Wilber Winkle Has A Complaint! [NOOK Book]

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But, for once, he put his foot down. He maintained that shelving the book in Humor was a good idea because, as he put it, most people who browse in the humor section lead miserable lives, and are desperately searching for something to enhance their stress-filled existences. These book buyers and book readers, Mr. Bortz concluded, are the ones who will benefit the most from your wisdom, Wilber. I could have objected to his reasoning and his shelving recommendation. After all, by then I'd complained about ...
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But, for once, he put his foot down. He maintained that shelving the book in Humor was a good idea because, as he put it, most people who browse in the humor section lead miserable lives, and are desperately searching for something to enhance their stress-filled existences. These book buyers and book readers, Mr. Bortz concluded, are the ones who will benefit the most from your wisdom, Wilber. I could have objected to his reasoning and his shelving recommendation. After all, by then I'd complained about everything else related to the book. But, for once in my life, I was at the receiving end of some flattery, and so, against my better judgment, I let the shelving decision slide. Let me explain, though, why I organized Wilber Winkle Has A Complaint the way I did. I put my out-and-out complaints in the first section. As you know by now, I often see the absurdity of our commercial world, and when it looks like its craziness will go uncounted, I'm the first to complain. Please note that whenever I talked boycott in these letters, I could always count on a direct response. The mere suggestion of boycott got under every CSR's skin. But, as you've also seen from my letters, I've not been reluctant to serve up compliments, offer suggestions on how to improve products or product marketing, or seek valuable clarification about consumer goods and companies. I never got much in the way of thanks from the companies I wrote this kind of letter to, and sometimes, believe it or not, I ended up getting certified letters from their lawyers. But so be it. The letters where I tried to be a constructive critic are in the books second section. In the third section, I put the letters where my mischievous, even pranksterish side surfaced. For instance, I never really intended to roll a gigantic bowling ball over my girlfriends mother. But I must admit that just the fantasy of doing so helped me get through some of her nagging barrages. Unfortunately, if you knew nothing more about me than what's in this last batch of letters, you might think I'm interested only in creating havoc in other peoples lives. In fact, these particular letters represent my own special way of peacefully releasing excessive tension and frustration. And though I remain ashamed of having lost control, of having gone a bit too far on these occasions, I'm pleased to say they were isolated, and there was no need, throughout those numerous days of book preparation, to stray from my recommendation to Mr. Bortz that the title of this book be Wilber Winkle Has A Complaint, and not Wilber Winkle Goes Overboard. Putting this book together hasn't been easy for me (or for Mr. Bortz), but it definitely has changed my life for the better. This is no longer a one-man crusade for me. I've gained a greater sense of responsibility to my fellow consumers. So, even if this book sells a million copies, I promise to go right on complaining the Wilber Winkle way. I've finally found my life's calling. Very truly yours, Wilber Winkle
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Editorial Reviews

American Bookseller Magazine
“Wilber is a nebbishy Ralph Nader who confronts the issues that drive us all crazy. The letters are laugh-out-loud funny.”
Larry King
“This book is hilarious! Wilber Winkle is an American treasure.” (LARRY KING IS THE HOST OF CNN'S LARRY KING LIVE)
Phil Hartman
“This is perfect. Who knew? It turns out that reality is the wackiest cartoon of all. Witness this bizarre and wonderful collection of correspondence. This book could put me out of work. If Wilber’s pastime catches on, people won’t need TV. They can entertain themselves through the U.S. mail.” (PHIL HARTMAN IS THE FORMER STAR OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND NEWS RADIO)
Randy Feldman
“Hooray for Wilber Winkle, the Ralph Nader of morons, railing against all the inanities of day-to-day life. Is there a deeper message in the ramblings of this contemporary crusader? I don’t think so. Just sit back and laugh.” (RANDY FELDMAN IS THE SCREENWRITER OF TANGO & CASH)
St. Petersburg Times
“A corporate crusader. [Wilber is] a cross between Dave Barry and Dilbert.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890862992
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 205
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A resident of Maryland for most of his life, Wilber Winkle recently decided a change was in order after reviewing a petition signed by 172 of 179 residents of his apartment community. Their desire to see Wilber head out onto the road and expand his horizons was so strong that they actually packed and loaded all of his belongings for him. Wilber himself put it this way ina recent letter: “Many of the residents were so caught up in the emotion of my exodus that they were unable to gain the composure needed to bid me a proper farewell, and my persistent knocks on their doors went unanswered.” Driving for an entire day and much of the night, Wilber desperately searched for a sign that would tell him where to make his new home. He traveled more than 1,000 miles before finally spotting his beacon in the night. Pulling over to the shoulder of a deserted interstate outside of Tampa, Florida, he stepped down from his truck, turned his nose to the air, and smelled the unmistakable aroma of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Four and a half miles later, a Pepperidge Farm Cookie Factory came into view. “If you’ve ever tasted a Pepperidge Farm product,” says Wilber, “I’m sure you can figure out why I settled here. A Pepperidge Farm cookie is as close to perfection as any product ever made. The factory’s aroma will be a daily and constant reminder of how products can and should be manufactured and marketed.” Wilber’s days in the Tampa area are filled with fairly everyday activities. He eats junk food, goes to the mall, plays golf, rents videos, washes his clothes, and goes to the bank, all while keeping a very sharp eye out for products and services that do not meet his and our expectations. “My mission remains unfinished,” says Wilber. “You can count on hearing much more from me in the months and years ahead.”
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