DALLAS—September 23, 2009. In some surprising post-tradeshow industry news, Temple Fork Outfitters president Rick Pope announced today that novelist Ernest Hemingway recently rose from the dead and asked to join the advisory staff of Temple Fork Outfitters.
“I was shocked,” Pope said. “I mean, the guy died almost 50 years ago, so I was pretty surprised he had a cell phone to begin with. But then he texts me that he wants his own signature series—it’s like a dream come true.”
Hemingway, who was awarded the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, said his comeback is a result of seeing contemporaries like Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser score sweet free-agent deals with TFO. “I see these young guns like Kreh getting paid to put their names on a fly rod, and I figured, ‘Hey, I’m Ernest effin’ Heminway—slap my name on one of those bastards.’ Then back in July, when Loomis got his deal, I was like, ‘Shit, he’s just a kid. Sign me up, dammit.’”