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Buzz In: Have You Ever Written a Fan Letter?

I am comfortable admitting that there was a point in my life when I was obsessed with the movies Rookie of the Year and Ladybugs. And I adored the stars of those movies, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Jonathan Brandis. Once, I went so far as to write a gushy letter to Thomas Ian Nicholas, professing my all-consuming love. A while later, to my great delight, I received a signed 8x10 glossy photo of him in the mail. I won't even get into how much I also loved Debbie Gibson (complete with a gigantic poster of her face — just her face, presiding over my bedroom) and Janet Jackson. And my friends had all sorts of crushes on your garden-variety teen idols (Pitt, Depp, DiCaprio, etc.).

These were the days before Twitter and fan sites (well, um, before sites of any kind, really) and things like that. I shared my feelings with a few close friends but for the most part, pining after a Hollywood star was a private thing. Thus, writing that letter to Thomas felt like a relief.

A while ago I read this post pondering the question of why girls are mainly the ones to write fan letters, and it's an interesting topic. (Then again, Becki Newton receives mail from men — in prison.) What do you think? Did you write fan letters when you were younger?


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