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The Heyday and Dark Nights of Radio Legend Jean Shepherd
The man behind the holiday favorite 'A Christmas Story' went from rebel to curmudgeon in his final days

It's nighttime in the 1960s in any major East Coast American town. The AM station WOR is being listened to by a young person who's supposed to be asleep, a portable radio tucked under the pillow, as the chuckling, conspiratorial voice of a magical monologist begins to speak, after having completed raucously off-key renditions of the barroom evergreens "Margie" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe."

Copyright: 2000 Time Magazine