Here’s how you can write a letter to your fave Monkee—or to all four Monkees—and be sure of getting a personal reply!
FLASH! Attention all 16 regulars! Presenting The Monkee-Mailbox—the only place in the world where you can write a letter to your favorite Monkee and be sure to get a personal answer. Here’s a surprise for some of you lucky 16-ers who have written inquiries about the Monkees or sent personal letters to your fave in care of 16 Magazine:
I hope you don’t mind me asking, but if you are ever lonely at night or when you can’t sleep, what do you do?
This may be quite a surprise to you, but when it’s late at night and I’m lonely and I can’t sleep, I read the Bible. I always have a Bible by my bed (I even take one with me when I travel). Anyway, when I’m lonely at night, I take the Bible and open it at random and start reading. Without fail, after a few verses, my loneliness vanishes. I am usually deeply inspired. The Bible is the greatest book that has ever been printed. It can bring anyone in the world hours of companionship regardless of their age.
Would you please show us a picture of how you looked when you sang with the Missing Links? I understand that you combed your hair back then. I heard you bought a new home. Could you tell me something about it?
Scoop! Here is the only picture in existence of me as a Missing Link. My new house is high in Laurel Canyon. It cost $80,000 and is really beautiful. Look for pictures of it soon in 16 Magazine.
I read in 16 Magazine that you threw your wool hat to the audience when you did a concert in Cleveland. That must have been a mistake, because I saw you in Detroit, and you threw your hat to the audience there. Could you straighten me out?
’Fraid 16 Magazine made a slight mistake. You are right; I did throw my hat into the audience in Detroit.
I heard that all you Monkees wear wigs. Is it true or false?
False! False! False! Our hair is our very own—and none of us is getting bald, either.
I read in an ugh magazine that you had been married to a girl in England and had a 15-month-old child. I also heard on the radio that you’re getting drafted. I’m going crazy. Please straighten me out.
San Francisco, Calif.
At times there seems to be a conspiracy amongst some writers to put us down. We call them “Monkee-haters.” What actually was said in the interview—and, of course, I meant it as a joke—was that Micky and I had been married to each other for 15 months. I don’t know how this writer managed to twist that little joke around and make such a fantastic fib out of it. As far as the draft goes, here are some specifics: Many of us young stars have received what is called a draft notice. Some of us will be called up for an examination eventually (I have not received such a call yet). Even after that call—if it turns out that the star is not draft exempt—it can take from six months to two years for him to get his final call. Thanks for your interest.
I’ve written to the Monkees at least four times and never gotten an answer. Don’t you read your letters? Don’t you care about us?
All of us guys visit the fan mail office at 1334 No. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, Calif., whenever we have a few minutes off from the set each day—as that office is close by our working area. We read letters and autograph as many pictures as we can. Please try to understand that it’s humanly impossible for us to answer every letter we get. We do the very best we can, and I hope you understand. I think writing to Monkee-Mailbox is a good idea, for it’s the one place that you are sure—absolutely positive—of getting a real answer from one of us. Thanks for caring.
I’m frantic. I’ve heard so many rumors about each of you being in automobile accidents, motorbike accidents, etc. Please tell me that you are all A-O.K.
San Diego, Calif.
We don’t know how these rumors get started, but they are really ridiculous! We are all alive and kickin’! No accidents, no injuries—no truth to any of those rumors.
MICKY, DAVY, PETER and MIKE
Will you ever make a movie?
Judy and Donna Nelmes
Dear Judy and Donna,
Yes, but we don’t know when. We have a whole crew of folks out here at Screen Gems working on ideas right now, and we will let you know as soon as we find one we like.
ALL OF US
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.