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JEAN SHEPHERD Honorary awards


For his upcoming birthday

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Jean Shepherd was the recipient of many honors,

including honorary doctorates from universities,

from Playboy magazine for best humor story of the year—several times.

Shep was given the honor of an extraordinary presence

in a New York Times crossword puzzle

(March 15, 1972):

crossword for blog

Yet, he was not satisfied.

He deserved more.

So here, for the first time,

I present other well-deserved awards to

Jean Parker Shepherd.


shep as pres

For creating a body of work

that honors the every-day millions

of us ordinary American folk

who yearn for a tad of recognition.



shep nobel

For superb use of the unique radio medium

better than anybody else

before or since.



(Bobblehead Division)

shep bobblehead

(For being the celebrity extraordinaire–

authentic Jean Shepherd bobbleheads

–sometimes referred to as head-knockers–

to be given to the first 60,000 White Sox fans

who yell “Excelsior!”).



Satisfied at last?

Here, take one of these also:

010_Brass_Figlagee CROPPED

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  1. Steve says:

    So I was just listening to a 1989 interview of E. L. Doctorow on NPR. The recently departed novelist was said to have taken non-fictional characters and placed them in fictional situations, which was said to be audacious and original. But wait, isn’t that what Shep did years earlier in such books as In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash?

    • ebbergmann says:

      Not just any non-fictional characters–the Times obit says Doctorow:”situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms,…” He took major historical persons and mixed them into his fictions. Shepherd wrote fictional stories and simply attached names of (non-historically recognizable) people he knew on his fictional characters.

      • Steve says:

        Yes, I had read that in the NYT, too. However, the NPR interview, with Doctorow himself, was much more expansive, and it was that to which I specifically referred . . . .

  2. Steve says:

    Happy Birthday Shep! Some of the folks who share with Shep today (July 26) as their birthday include Aldous Huxley, Mick Jagger, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Kubrick, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Piven, George Bernard Shaw, Carl Jung and Jason Robards.

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