LOGANVILLE — For the second time in as many weeks there was a large police presence at Wal-Mart Saturday. This time it wasn’t Shop with a Hero though, but rather security for a celebrity.
Actor, author and renowned comedian Jeff Foxworthy spent a couple of hours signing his book, “Redneck Dictionary III: Learning to Talk More Gooder Fastly,” for his games such as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” and T-shirts for the hundreds of local residents who began lining up hours before he was due to arrive.
The book signing was a great sale booster for Wal-Mart in Loganville which almost sold out of the books, games and T-shirts before Foxworthy arrived, according to store officials.
“We had a 27-percent increase in sales of electronics and a 12-percent increase in the toy sales beginning Friday,” said co-manager Dale Norbeck.
According to a Foxworthy spokesperson, sales of his products do very well in Loganville so it was an obvious choice for the book signing. Foxworthy, who was escorted in by a large contingent of Loganville police officers, said he is still amazed by his success with the books, television shows and especially the “Blue Collar” comedy series.
“When I first started out it was just something I enjoyed doing. We never thought (the Blue Collar series) would be this popular but now we have three movies out and have been on the road for three-and-a-half years now,” Foxworthy said.
In February, Foxworthy will be releasing his first children’s book, “Dirt On My Shirt.”
“I wanted to write a book for children that wasn’t read just once and put down,” Foxworthy said. “I think this book is one that will be read over and over again. I hope so. Writing it was a lot of fun — it could just be one of the best times I’ve had.”
Foxworthy said book signings at Wal-Mart are an obvious choice for him since the customers represent a typical slice of American life. He said he tries to move around to different locations each time because it gives him an opportunity to meet different people.
“Last time we went to Dawsonville,” Foxworthy said. “You would be amazed at how many people came up to me with stories about their own lives — something their wife or children said or did. It’s a great way to find new material.”
Don’t be surprised if you find Foxworthy’s art imitating your life in the next Redneck dictionary or “Blue Collar” standup routine. You might be a redneck.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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