World's Fair/General Foods
( Topic#: 87 )
|In one of the Limelight shows, Jean talks about the General Foods arches that were found around the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965. I believe they displayed news headlines of the day. Light bulbs would scroll across a black background.
Anyway.... Jean made some sort of joke in which he linked the General Foods arches with Wheaties breakfast cereal. Wheaties was and is made by General Mills, so there wasn't really any connection between the two. He mentioned the wrong company. At the time he made the joke, I wonder if he knew that it was General Mills and not General Foods who made the cereal. Was he hoping the audience was not as well informed about such things and he could get away with the gag because nobody would know the difference? Both are food companies with the name "General." Or did he make a mistake and really believed that General Foods made Wheaties?
Mr. Shepherd seemed much more aware of pop culture than others of the time, so I think he knew who made Wheaties. I'm guessing he was hoping the audience wouldn't know. Do you go for the joke and hope nobody notices? You risk ending up with egg on your face if you don't pull it off in front of the audience.
Any ideas on this?
Great Limelight Pictures
( Topic#: 209 )
|I just want to say thanks to all involved for those great pictures of Shep in action at the Limelight. I noticed that the guys in the crowd were actually wearing ties. It's like seeing old footage of baseball crowds w/the the guys wearing hats 'n ties & no backward caps in sight[:0]. Also, great news about the Declassified Jean Shepherd being out on CD. I have had a prior experience w/CD Baby & they were great in getting the CD out to you.
( Topic#: 211 )
|In the very late 50s until about 1960, Jean Shepherd had a three-hour Sunday evening show over WOR. He would often discuss major league baseball, particularly in the 30s. Once he discussed the powerful but racist commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis. At the time of this program, Walter O'Malley, who had just moved the beloved Dodgers to Los Angeles, was about the most reviled man in New York. As Jean put it, "If Judge Landis were now the commissioner, Walter O'Malley would be back in the used car lot with the old Pontiacs." Is there anyone out there who heard that broadcast? Are there any tapes of those Sunday evening programs? Shep was at his height with those programs. Except for one break, he would go steadily for three hours working up a full head of steam.
Where do I find Limelight shows, exactly, online?
( Topic#: 251 )
|How do I search Shep Archives or other website to find Limelight shows online? And any recommendations on which ones are must-hear shows?
By: Kima Bee
( Topic#: 271 )
|I remember well the "MonOLopy" episode but have been unable to find it by using "Monolopy" as the search term. Anyone know the date?
Show at Drexel?
( Topic#: 655 )
|During the show labeled "East Side NYC" April 1972, Shep says he'll be performing at Drexel U. "this Friday" the 28th. This show isn't listed on the website under Shep's live shows. Does anyone know anything about this show? Anyone?
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