Shep's Army

Shep's Army

Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles

By Jean Shepherd; Eugene B. Bergmann (Editor); Keith Olbermann (Foreword by)

Opus Books, Paperback, 9781623160128, 232pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2013

Fearless in his uncombativeness, Shepherd manfully fought his dearth of frontline duty with the weapons he wielded unmatched by even the most decorated dogface: rapid-fire griping and explosive laughter. Shepherd's quirky individuality was portrayed for posterity by Jason Robards in the play and film, "A Thousand Clowns," written by Shep's close pal, Herb Gardner.

About the Author
For many years a cult radio and cabaret personality in New York City, JEAN SHEPHERD was the creator of the popular film "A Christmas Story," which is based on his novels "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" and "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories," and which has become a holiday tradition on the Turner Network. Jean Shepherd passed away in 1999.

Bergmann is the author of several published poems and a dozen articles in a professional journal. He also designs and makes artists' books. For over 30 years he has designed exhibits at New York's American Museum of Natural History.

Keith Olbermann was rescued from a sinking barge, and raised by wild ocelots in the Brazilian rain forest. Years later, he was found by a touring band of would-be soccer play-by-play announcers and brought back to civilization (well, Bristol).

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013

Humorist and late-night radio voice Jean Shepherd spent time in the U.S. Army during World War II. He never made it overseas, but the stories he mined from that experience have now been collected in a new volume, Shep's Army. More at

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