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(Gizmodo)   A history of celebrity fan mail, which in pre-Twitter days was a paper-based methodology for sharing thoughts, ideas, and (sometimes overwhelming) emotions with your favorite celebrities, possibly receiving a printed photo in return. Whoa   (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) divider line 19
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2013-05-31 09:55:56 PM  
I assume people like Hollywood stars have a service that screens fan mail and looks for nutters, and works with all the other stars, so they can get an early handle on weirdos before they get to the 'breaking in carrying duct tape and chloroform' stage.


/That's why I never give my real name and address. And I never use my own blood as ink.
 
2013-05-31 11:11:50 PM  
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Whoa - an '84 Zmed! Mint!
 
2013-05-31 11:52:06 PM  
posting.nashvillescene.com

It can take him a while to respond. Be patient.
 
2013-06-01 12:09:06 AM  
I wouldn't have him sent so many letters if John Lennon hadn't written so many songs about me.
 
2013-06-01 12:20:42 AM  
the autograph signed by the secretary was a bonus.
 
2013-06-01 12:27:25 AM  
Twitter?   Ha!
 
2013-06-01 12:32:56 AM  
I bet a week or two in my basement is all I need to convince that celebrity just how much we belong together.
 
2013-06-01 12:45:35 AM  
I remember buying those books that had the addresses to write stars.  My cousins and I did that all the time.  I remember getting pictures from each of the people on 90210 and hanging them up in my locker.  Good times, good times.

Wow, my childhood was kind of pathetic.
 
2013-06-01 12:50:35 AM  

EmmaLou: I remember buying those books that had the addresses to write stars.  My cousins and I did that all the time.  I remember getting pictures from each of the people on 90210 and hanging them up in my locker.  Good times, good times.

Wow, my childhood was kind of pathetic.


I wrote to Mr. Wizard so at least you were trying to connect with people on shows that the cool kids watched. :p
 
2013-06-01 12:56:03 AM  

EmmaLou: I remember buying those books that had the addresses to write stars.  My cousins and I did that all the time.  I remember getting pictures from each of the people on 90210 and hanging them up in my locker.  Good times, good times.

Wow, my childhood was kind of pathetic.


Naw, I did that too. I wrote Lynda Carter and the woman who played the Bionic Woman.
Only the Bionic Woman wrote me back.
I also have couple of cool thank you's from Vanessa Angel during Weird Science days and Jerry Doyle from Babylon 5 sent a letter saying hope I like the photo her picked and if not just throw it on ebay and get as much cash as I can out of it.
 
2013-06-01 03:38:03 AM  
This book is a rather interesting variation on fan mail:
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http://www.amazon.com/Go-Ask-Ogre-Letters-Deathrock/dp/0976082217/re f= la_B002BM41A0_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370071421&sr=1-1

It's fan mail as catharsis for a depressed teenager. She ends up writing letters to Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy, who encourages her to keep writing to help in dealing with her depression. He ends up giving them back to her years later and she recognizes how much the letter-writing helped her deal with a difficult period of her life. IIRC, the book also includes some interesting and amusing anecdotes involving hanging out with Skinny Puppy at some of their shows and even an incident in which she helps them get bailed out of jail.
 
2013-06-01 07:00:48 AM  

EmmaLou: I remember buying those books that had the addresses to write stars.  My cousins and I did that all the time.  I remember getting pictures from each of the people on 90210 and hanging them up in my locker.  Good times, good times.

Wow, my childhood was kind of pathetic.


I wrote to John Stamos. The book I had listed info about him including likes/dislikes. In my letter, I thought I would bring up the fact that I liked chicken (one of his likes as well) in the hopes that he would realize we were soulmates. I didn't get a reponse.
 
2013-06-01 08:39:14 AM  
When I was a child, I wrote a letter to Nolan Ryan and got an autographed picture back. I got his address from the boy scout magazine.

When I was in an adult, I wrote a letter to Tegan and Sara. I got a signed promo card back like 4 months later. I was in Iraq, so I chalk it up to being really, really bored.
 
2013-06-01 08:44:45 AM  

EmmaLou: I remember buying those books that had the addresses to write stars.  My cousins and I did that all the time.  I remember getting pictures from each of the people on 90210 and hanging them up in my locker.  Good times, good times.

Wow, my childhood was kind of pathetic.


No, it wasn't!  I think that's adorable. Listen, it was a great show and tons of kids really enjoyed it, and often identified with its characters.
 
2013-06-01 08:45:42 AM  
I've written a few fan letters over the years. The great thing about writers is that they'll actually read your letters and respond to them (although I've never written to Pynchon).
 
2013-06-01 12:52:55 PM  
FTFA: For instance, back in 1995 the NBC's Nightly News started putting an email address on the screen, encouraging viewers to express their opinion. Nightly News didn't bother responding to a single email, but it provided a sense of connection not unlike the fan letters of the 20th century.

Reminds me of those guys on LOST working underground, collecting and tabulating data, then sticking their findings into the pneumatic tube system that simply spit it out onto a vast pile of thousands of unexamined data thermoses that were spit out before it.
 
2013-06-01 01:49:02 PM  
I don't have the link and don't know if it was mentioned in the article, but feel free to look up the David Bowie's reply to a fan letter from before he made it big.
 
2013-06-01 02:03:18 PM  

Walter Paisley: This book is a rather interesting variation on fan mail:
[i1243.photobucket.com image 455x650]
http://www.amazon.com/Go-Ask-Ogre-Letters-Deathrock/dp/0976082217/re f= la_B002BM41A0_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370071421&sr=1-1

It's fan mail as catharsis for a depressed teenager. She ends up writing letters to Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy, who encourages her to keep writing to help in dealing with her depression. He ends up giving them back to her years later and she recognizes how much the letter-writing helped her deal with a difficult period of her life. IIRC, the book also includes some interesting and amusing anecdotes involving hanging out with Skinny Puppy at some of their shows and even an incident in which she helps them get bailed out of jail.


I used to write my favourite musicians all the time for various reasons. I wonder if I would have done it as frequently as I did if I'd had more friends. Didn't get a response quite like this woman did, but I did get a couple of nice replies from Matthew Good and Nardwuar the Human Serviette.
 
2013-06-01 03:35:56 PM  
I wrote to minor celebs and have some wonderful answers.
 
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