Jean Shepherd: “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”

From The Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of humorist Jean Shepherd, born in Chicago in 1921. He’s remembered for the autobiographical stories he told on the radio about a boy growing up in Indiana. One of his stories was made into the movie A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated. It’s about a boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas, even though every adult in his life says that he’ll shoot his eye out.

The stories Shepherd told on-air were always improvised, but he later wrote them down and published them in collections like In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1967) and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters (1972).

Shepherd said: “Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man.”

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