Andrew Johnson lajandy at
Wed May 8 20:47:45 CDT 2002

Oh wow, I can feed my O'Reilly habit while still being unemployed. 

--- Doug and Julie Miles <djmilesfamily at> wrote:
> We're looking for a few industrious O'Reilly customers to be our
> scouts
> in local bookstores. Tim O'Reilly came up with idea, inspired by
> Sherlock Holmes.  Here's Tim on why we're launching this endeavor,
> and
> how he came up with the name "O'Reilly Irregulars":
> "Sherlock Holmes has always been an idol of mine. His 'Baker Street
> Irregulars' were a collection of street kids, hansom cab drivers, and
> other elements of the London social environment who would help out
> Holmes in tracking down people and facts that were invisible to
> Scotland Yard and the police. It was an early (albeit fictional)
> example of the power of a grassroots network.
> "It's long been a dream of mine to organize a crew of O'Reilly
> Irregulars to help us keep track of how our books are selling. There
> are too many bookstores for our official sales reps to visit them
> all,
> but it isn't beyond a network of customers who are willing to help us
> out."
> What does it take to be an O'Reilly Irregular? If you join the crew,
> you'll visit your local bookstore once a month, armed with a current
> O'Reilly inventory list that we provide. You'll look through the
> shelves and display tables, marking the number of each O'Reilly title
> you see. Once the list is complete, you'll fax it back to us.
> What do you get for your time and diligent counting? We'll send you
> two
> free books of your choice every time you turn in your completed
> inventory list.
> Interested? Send email to irregulars at by May 17, 2002.
> Please include:
> * your name
> * email address
> * shipping address
> We're starting with a limited group of stores, located mostly in
> medium
> to large cities. When we hear from you, we'll look through our list
> of
> stores, and if we need an Irregular in your area, we'll sign you up.


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