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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: In the adaptations Randy Parker is always the same age, even though Ralph will go from being a kid to being just out of high school.


Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (1921–1999) was an American humorist who had a long career working in various media.

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Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (1921–1999) (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American humorist who had a long career working in various media.

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* CreatorCouple: Shepherd and his wife Leigh Brown, who acted as producer of his radio show and later co-wrote the screenplay of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' with him.


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* FanNickname: Shep


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* HeAlsoDid: Featured in Walt Disney World's Ride/CarouselOfProgress.

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Shepherd is noted as one of the writers of the film ''Film/AChristmasStory'', which is based on anecdotes primarily from his book "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash." He also provided the voice of the narrator in that film.

He once played a prank in which he asked listeners of his late-night radio program to go to their local bookstore and request a nonexistent book by a nonexistent author: "I, Libertine" by Frederick R. Ewing. The prank was so successful that the book ended up on the New York Times bestseller list (which was then compiled based on feedback from bookstores) despite not actually existing. Publisher Ian Ballantine hired science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon to actually write it.

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* {{Joisey}}: He considered New Jersey an [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]], even though he lived there at several points in his life.
-->''New Jersey–the most American of all states. It has everything from the wilderness to TheMafia. All the great things and all the worst, for example [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Route 22]].''


* AuthorAvatar: While Shepherd presented his radio monologues as personal recollections, for the print versions he invented the character of Ralph Parker as a fictionalized stand-in.

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* AuthorAvatar: While Shepherd presented his radio monologues as personal recollections, for the print and screen versions he invented the character of Ralph Parker as a fictionalized stand-in.


Starting as an [[UsefulNotes/TwoWayRadio amateur radio operator]] in his teens, Shepherd spent thousands of hours on the airwaves, with stints in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and finally New York, where he hosted a nightly show for several decades on WOR, which with its 50,000 watt signal was heard throughout the Eastern US. He was also syndicated to other markets. While he started out as a typical DJ, he gradually devoted time to storytelling, until that became the focus of the show.

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Starting as an [[UsefulNotes/TwoWayRadio amateur radio operator]] in his teens, Shepherd spent thousands of hours on the airwaves, with stints in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and finally New York, where he hosted a nightly show for several decades on WOR, WOR-AM, which with its 50,000 watt 50,000-watt signal was heard throughout the Eastern US.U.S. He was also syndicated to other markets. While he started out as a typical DJ, he gradually devoted time to storytelling, until that became the focus of the show.


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Shepherd specialized in irreverently humorous monologues about growing up in a middle class family in a small town in Indiana during TheGreatDepression, along with accounts of his young adulthood, including his time in the US Army Signal Corps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which mixed sophisticated reflections with broad comedy.

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Shepherd specialized in irreverently humorous monologues about growing up in a middle class family in a small town in Indiana during TheGreatDepression, along with accounts of his young adulthood, including his time in the US U.S. Army Signal Corps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which mixed sophisticated reflections with broad comedy.


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Jean Parker Shepherd, Jr (1921-1999) was an American humorist who had a long career working in various media.

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Jean Parker Shepherd, Jr (1921-1999) Shepherd Jr. (1921–1999) was an American humorist who had a long career working in various media.

!!'''{{Radio}}'''Shepherd specialized in irreverently humorous monologues about growing up in a middle class family in a small town in Indiana during TheGreatDepression, along with accounts of his young adulthood, including his time in the US Army Signal Corps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which mixed sophisticated reflections with broad comedy.

The website [[http://www.flicklives.com Flick Lives]] is an exhaustive collection of info about Shepherd and his extensive, extremely eclectic career.

Not to be confused with CountryMusic singer Jean Shepard (who he called "The girl who sings through her nose" as opposed to his being "The guy who talks through his nose.")

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Starting with regular short story contributions to ''{{Magazine/Playboy}}'', he went on to publish several books.

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Starting with regular short story contributions to ''{{Magazine/Playboy}}'', ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'', he went on to publish several books.



* ''Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters'' (1971)

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* ''Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And and Other Disasters'' (1971)




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Shepherd specialized in irreverently humorous monologues about growing up in a middle class family in a small town in Indiana during TheGreatDepression, along with accounts of his young adulthood, including his time in the US Army Signal Corps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which mixed sophisticated reflections with broad comedy.

The website [[http://www.flicklives.com Flick Lives]] is an exhaustive collection of info about Shepherd and his extensive, extremely eclectic career.

Not to be confused with CountryMusic singer Jean Shepard (who he called "The girl who sings through her nose" as opposed to his being "The guy who talks through his nose.")

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\nShepherd specialized in irreverently humorous monologues about growing up in a middle class family in a small town in Indiana during TheGreatDepression, along with accounts of his young adulthood, including his time in the US Army Signal Corps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which mixed sophisticated reflections with broad comedy.\n\nThe website [[http://www.flicklives.com Flick Lives]] is an exhaustive collection of info about Shepherd and his extensive, extremely eclectic career.\n\nNot to be confused with CountryMusic singer Jean Shepard (who he called "The girl who sings through her nose" as opposed to his being "The guy who talks through his nose.")\n[[/folder]]

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* FramingDevice: In pretty much every case. ''In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash'' has a frame narrative with an adult Ralph Parker visiting his old hometown. ''A Christmas Story'' and ''It Runs In The Family'' are unusual in that they have a disembodied narrator.


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!!"Keep your knees loose, and keep your Tropes sharp!":

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!!"Keep your knees loose, and keep your Tropes sharp!":well-oiled!":


* ''The Phanton of the Open Hearth'' (1976)

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* ''The Phanton Phantom of the Open Hearth'' (1976)


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* LongTitle: Just look at all the titles listed above. Also extended to chapter titles in his books.

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* LemonyNarrator: His standard approach to storytelling.

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