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Jean Shepherd remembers JFK

From MPR News Stations | 51:58

A eulogy of President John F. Kennedy by the late broadcaster Jean Shepherd, (1921-1999)

Jean_shepherd_wikipedia_small This is a seldom-heard eulogy of President John F. Kennedy by the late broadcaster Jean Shepherd, (1921-1999) who is best remembered today as the narrator of the classic film A Christmas Story. Long before the film, in the 1960s and 70s, Shepherd had a devoted following as a radio storyteller. His 45-minute nighttime show on WOR in New York could be heard throughout much of the eastern United States.

On November 25, 1963, the day Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Shepherd set aside his trademark humor and delivered a poignant eulogy of the president. It’s punctuated with Shepherd’s mordant commentary on contemporary American life and remains fresh and relevant today.

The program is meant to air around the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22 and his funeral on November 25. A detailed introduction puts Shepherd’s work into context and includes interview excerpts from biographer Eugene Bergmann. It’s newscast compatible and includes two 60 second station breaks.

Produced by Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio. 

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