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Damaged Right Out Of The Box [Kindle Edition]

Alan Felyk , Mark E. Stevens
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It started at birth when a doctor left an indentation on Alan Felyk's forehead with his forceps. Yes, Damaged Right Out Of The Box . . .

It was the beginning of an ordinary life that was often blended with the improbable. The result is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes wistful personal experiences book that discusses survival despite asbestos, radioactive particles, talcum powder bombs, a butt-crack abscess, quadruple coronary bypass surgery, and women . . . not necessarily in that order of importance.

Jobs such as a groundskeeper, ditch digger, road crew member, waiter, surveyor, houseboy, and taxi driver provided a perfect background for his career in journalism. As a writer/editor, he left Walter Cronkite on hold, covered a vice presidential speech while stoned, and helped get Clive Cussler fired. He has found "love" on the floor of a grade-school coat closet, in the bushes of a college dormitory, and draped over a toilet seat. And somewhere among the distant stars his name could still be aboard an ill-fated spacecraft that may have sailed past Mars.

Don't leave hot coffee on the dashboard for this one-Felyk's book is a rapid stop-and-go ride that spans more than six decades of laughs, misadventures, and bittersweetness.

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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475192118
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XX0LY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damagedawesome! May 13, 2012
By Nita
I just read the book, and have to say this was a very good read! I found myself continuing to read what happened next in this author's growing years! He has an awesome way with humor and continued expectations to reel you back in. I thought he exceeded in capturing himself in many aspects and phases of his younger years. It was funny and very entertaining! His escapades, pranks, and expression left me with the fun and memories of earlier years in my own life. He had a very memorable life to share. I laughed out loud so many times, yet realizing the trials of becoming into yourself, can be emotional and humorous at the same time, in real life. It can be a challenge to captivate interest into your own life experiences, I feel he succeeded in doing just that! Great Job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 0-60 What a life. May 16, 2012
This is one man's journey from childhood through the pitfalls of adolescence and into adulthood. If you were in college in the 70s you will be able to relate and maybe even see yourself in this wonderfully written work. It's in a snapshot format that makes for a very fun easy read, the time just zipped by and I was constantly looking forward for my next chance to pick it up again. I wanted to know how it would all play out. Mr. Felyk's wit is well honed and the chapter titles are very funny and puny. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey In Humor August 14, 2012
By Fannie
A good read for all who experienced life's hard knocks and euphoric moments. He runs through ( and at times crawls) through the memories of his youth with great emotion and detail. The reader feels they are traveling with him on his journey as he approaches the Autumn of his years. There is always a sense of humor that sustains him.
I found myself laughing out loud starting with the witty chapter titles. He lives his life boldly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The author's humor in reminiscing his child hood memories will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye from the heart warming/funny stories of first Love's, lost Loves, and those in between. I found it very enjoyable book, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Great book! May 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book!! It is a great read. It tells the authors personal story of growing up, his school days and college years in the 60s and 70s. It is funny and intelligent. I enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting May 22, 2013
By Leavon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I chose it because I live in the town that he wrote about, and knew some of the places he mentioned. I thought he was a so-so writer, but I was not all that impressed with the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir of Music, Laughs, History, Love & Hope. April 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I warmed to the premise of this book through the title & artwork. Surely, I thought, this would be a good read...

As I settled in with it, I found it was indeed a good read - I laughed through the childhood years & felt real sympathy & empathy for the years of school, juggling work, play & study. As well as the universal politics of "being/feeling different".

What I did not expect was to be so swept up on a magic carpet ride of music, life experiences, amazing (& real) characters, & truly amazing "brushes with all walks of life".

Alan, you made me laugh, cringe, get misty-eyed & more. But you made me glad I grabbed your book & read it. Cannot recommend enough! Thank you :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read December 9, 2012
By SunnyJ
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are the kind of person who cares about people, who finds that strange sense of camaraderie in reading about the angst of someone standing in front of you unveiled, then, oh boy, this is a book for you. Just like our best friends who are not mirrors of us - wouldn't THAT be boring - I am not fond of some of the author's phrase turning. On the other hand, I could not seem to stop the page turning. After looking at a sample, I read every word that Amazon allowed me, and then I bought the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoir as a genre
I'm a sucker for memoir--I readily admit it. The proviso, however, is that it must ring true, that it must further our understanding of "the human condition. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hannibal Hartford Langhorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nostalgia Trip for Baby Boomers
Alan Felyk has written a very humorous and yet deeply emotional book about his years in school and early working career. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TheFixer253
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story for a college age person.
The story was very funny at first for me. It was still interesting for someone wanting to read about college love stories and a life lived on the edge. Read more
Published 13 months ago by carinskarin
3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged Right Out of the Box Free ebook
I think it was free or really cheap so it was worth the price. And now you need six more words.
Published 14 months ago by Elaine Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Portrait Of A Generation
This book is truly the "Portrait Of A Generation". Anyone who grew up in the 50's, 60's or 70's, could easily relate to this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work
I have the outmost appreciation for Alan. amazing work. I was expecting a lot and got exactly that. great work!
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's My Life
I was pleasantly surprised by this anecdotal compilation. In a very real, relatable fashion the author retells tales of childhood friendships, lost loves and unusual work... Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by BookWorm8.0
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a hoot
This is a hilarious book about life in college, being in a fraternity, and work after college. I laughed out loud at the pranks described in the book. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Jack
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More About the Author

Working as a groundskeeper, ditch digger, road crew member, waiter, surveyor, houseboy, and taxi driver provided me a perfect background for a career in journalism as a newspaper writer/editor and a publications manager for a space systems company.

I'm the author of Damaged Right Out Of The Box, a humorous and wistful review of personal experiences, and I'm working on Damaged Beyond All Recognition, a novel inspired by the writings of Kurt Vonnegut. I'm a serious music fan (my iPod contains more than 26,000 songs), and I live in Denver, Colorado.


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