Thank you for the picture. I think you are very, very cute. You asked for a reply, so here it is—you didn’t ask me any questions! Next time you write, ask me something. O.K.?
I saw a picture of you and Phyllis in 16 a couple of issues ago, and she had long blonde hair—then I saw your wedding pictures in the April issue, and she had short brown hair. What happened?
Falls Church, Va.
I think you—being a female—could better answer that question than me. What does happen? All I know is you girls go into the beauty parlor one way and come out looking another way. In the case of Phyllis, I happen to like the way she looks now—with her long blonde hair—best. Hope you do too.
After looking at all your groovy childhood pictures in 16 Magazine, I decided that you are either part Oriental or descended from an Eurasian background. What is your lineage?
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Take a deep breath and listen to all this! Between my mom and my late dad, I have inherited eleven different bloods including French, English, German, Armenian, Slavic, Austrian, Italian, Greek, Scottish, Eastern Indian and American Indian—the latter being of the Cheechasaw Tribe. But, when all is said and done, we are all Americans, no matter where we came from—and aren’t you glad?
How have you changed since becoming a Monkee? How come you and Micky never get to play any of the love scenes on TV? Davy always gets the girl.
Basically, I have not changed very much since becoming a Monkee and being what the world calls a “success”. I’m still very much like I was during the formative years when I worked in Greenwich Village. However, lately I’ve become more conscious about the wise handling of money and planning for the future. I also have a greater sense of responsibility than I used to have. I guess those things run concomitant with your level of achievement. As for Davy always getting the girl—well, Micky and I will get together and see what we can do about that on future TV shows (if you promise not to get jealous, that is).
I think your hair is getting too long. What are you planning to do with it?
Los Angeles, Calif.
For a time I was thinking of wearing it in a queue, but while I was in England I got a Vidal Sassoon haircut, which means that my bangs are a little shorter and that there are little points of hair down in front of both of my ears (kinda like sidies, ya know)—and Sassoon wacked off about two inches even all the way around. You’ll see it on the show—and I hope you like it.
What is your opinion of fans who think they’re in love with you? Would you date a fan?
You may not believe this, but guys have intense crushes, just as young girls do, and they are no joke. If a fan tells me she loves me, I consider that love a precious gift. I’m not concerned with whether it fades or grows in the future. I am just honored to receive it with the same open spontaneity with which it is given. Yes, I would date a fan—and I have. By the way, what are you doing next Saturday night?
Dear Micky, Davy, Peter and Mike,
I heard that you were going to play Shea Stadium in New York City on July 6. Is this true or false?
Probably false. Here are our exact plans for summer concerts as of this press deadline: We will do about 30 concerts in towns and cities all over America. None of these concerts will be given in outdoor arenas. When we play New York City, we will probably appear in Madison Square Garden. At this moment, negotiations include the following towns: New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Miami (hope we see you there, Susan), Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Denver. That means we still have 19 other cities to book. The entire itinerary, with dates, towns, arenas and box-office prices, will be printed in a future issue of 16, so don’t you dare miss it—or we might miss seeing you when we are on our concert tour.
MICKY, DAVY, PETER and MIKE
That’s all there’s room for this month. If you want to write to us, either as a group or individually, send your letters to The Monkee-Mailbox, 16 Magazine, 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City 10022. Then be sure to pick up all the future issues of 16 and look for your letter and our answers.
Author: The Monkees
Editor: Gloria Stavers
Publisher: 16 Magazine, Inc.