Don’t Count Freddy Out

Hard working Freddy. Look at that smile.

Nobody at Amalgamated Conglomerated Marketing Enterprises, Inc. (That’s ACME, but you knew that.) worked harder or smiled wider than Freddy. Why shouldn’t he, since he always lived the words of his daddy, “Work hard, treat everybody fair, and the world will beat a path to your door?”

A happy ACME customer

Wouldn’t you know?  Freddy lost his job and wound up living in a box.

Freddy’s new home

But he never lost his smile or his belief in his daddy’s words. As they say on the Internet, “You won’t believe what happened when Freddy refused to give up.”


My story “Freddy: a Parable for Today” is one of the tales I’ll tell starting at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd. Take time off from your after-Thanksgiving busyness for a storytelling feast.

Me talking about Freddy. No, I won’t wear a tie. Ignore the grumpy girl on the left.

P.S: Copies of my books will be available for sale and signing, including my latest, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. Yes, I take credit cards.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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