Some (most?) of you will be familiar with the “pink nightmare” in the background. It’s a scene from the holiday classic “A Christmas Story”. However, you may not know the film was set in the region where I grew up: Northwest Indiana. Hammond, IN to be specific. It was writer/radio personality Jean Shepherd’s hometown. One of the region’s few positive claims to fame.
Interesting side note, if you’re familiar with the film: Flick, the kid who sticks his tongue to the flagpole on a triple dog dare, later owned and operated Flick’s Tavern in Hammond, IN. He passed away in 1997, Jean Shepherd in 1999.