It's the Sarsaparilla Generation. Dr. Denton Sleepers and Dick Tracy Kits and Tom Mix and Little Orphan Annie and her Secret Circle, and even though these are artifacts of another culture, this is a gently funny, freewheeling account of radio's Jean Shepherd as he remembers a great deal that went on in the small town of Hohman, Indiana, during the depression. There was the excitement of a Red Ryder BB gun which broke his glasses, and the humiliation of a first blind date, and fishing, and Penny Candy, and the ***** in the eyes of any youngster on the Fourth of July. HOLY SMOKE! The good old days seem really young and fresh and and the small change of experience here is still a valid currency. After all, they're still buying Keds.