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May 1930 Radio-Craft[Table of Contents]
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Radio-Craft was published from 1929 through 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Radio-Craft.
Whenever I see advertisements for electronics training courses, I think of the line in "Duel in the Snow, or, Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid," where it mentions how during the Great Depression years the magazines were filled with ads "promising successful careers repairing radios." That story, which ultimately became the book and movie A Christmas Story, was contained in Gene Shepherd's book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Jean Shepherd was a radio announcer and story teller who first read "A Christmas Story," on his WOR (New York City) show in 1970.
You can listen to a 1974 broadcast in the YouTube video embedded below. This reading is slightly different than the one given to me by a guy who actually recorded it on tape during the very first reading on Christmas Day 1970, when he was living in NYC.
For more info on Jean and his Amateur Radio history, see "Jean Shepherd on Getting His Class A Amateur Radio License."
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Jean Shepherd reading "A Christmas Story"
Posted August 23, 2016