I was thinking about this guy I know who’s out in Hollywood trying to make a go of it as an actor (he just played the corpse in last week’s “The Closer”) and out of nowhere it popped into my head that I should start a fan club. Popped in there without a tinge of irony, which is surprising. Not that I plan on starting it but it got me thinking about my fan club/fan letter history. Pretty sparse but I:
Joined the Rocky Horror Picture Show fan club. I saw the movie at a theatre in Chicago and it was a quarter (the cost of a stamp at the time) to sign up so I did. I got a membership card and a couple of newsletters.
Wrote a fan letter to Richard O’Brien. I had found some old movie called “Riff Raff” starring Pat O’Brien and I wrote asking if it was the source of the character name. He sent back a postcard saying that it wasn’t but thanking me for alerting him to another irony of coincidence.
Made a valentine for Dorothy Hamill when she won the gold medal in 1976. I got back a letter and an autographed picture.
Wrote a fan letter to Mercedes McCambridge. I had picked up her autobiography at a used book store, noticed it had been published over a decade earlier and assumed she was dead. Then she showed up at the Oscars, alive. I wrote her in care of the Academy but never got a response. Later I found out that AMPAS doesn’t forward mail.