Wow—I’d sure like to know who started that one. If you think it bothered you, can you imagine how my folks felt when they heard it? The fact of the matter is—all of us Monkees are very much alive and enjoying the best of health. But we are glad that you care enough to ask.
I read somewhere that you Monkees “…bite the hand that feeds you”, meaning that you are very rude to fans, reporters and photographers. This one writer suggested that the Monkees “…brush up on their manners—before it’s too late”. I have seen you on TV and I almost feel as though I know you. It’s hard for me to believe that you would be nasty or disrespectful to anyone. Please tell me the truth.
The most important people in our lives (aside from our parents and loved ones, of course) are our fans. To us, they’re very special and wonderful people to whom we owe a great deal. Occasionally, we are rushed or have to hurry by a fan—but, believe me, when we can we stop, give our autographs and talk. It is true that there are some reporters and photographers who bug us and we do treat them in a cool or indifferent manner. But these are people who have pushed us around, written untrue things about us, deliberately misquoted us, and who have tried to invade our privacy. With the exception of these few, most writers and photographers are very nice and we get on with them quite well.
I read in another magazine that you are married and have a child, and that your wife and child are in England—and that same magazine printed something on the cover the following month about you having a wife and child. I just don’t know what to believe. Please help me!
As I reassured you last month, I definitely have no children, definitely am not married, definitely am not engaged, and definitely do not go steady. Take my word for it, I just plain don’t know why some of these magazines write totally untrue headlines and articles. There is one thing for sure, though: you’ll never find things like that in 16—thank goodness!
I read in one of those junky weekly newspapers that you and Phyllis have broken up. Please say it isn’t so.
Charleston, W. Va.
What’s a nice girl like you doing reading those trashy tabloid newspapers? No joke—you really shouldn’t bother yourself with that sort of written material, because 80% of the things they print are sensationalized untruths. Phyllis and I are not only quite happy, but we just bought a beautiful new home which we are moving into—and where we hope to live happily ever after. Thank you.
My heart is broken. I read in one of those “radio station papers” that you are engaged to an English girl named “Sammy” Juste, and that she went all the way from London to Hollywood to see you! Are you getting married? Say it isn’t so!
Staten Island, N.Y.
I don’t go steady with Samantha (or as she is nicked—Sammy) or Randy Creadick or any other girl. I met Sammy in England, and she was fun to be with. When she came to New York and Los Angeles on modeling assignments, I invited her to the Monkees’ set and had several dates with her. It’s true that one day I hope to get married, settle down and have a large family, but as yet I do not know who the girl will be. Who knows—maybe the girl will be you. Can you wait?
I read in a gossip column in a newspaper that, “…The Monkees are complaining that their talent is being stifled and they are being used. They say that they would be much happier going on from here as solo performers”. Is that true—and does that mean that the Monkees are about to break up?
Stop the presses! ’Tain’t a word of truth to that. Davy, Mike, Micky and myself dig working together and hope to be together for at least another couple of years. Believe me, there are no plans for the Monkees to break up. Eventually, we will branch out and each of us will start a career of his own, but we are in no hurry and we’re gonna stay closeasthis as long as we can.
I am still hearing rumors about you being drafted. I have read in an English newspaper that they were grooming Timmy Rooney to take your part in the show. I will die if you ever leave the Monkees. Help!
New York City
As I explained to you last month, I have appeared before the Draft Board, but I have not received my notice as of this writing. If I do receive the notice, I’ll go down for another examination and—like all young men who are interviewed—there is a possibility that I may be defererred [sic]. As for Timmy Rooney (who is a great guy in my book) taking my place—well, I don’t know anything about it and Screen Gems doesn’t either! Could be that English newspaper ran out of true things to print and decided to “make up” news! Just count on me being around for a long while—and let’s forget all the rumors. Love ya’.
I would like to know the truth. Are The Monkees coming back next September? On your last show before the summer reruns, I heard one of you say, “We’re going off the air.” What’s really happening?
Wish ya’ had hung in there just a little bit longer cos you would have heard the rest of the sentence. The whole sentence was that The Monkees will be off until next September, except for reruns. Hope you saw us do one of our concerts this summer, but if you missed us—have a good time and we’ll see you in September.
I read in the Sunday magazine section of a national newspaper that Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, said, “I don’t see much future for the Monkees. They are synthetic.” What a terrible thing for him to do. Why did he say that?
He didn’t. Brian Epstein not only has been a Monkee booster from the beginning, but he applied for and got rights to present our concerts in England. We will be doing five shows between June 30 and July 2 at the Empire Pool in Wembley—the biggest covered arena in London. We are honored that Mr. Epstein thinks so highly of us and we hope to do well by him and our English fans. I guess the reporter for that English newspaper was just another one of those cats who are in on the plot to try and destroy us Monkees. But please don’t worry—you have us, and we won’t worry as long as we have you.
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 individuals, 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.