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A Christmas Story

A radio comedian, a guy late for a date, and a movie about a spunky kid named Ralphie Parker came together to revitalize a Cleveland neighborhood I visited often in my childhood. This is the story behind the fabulously famous flick – A Christmas Story. Decades before A Christmas Story became an annual tradition, my grandmother lived on West 14th Street, a few blocks over from the 11th Street home where portions of the movie would […]

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Things You Did Not Know About “A Christmas Story”

The now popular movie A Christmas Story owes its existence to a short story in Jean Shepherd’s collection, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. Well, that’s part of the story. It also owes its existence to a Shepherd radio program Bob Clark heard while driving to pick up his date in Miami. Jean Shepherd, writer, humorist, satirist, actor, and radio, television and film personality, had a gift for telling stories. He mingled memories from […]

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A Christmas Story

In case you’ve never seen the classic 1983 “A Christmas Story,” it’s about Ralphie Parker who needs to convince his parents, teacher, and Santa he’s old enough to handle a Red Ryder BB gun. Although the story is filmed in a neighborhood walking distance from where my grandmother lived, I never saw “A Christmas Story”until I met my son-in-law. Rudy watches the movie at least once every Christmas season. But then, I was visiting that […]

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