Heidi… and Fred Who??

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Heidi: proud copy edi­tor of ‘FRED WHO?’

Last fall I had the amaz­ing oppor­tu­nity to inter­view a real live pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for my work with the e-magazine, 10,000 Cou­ples. I was soooooo ner­vous as the time drew near for our con­ver­sa­tion over the inter­net! But Mr. Fred Karger, a lesser-known mod­er­ate Repub­li­can can­di­date for the U.S. pres­i­dency, was absolutely won­der­ful! He was such fun to talk to, easy-going, gen­er­ous with his time, very down-to-earth, and had no “agenda” what­so­ever — which is to say, he did not seem com­pelled to twist any ques­tion I asked so he could say what­ever he wanted to say, even if it had noth­ing to do with the ques­tion. So, you see… not at all like the typ­i­cal can­di­date for pub­lic office.

In prepa­ra­tion for our inter­view, I had pur­chased and read the book Fred wrote with co-author Steve Fif­fer. (BTW, I started out call­ing him “Mr. Karger,” but he insisted I call him “Fred.” I said, “OK, but when you win, I will call you ‘Pres­i­dent Karger’!”) At the time, the book, Fred Who?: Polit­i­cal Insider to Out­sider, was only out in e-format, so I read it on my Kin­dle. Ever the edi­tor, though I loved the book’s con­tent, I couldn’t help but notice a miss­ing word here, an extra word there, a few typos. Noth­ing major, but it’s in my blood to want to help peo­ple make their writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion as close to per­fect as pos­si­ble — espe­cially peo­ple I’ve got­ten to know and like! So, after our inter­view, I asked Fred if I could please have per­mis­sion to do a final copy edit on the book before it went to print for the soft­cover ver­sion, and he (and his co-author) gra­ciously said yes.

The final prod­uct is what I’m hold­ing in my hand in the photo above. It’s been on my book­shelf for half a year now, but Fred and I have stayed in touch, and he recently sent me the match­ing “Fred Who?” t-shirt I’m wear­ing and a “Fred Who?” Fris­bee, which I for­got to include in the shot — oops!), so I thought it would be fun to take a picture!

If you haven’t heard of Fred Karger, and are actu­ally ask­ing your­self, “Fred who???”… go to the Fred Karger for Pres­i­dent web­site, visit the Fred Karger YouTube chan­nel, and check him out! He knows it’ll take a lot to pull me away from Pres­i­dent Obama (we’ve dis­cussed this), but Fred is like no other Repub­li­can you’ve ever heard of, and he deserves a lis­ten. Besides, his book is insight­ful and pep­pered with a delight­fully dry sense of humor. Def­i­nitely worth a read!

 

2 Responses

  1. Fred Karger Says:

    Heidi –really love your post. Thank you for that. More books and trou­ble­mak­ing to come. Fred

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  2. Heidi Mann Says:

    Thanks, Fred! I always look for­ward to see­ing what you have up your sleeve to shake our coun­try up a bit! 🙂

    –Heidi

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