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JEAN SHEPHERD TRAVELER & a special (69) ARTSY on IDEAS

Although I’ve posted on this subject before, I’m interrupting the kid story posts to do a variation on Shep’s important travels, etc.–just 4 of them. I’m making a special point regarding Shep in this short series. Here is how I’m beginning:

JEAN SHEPHERD, TRAVELER

On his radio programs, Jean Shepherd sometimes described his travels–one of the great enthusiasms of his life. Several times on his broadcasts he talked about what it meant for him to travel, once in mock-melodramatic tones, wondering why he did it:

Deep down inside of me is a little violin playing that says, “Yes, why, why me?  Why am I a Flying Dutchman, forever sailing over the seas—the seven seas of this benighted globe?  Always looking, always searching, always hunting and never finding?”

STAY TUNED FOR SHEP TRAVEL

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This advertisement from General Electric has fascinated me since I first

saw its recently born, furry, TV personality.

“Imagination at work.”

I admire the focus on innovative ideas and I see their symbol for it

as akin to my thinking about my ARTSY FARTSY posts.

He’s sort  of like a mascot for me so I named him.

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GEe Whiz!

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“Ideas are scary.

They come into this world ugly and messy.

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Ideas are frightening because they threaten what is known.

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They are the natural-born enemy of the way things are.

Yes, ideas are scary—and messy and fragile.

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But under the proper care—

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They become something beautiful.”

∞    ∞    

[To me he seems sorta ARTSY FARTSY.]

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2 Comments

  1. Bud says:

    Words of praise for you, Gene, that are always and forever deserved: how appreciative we all feel for your tremendously satisfying individual works of ‘word art’ that nourish our minds and tickle our funny bones. In this season of gift-giving, it is appropriate and right to thank you for the gifts that you send our way — and not just during a season, but throughout the year, long. Thank you, kind and talented sir!

    • ebbergmann says:

      Bud, I’m very appreciative of your kind words of praise and encouragement! My entire life and my professional career have mostly been filled with the kind of thinking and creating that I enjoy. And I’m always very pleased to receive such positive feedback! Christmas, ever since I was a kid, has been a special season of joy. Have a great one!

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