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The Writer’s Almanac for July 26, 2017: My Daughter’s Morning

July 26, 2017: birthday: Jean Shepherd

It’s the birthday of humorist Jean Shepherd (books by this author), born in Chicago, Illinois (1921). He’s remembered for the autobiographical stories he told on the radio about a boy named Ralph Parker growing up in Hohman, Indiana. One of his stories was made into the movie A Christmas Story (1983), which Shepherd narrated. It’s about a boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas, even though every adult in his life says that he’ll shoot his eye out. The stories he told on-air were always improvised, but he later wrote them down and published them in collections like In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1967) and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters (1972).