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Book Review: 'Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox'

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"Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox" by comedian and television writer Greg Fitzsimmons
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Comedian, radio host and television writer Greg Fitzsimmons has written a memoir, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox. We've had many chances to enjoy the talents of Fitzsimmons over the past 20 years, whether it was his standup, his writing for "The Man Show," "Lucky Louie," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," his radio show on Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio (on Howard 101) or his bi-weekly podcasts, he's now provided a tremendous amount of insight on how he came to be a comedian and the perseverance, against many odds, to be successful at it.The story of how this book came to be is remarkable in itself. The title of the book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons, refers to the very real origins of the source material for the memoir. Fitzsimmons' mother had literally saved every piece of correspondence between Greg's teachers and school administrators, and virtually every photograph, press clipping and assorted detritus that is associated with one's passing through life and it was this treasure trove that Fitzsimmons mined in the creation of this book. This material combined with additional papers from Fitzsimmons records as well as a bundle of letters discovered in the desk of his deceased father, the well-known New York radio and television host Bob Fitzsimmons, back up and illustrate every anecdote and point that Fitzsimmons makes in his book. We wondered as we read this book, whether or not this could be one of the last books where such examples could be included as we are rapidly moving to a world where virtually all correspondence is taking place electronically and if the value of an email from a teacher is any less than a physical note angrily scribbled or hammered out on a typewritten form, in triplicate.