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Anyway, I don't know if this is the right place to put this, but I won a Panasonic transistor radio when I was a Cub Scout for selling the second most lightbulbs. It even came with an earphone which I promptly put to use to peruse the AM radio band after my bedtime. It wasn't long until I found this guy talking a lot about "When you're a kid..." and "When I was a kid..." and telling stories that got my attention at the ripe old age of 7 years old, I guess this would be 1963. I have to admit some of the stuff he talked about I didn't quite get, being perhaps a little young, but there were always those stories about being a kid to keep me tuning in. I dare say his Army stories were an early influence on me to not join any military branch!
After a while Shep became like the Uncle you go to to get the real story after your parents had told you the simple explanation to make you go away. He always seemed to tell the truth about how life really worked, and my school experiences were closer to his stories than anything the Leave It To Beaver or Father Knows Best had on, that's for sure.
I also became a mean kazoo player, and drove my parents up the wall with it. [8D]
I was pretty good with the Jew's Harp too, but that wasn't as effective a parental annoyance device. [:D]
Well, that's it. I just wanted to share a little.