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Damaged Right Out Of The Box [Kindle Edition]

Alan Felyk , Mark E. Stevens
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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: 526 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Portrait Of A Generation December 2, 2012
By Buck
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. But, anyone of any age, could enjoy the humor, stories, and relationships described in the book. We can all remember the classroom antics, the "awkward teenage blues", and the amazing memories of growing up. The author has a gift of telling a story, and making you feel that you were right there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is an amazing "life journey", that most of us can relate to. Enjoy!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a hoot July 8, 2012
By Jack
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. I knew Alan in college and can verify these stories are actually true. He was always the life of the party, and had a way of looking at things and describing events that left everyone laughing, and he does exactly that in this book. I could see this story becoming a great movie.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting May 22, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very entertaining
I recommend this to anyone who wants to laugh and read book that is both well written and entertaining. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, witty, and very engaging stories of one man's life
Felyk's dry, sardonic wit drives his collection of life experiences involving Ukrainian names, the proper way to approach teats, draft lotteries, and failed attempts to finish... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Cat Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun roller coaster ride
Laughter is good for the soul and I don't read nearly enough humor when I take that into account. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of author Alan Felyk's "Damaged... Read more
Published 16 days ago by TrishFLReader
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Some funny notes.
Published 3 months ago by Lucig2
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great
While the reviews made this book sound entertaining and funny, I found that the quality was not what I was led to expect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. McCabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly my normal read
This book had moments of hilarity,sadness, ordinary life, and some boredom. It held my attention enough to finish it.that's good enough for me.
Published 5 months ago by Marie B. Hass
2.0 out of 5 stars nice title!
Interesting vignettes, but all over the temporal board. Could use some editorial reorganization. Some nice writing.
Published 5 months ago by Marg
5.0 out of 5 stars His life on paper
I have always wanted to write down my life., but l believed and still do that it is not interesting enough to write. The author has almost convinced me to give the idea a shot.
Published 5 months ago by Rhonda Freeman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too jumbled....
Published 6 months ago by AUD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love these books where the writer shows us the stories of their lives!
Published 6 months ago by heather burrus
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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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