Biography[ edit ] Family and early life[ edit ] Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard born and Alice born Vonnegut was descended from German immigrants who settled in the United States in the midth century; his patrilineal great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut of WestphaliaGermany, settled in Indianapolis and founded the Vonnegut Hardware Company.
October 19, Getty Images In the days before the Internet, writing a letter to a celebrity and sending it out via snail mail was almost a rite of passage.
Nearly everyone did it.
As a kid, I wrote letters to my favorite athletes requesting autographs, and was always thrilled—and a little shocked—when I received a response back.
But now, celebrities typically connect with their fans via their own websites or on Twitter—so the magical quality of a written letter sent to a fan has largely been forgotten.
Luckily, sites like Letters of Note where many of these came from are perfect for documenting these delightful little brushes with fame. Here are a few approaches stars have taken when writing back. Steve Martin was once known to respond to his fans with a hilarious form letter that mocked the entire idea of the fan-celebrity letter exchange by pretending not to even be a form letter.
He even signed this highly personal response to a fan named Jerry with a postscript that recalls a warm memory they once shared. The list of potential responses includes: Why did you wait until you disliked one story before writing to me?
I am ready to discuss this with your teacher, principal, or school board.
But it also includes this nice thought: You suggested that no answer was expected but I must tell you how much it pleased me.
I wish you calm seas, following winds, and a happy voyage through life. Unfortunately, I got married recently and my wife doesn't allow me to go to proms anymore with cute year old girls.
Sinclair Lewis to you. Back in the 70s, a Cleveland Browns season ticket holder wrote the team to inform them of the fact that fans at the stadium had begun the habit of creating paper airplanes out of game programs and flying them through the crowd at the stadium. His letter included this note of caution: Please be advised that since you are in a position to control or terminate such action on the part of fans, I will hold you responsible for any injury sustained by any person in my party attending one of your sporting events.
In response, someone inside the Browns organization sent back this simple reply: Attached is a letter we received on November 19, As an added bonus, then Browns owner Art Modell is copied on the letter.
If he instead just surprises you at your school fully dressed up as his most famous character, you may skip past excitement and go straight to shock. Write Back to All of Them After his longtime comedic partner Oliver Hardy passed away, the great Stan Laurel devoted much of his remaining years to personally responding to the many fan letters he received.
But a few years ago, he posted this video on YouTube imploring his fans to stop sending him mail. After being criticized for ithe explained that the video was "in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on E-Bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.Canada Post guarantees that if you send your letter by December 10th, Santa will receive it and he will write back.
As the postal strike continues, Canada Post has promised that the letters Santa writes back will make it to the mailboxes of young individuals across the country.
Highlights this week: BRATTON Santa Cruz Indivisible event & open house, Greg Larson loses Democrat support, Dream Inn development battle just beginning, Save Scotts Valley event, Salmon fishing in Santa Cruz. Santa may not be able to get back to everyone that writes him.
He will try very hard to answer every letter he gets.. But you can be SURE he will receive and read your message very carefully. My family received their first letter from Santa this past year, My (at the time) 2 year old was just getting introduced to Santa and what he was all about.
It was so helpful to create this magical character for her with the letter. Send letters to Santa.
He'll write you back! Ever wonder if Santa really gets your letters? When you participate in “Santa In “Shawnee” you’ll get a personal letter back from Santa with his response.
Come by our mailbox anytime and drop off your letters to Santa. Each letter will be responded to directly by Santa and mailed by his.
We'll deliver all of your letters to Santa Claus himself, and if you get your letter to him in time, he's even promised us he'll reply! Christmas is coming.
It's really important you write Santa's address carefully on a stamped envelope. Please be sure that you include your full name and address in your letter.