Proposed Cover Design by Eugene B. Bergmann
Photo Courtesy of Steve Glazer and Bill Ek
2907 Cleveland Street, Hammond, Indiana,
where Jean Shepherd spent most of his years
as a kid. In his stories of being a kid,
he frequently describes the house.
Recent photo, courtesy of Steve Farkas.
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I WAS THIS KID, SEE
JEAN SHEPHERD KID STORIES
Selected and edited by Eugene B. Bergmann
Other books by Eugene B. Bergmann
Shep’s Army—Bummers, Blisters, and Boondoggles (Transcriber &Editor)
Excelsior, You Fathead! The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd
This book is dedicated to the kid-hood of my kids, of my wife, myself,
and all kids everywhere including that of the invented kid, Ralphie.
“I was this kid, see.” — Jean Shepherd introducing countless kid stories.
But we are the sum of all the moments of our lives–all that is
ours is in them: we cannot escape or conceal it. If the writer has
used the clay of life to make his book, he has only used what all
men must, what none can keep from using. Fiction is not fact, but
fiction is fact selected and understood, fiction is fact arranged
and charged with purpose.
–From “To the Reader,”
beginning Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel
“I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it,
what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don’t you know,