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
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.
“Ideas are scary.
They come into this world ugly and messy.
Ideas are frightening because they threaten what is known.
They are the natural-born enemy of the way things are.
Yes, ideas are scary—and messy and fragile.
But under the proper care—
They become something beautiful.”
∞ ∞ ∞
[To me he seems sorta ARTSY FARTSY.]