230. “Fred” Magazine

Q: There was a feature (in an issue that parodied niche magazines) about a magazine for people named Fred. (The nomenclature on a T-shirt ad in this piece was “Better Fred Than Dead”). Can you please tell me what issue this was in?

A: Carol does it again: “A book titled ‘The Eighties; A Look Back’ was published in 1979 by a whole lot of artists and writers, mostly associated with the ‘Poon. In the middle of this tome are several short magazine parodies, and one of them is ‘Fred’. The author’s name is Jeremy Wolff.” I knew I’d seen it somewhere, but not in National Lampoon.

5 comments on “230. “Fred” Magazine

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    A book titled “The Eighties; A Look Back” was published in 1979 by a whole lot of artists and writers, mostly associated with the ‘Poon. In the middle of this tome are several short magazine parodies, and one of them is “Fred”. The author’s name is Jeremy Wolff.
    Honk If You Are Fred!

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    Ah, I knew I’d seen it somewhere other than National Lampoon. Thanks, Carol!

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    This puts me in mind of Me Magazine, from the Self-indulgence issue. I laughed uncontrollably when I read the subject of Me Magazine explaining that he liked to put a little mustard in the water when he boiled his frankfurters. It’s the little things.

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    Hello.
    Funny thing is I was looking for this as well. It IS from National Lampoon in the April 1989 issue (A salute to modern mediocrity). It took me a while to find it since I thought it was called Dave, but then I did a search for the word ‘theme’ (since it is mentioned he hums the theme to ‘Rocky’ and later ‘Fred’.
    Now if I can just find that weird comic about the cat fighting zombie animals from the 80s…

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    Echs, there was indeed an article called “Fred” in that issue, but it’s not a magazine parody and not the article the questioner was looking for. Good luck with the zombies.

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