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by Paul Rosa
Look out, public relations; take cover, customer service -- Paul Rosa's letter is in the mail and his inventively imbecilic queries about consumer products have a way of eliciting equally idiotic and even more unlikely answers from some of America's biggest companies.
Published March 1st 1995 by Main Street Books
(first published 1995)
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This book was hysterical. Just before the explosion of e-mail, this guy wrote many ridiculous letters to corporations, demanding answers to questions like "Does Wilford Brimly really eat oatmeal?" He concocted ridiculous scenarios that had me laughing out loud. It was hard to get through some of the letters without bursting into guffaws. It's hard to find anything funnier than this one.
Paul Rosa is hilarious. He writes crazy letters to corporations and then publishes their responses. Of course, this was published before email became commonplace. I wrote the author and he sent me some funny bumperstickers.
Laugh out loud stupidly, brilliantly funny. I used to own this and then, like a fool, I donated it to the library. I'm sorry I did. I still remember the particular exchange between the author and a cat food company. The cat food rep's brilliantly dry wit made it even funnier. Occasionally, corporate America conceals a genuine wag, and it's treat to unearth one, under all the memos and loose paper clips. So, so funny!!