The annual 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story” on TBS is just around the corner , so now is a perfect time for some trivia about Ralphie Parker and the gang.

Jean Shepherd was a radio and TV personality who wrote of series of humorous short stories for Playboy in the early 1960s about growing up in Northwest Indiana. Shepherd had the stories published by Doubleday in 1966 in a book titled “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.”

B-movie director Bob Clark heard Shepherd tell the story of “Flick’s tongue” on New York’s WOR radio station in 1968 and became interested in doing a movie based on Shepherd’s stories. The studios had no interest in such a film until 1981, when Clark’s semi-autobiographical movie “Porky’s” became a box-office hit. The studio wanted a sequel to “Porky’s,” which Clark agreed to write and direct if he the studio would agree to let him produce “A Christmas Story.” The rest is history.

The Parkers’ house in the movie still stands today and is a museum for “A Christmas Story.”

Did you know?

  • Ralphie’s last name is Parker
  • The neighborhood bully is Scut Farkas
  • Ralphie’s friends are named Flick and Schwartz.
  • The Parkers to eat Christmas dinner at the Chop Suey Palace & Co.
  • Ralphie and his family live in Hohman, Indiana
  • The movie takes place in the 1940s
  • Ralphie’s younger brother is named Randy
  • Ralphie’s father drives an Oldsmobile (“Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.”)
  • Director Bob Clark says Jack Nicholson was originally considered for the role of The Old Man

Now that you’ve acquired these fun facts about “A Christmas Story,” you’ll want to show off your knowledge.