One day, he is Carl Arrell, a University of Minnesota student from Brooklyn Park. The next, he's Jed Washburn of Abercrombie & Fitch, and he's a screensaver. Arrell, 20, is available to adorn your idle computer screen wearing the peekaboo-briefs getup shown here, courtesy of abercrombie.com. Arrell has been living in New York City since his A&F break, which includes the role of "Jed Washburn" in the preppy clothing company's seasonal catalog (titled "A Very Emerson Christmas"). "I actually didn't know anything about the story," said Arrell, via cell phone. "They just sort of place you in the shot and make it up later." A&F forwards him fan mail, mostly from girls who "write stuff like, `I'd love to meet you sometime,' " he said, not sounding too excited, since most of them are going on 12. But as R. "Dubya" Emerson himself put it: "To . . . win the affection of children . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
Source: Star Tribune, December 1, 2000