Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Jean Shepherd Triptych
“Excelsior, you fatheads!”
The late, great Jean Shepherd at the Overseas Press Club, New York, March 2, 1970.

By sheer coincidence, I stumbled upon the three photographs you see here while digging through some Miscellaneous Crap in the basement. I shot them almost 39 years ago to the day, at a press conference in New York City. The event is chronicled here.

This was real old-school photography. The photos were taken using 35mm Tri-X Pan film, and developed by hand using the classical wet chemistry. The only thing I don’t remember is whether I enlarged them (they’re 5x7") at home or in the school darkroom.

Update: I just found an amazing piece of arcana, for which I can thank the Internet - an album of Jean Shepherd reading the poems of Robert W. Service. Really!

Despite his occasional issues with pronunciation - for some reason, he has trouble with the word “sluice” - Shep brings these great poems to life with his own inimitable style. I know of at least one person that will get a huge charge out of this stuff...

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