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June 25, 2008

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Eugene B. Bergmann

Note that the I, LIBERTINE hoax as well as the rest of Shepherd's genius (as exemplified in radio, TV, film, performance, and the written word) is described and discussed in my book, EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! THE ART AND ENIGMA OF JEAN SHEPHERD, the only book about him.

EXCELSIOR!

Jeff Phinney

This story is so relavant to what's going on in this country today. Somewhere between now and then, us and them came back into being.

EasyEW

I would be neglectful of my responsibilities to total strangers if I didn't point out the I, Libertine audiobook that was posted in 2006. Have fun.

Gary

I love this! I heard about the book, but didn't know the history behind the gag. Thank you so much.

Don

He may be dead and buried, but you can't keep a good man down.

Shep Lives!!!

Don

He may be dead and buried, but you can't keep a good man down.

Shep Lives!!!

SillyWilly

You forgot to mention that the actual book was written by legendary SF writer Theodore Sturgeon (More Than Human, Venus Plus X, The Dreaming Jewels, the "Shore Leave" and "Amok Time" episodes of STAR TREK) under a pseudonym.

Hippie Zingo

Hey, wait a minute, how do we know your claim of having written a book: "EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! THE ART AND ENIGMA OF JEAN SHEPHERD" isn't a hoax, too?

Fatherflot

H.L. Mencken (whom Shep often referred to) perpetrated his "Bathtub Hoax" in 1917:

Wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_hoax

Original column entitled "A Neglected Anniversary":
http://members.aol.com/zoticus/bathlib/menck/ambath.htm

Duke Douglas

So when is Ballantine (or anyone who can get permission) going to reissue it at a price we casual readers can afford?
Has anyone here ever read it? (I found the narrator of the audio book annoying. No offense if he's reading...)

Stanley

Excelsior you fatheads!

jay wilson

When about did this start? I have a big collection of Shep radio stuff which is dated, but not titled. I'd love to hear it.

Jim

Never saw the book before reading the Excelsior book, and I've been a book collector since the early 70s. But if I'd lived out East...it may have sold all its copies within a few hundred miles of NYC.

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