is the author of several published poems as well as numerous articles
in Curator, the museum professional journal. For over 34 years as
Senior Exhibit Designer, he designed exhibits at New York's American
Museum of Natural History. He also designs and makes artists' books.
He lives in Massapequa, New York.
His book about Jean Shepherd, the American humorist of radio, writing,
film, and television, EXCELSIOR YOU FATHEAD-THE ART AND ENIGMA OF JEAN
SHEPHERD, is scheduled for fall 2004 publication. Shepherd improvised
on radio for over 21 years, wrote 23 short stories for PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
and their Beatles Interview, published several books, did several
television series and television plays, and created the perennial
holiday favorite movie, "A Christmas Story," in which
the kid longs for a BB-gun present ("Kid, you'll shoot your
Shepherd gathered an intense, cult-like radio following of "Night
People," admired by fellow-extemporaneous creator, Jack Kerouac, chess champ
Bobby Fischer, and tens of thousands of other listeners. Countless
students listened after bedtime with tiny transistor radios--hidden
under their pillows to avoid parental detection.
Shepherd, who died in 1999, is considered the originator and master
of "talk radio," though he had almost no guests or call-ins.
Playing music only incidentally, he improvised in jazz-like riffs,
weaving stories of his childhood, working in steel mills, army life,
and innumerable other subjects. He associated with top creators
of the 1950s and 1960s avant-guard in jazz and other fields, and
counted among his friends and associates, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein,
Herb Gardner, Norman Mailer, and founders of the Village Voice,
for which he wrote an early column. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins,
who believes some of his poems may reveal a Shepherd influence,
says, "I can't imagine growing up without Shepherd." His
influence also continues today in the many media people whom he
Three websites devoted to him archive hundreds of articles by
and about him, photos, audios, and extensive information on all
his activities. The major Shepherd website, which contains a version
of EXCELSIOR YOU FATHEAD's Preface and archived audios of interviews
about the book, is www.flicklives.com.