GARY'S WORLD: BB guns, silver trees and leg lamps, oh my
Growing Up Jacksonville:
November 21, 2023
A Christmas Story Once in a Lifetime Reunion
Ralphie and the Gang Come Home
December 16-17, 2023 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana during the annual "A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit"
"A tribute to the 40th Anniversary of "A Christmas Story," a tribute to Hammond, and a tribute to every heart that ever found joy in this timeless tale. The cast, your beloved misfits, are all set to make this reunion an event of legendary proportions. From Peter Billingsley to Scott Schwartz, the gang's all here to relive the magic with you!"
On July 14th 2023, the Shepherd community lost a great member. With the passing of Eugene Bergmann.
Gene was the author of two great books "Excelsior You Fathead - The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd" and "Shep's Army" as well as his blog "Shepquest". He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
July 12, 2012
Shep in 1978
Photo is dated on back Dec 14, 1978 and is from the Clinton Historical Museum Collection. Shep did his second annual Clinton show at the Clinton Historical Musem Village on August 3, 1978, so it may have been taken at that time (?)
May 16, 2023
Pete with Shep at 'Wanda Hicky' booksigning - 1974
'Ranger Pete' - Peter F. Delaney
1956 - 2023
On May 2, 2023, the Jean Shepherd community lost an important member of it's fan and contributor base. Known to his friends in the Shep community as "Ranger Pete", we have been honored over the years to hear many of the Jean Shepherd radio programs that Pete recorded and passed along to Max to play on his various radio programs. He often wrote Shep related articles for Movie Collector's World and even a letter to the editor of the Staten Island Advance in response to a negative Rex Reed review of "A Christmas Story" in 1983. Pete worked for the National Park Service as a guide and in later years did "Jean Shepherd Radio Classics" on Staten Island Community Television. Pete will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Melinda Dillon who played Ralphies mother in "A Christmas Story" passed away on January 9. She was the only main cast member from the movie who was not in the recent sequel "A Christmas Story 2" other than the Darren McGavin who died in 2006. She had been 'retired' from the industry since 2007