Hub 59 here
For the past few years I have watched Ralphie and the Christmas Story. So far he hasn't gotten his eye shot out. The author of the Book "In God We Trust - All Others pay Cash" is a man named Jean Shepherd. The movie is based on excerpts of this book. He grew up in the depression in Homan, Indiana. Homan is a steel town, like Pittsburgh, but on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, below Chicago. If your google "Jean Shepherd" you will get more information.
I went on Half.com and bought a copy of his book. What a riot! I indeed laughed out loud. I think to get the most enjoyment out of the stories you probably need to be my age or older. Most of the situations in the book are things I remember.
Anyway, a good read. Also a web site called www.flicklives.com will give you more background on the movie, the house from the movie that has been re-done and also where you can purchase the Leg Lamp.
Hub Kirkpatrick, '59
Tarpon Springs, FL