories of his childhood over the radio’, lives with his

    elderly grandfather.”

    Whence comes this quote? I can’t imagine Nicholson’s character being referred to as a “disk jockey”; he was clearly a radio monologist and, if I recall correctly, he was referred to as such in contemporary commentary about the film (even though Shep was about the only radio monologist anyone had ever heard of at the time).

    • ebbergmann says:

      Don’t remember where on the internet I got the quote. Interesting regarding “disk jockey,” is that when Shep got back on the air starting his Sunday night shows in September, 1956, on two of the first ones, he says, “we have records.” I’d guess that he changed his tune (pun intended) soon after.

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