Jean Shepherd, Hatemonger?

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December 29, 1960, Vol. VI, No. 8

Entertainment: Jean Shepherd

Through New Year's Eve, Jean Shepherd will be at One Sheridan Square, making some of the inner Out-Groups feel really In. The scoffers at Norman Vincent Peale, the Tishman Building, Time-Life-Fortune, parakeets, virginal librarians, chicks, guys, etc., have a field day. So do any assorted White Sox fans.

The intriguing thing about the show is that I think Mr. Shepherd hates his audiences. And they love it. Moving like a wound-up mechanical doll and speaking in the professional voice of a radio announcer telling bedtime stories to the kiddies, he tells them that the Out-Groups aren't any better off than the In-Groups, and they eat it up. He tells them that they are all losers, and they go wild. Maybe it is because he uses that I'm-only-kidding-kiddies tone of voice, but they all know he really means it.

Appearing with Shepherd are the folk-singing Tarriers. They swing, sometimes, and in the group is a banjo-man, Eric Weissberger, who may just be the greatest living master of the instrument -- Sandra Schmidt

[Each weekday morning, we post an excerpt from another issue of the Voice, going in order from our oldest archives. Visit our Clip Job archive page to see excerpts back to 1956.]

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