Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’

While reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen I took a couple of breaks and was surprised to discover his stardom.  This man is big.

He won a National Book Award in 2001.  Marion Ettlinger has photographed him.  He has been on the cover of Time.  He first stood up Oprah, then came back to kissyface with her.  He is such a thought-enriched man he often is unaware he has neither shaved nor combed his hair.

Usually writers are only seen talking, accepting awards, or pausing to pose, but here is a man photographed demonstrating life credentials.  He strides out birding, and confidently so because there is no bulge in his classic khakis to indicate he carries a field guide.

I fear I too have contributed to this star feasting for I have been seen entering Michelle’s late morning carrying the book.  On several days I have left it on my table uncovered.  It attracted two comments.

Even more newsworthy is the gift of Freedom President Obama accepted during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.  Following this the author was seen leaving the White House in a “delighted” mood.  Since then there was the bizarre case of the kidnapping and attempted ransoming of his glasses.

If someone reading Clarion Friends has access to ask a personal question of Michelle Obama, then I would bet my Monday lunch money the President never finished Freedom.  Without clairvoyant vision I can only say I sense a full horizon of nodding heads.  Charles Marlin

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In these difficult times opening your mail to an offer like this, investigated and found sound by Oprah and 20/20, is welcome sunshine.  I am not sure which of the six listed participants the mailer is but there is no questioning his enthusiasm for the project.  His costs each time are $177.67 for letters, mailing list, stamps, envelopes, and the $6 that goes to the previous six names on the list.  His first and second response rates were 9.5% and 11%.  You could anticipate receiving $845,615.

There is work involved in getting the letters, envelopes, stamps, and mailing list together and then out again.  There is the waiting period for responses, and there is the interest of the IRS, FBI, Postal Inspectors, and maybe even the ATF in your activities and stash of small bills.  There is however a much easier way to respond.

If you will $20 to the Clarion County Community Foundation, P O Box 374, Oil City PA 16301, we will handle all the details for you at far less cost than $177.67.  Working with us will cost you $20, 3 cents for one envelope, and 42 cents for a stamp.  Here is what we will do for you.

We will put your $20 in our Unrestricted Grants Endowment Fund.  Be sure to mark your memo line Clarion Friends so there will be no mistake.  We will invest your $20 for long term income and growth.  When we declare an income payout each year we will reinvest your income in the community through the work of a nonprofit we respect.  We will continue to do so in perpetuity.  For $20.45 you will have become a community leader without leaving the comfort of your home.

Idle riches can ruin a family.  You have seen it so often on Oprah and 20/20 that I do not need to press the point.  Protect and elevate your family by letting us handle the situation.  For only $20.45 you can gain the admiration of Oprah and the respect of 20/20.  Don’t delay.  Charles Marlin

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