- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312155115
- ISBN-13: 978-0312155117
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,752,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Ernest and Julio: The Ordinary Guy's Search for the Extraordinary Job Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Screenwriter and former Los Angeles Times reporter Freed, in the voice of "ordinary guy" Fred Grimes, has taken all the best job-hunting advice and misapplied it. The result is this hilarious collection of application letters and rejections. Freed has made up off-the-wall jobs to match his multifaceted but somewhat dubious "talents" and interests, sent out application letters, and shown off the answers from pompous executives and self-important bureaucrats. Even those instances when his letters were not answered have something to say about the person to whom they were addressed. On occasion, though, several good sports have, with a wink and a nod, gone along with the gag. Freed's effort is reminiscent of Michael Moore's Roger and Me, the now classic documentary of his own attempts to meet with General Motors CEO Roger Moore. David Rouse
Fred Grimes--pseudonym for journalist David Freed--is a recently unemployed factory worker looking for a "great job," and preferably one he's entirely unqualified for. So the hapless, big- dreaming bloke offers his services as fashion model to Calvin Klein, errand boy to Barbara Eden, bodyguard to the Clinton's cat, and dozens more oddball positions--with all correspondence, including grave rejection letters, compiled here. An affable effort that deserves the praise bestowed by the director of the U.S. Mint: "Thank you for your entertaining letter." -- Entertainment Weekly, Megan Harlan
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This book is a wonderful little read for anybody who ever wished he/she could get "the dream job" but realized they had absolutely no ability or experience. Fred has no such qualms.
You gotta love him for it!