Jean Shepherd was an American writer, actor, humorist and a storyteller, best known for narrating and co-writing the film A Christmas Story. Raised in Indiana into a middle-class family, Jean had an average American upbringing. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled in the United States Army during World War II. In 1945, he began his radio career from Indiana at the WJOB radio station. During initial parts of his career, he was constantly fired from radio presenting jobs, owing to his style of talking more and playing less music. Despite facing a risk of failed career, Jean maintained his style and frequently switched between jobs. In the mid-1950s, he joined New York City’s WOR radio station and began his ascension to fame. His style of engaging the audience through humorous storytelling was considered a milestone in radio broadcasting. He told the stories from his childhood and talked about random things such as human nature and life in America and gained a huge fan following. He also worked in television and films, with his most celebrated film work being A Christmas Story, which was based on his childhood stories, narrated by him and written in his books.