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
November 18, 2022
A Christmas Story House - For Sale
Purchased in 2004 by Brian Jones of Red Ryder Leg Lamps, and opened in 2006 after very detailed rennovation to restore it to it's 'movie days', the A Christmas Story House and all the associated properties are up for sale. Hopefully, under a new ownership, it will continue to be the attraction it has become over the years.