Locust Valley, N.Y.
Mike Nesmith here. Fear not, we are all clean-shaven once again. We did the beards as a gag. Besides, it was kind of fun not to have to shave every day for a while.
I am dying to have a picture of you in a bathing suit. Do you have one? Will you please print it in this column?
New Orleans, La.
You name it, you got it. One pic of mighty Mick in swim trunks—coming up!
You always play the dumb one on the show. One of my girl friends says that that’s the way you are in real life, but I don’t believe that. You look intelligent to me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s hard for me to toot my own horn, as you know—so I’ll simply say that, I play my Monkee role purely for comedy and that certain characteristics that you see there are truly mine, and that in my private life there is a serious and studious side to me that doesn’t show on The Monkees.
What are you and the other Monkees planning to do in the future?
Clara Ann Jessie
Tupper Lake, N.Y.
Dear Clara Ann,
We are all planning to remain Monkees as long as you want us—which I hope will be for several more years. After that, I will continue in show business, hoping to do Broadway musicals and become a nightclub and TV entertainer (and I will have business companies under my present corporation, which is called David Jones Enterprises). Micky wishes to continue his career as an actor and a singer, and maybe even get his own TV series one day. Peter would like to go into movies and further his career as a comedian singer. He also wishes to continue to be a recording artist—as do all of us. Mike undoubtedly will open his own recording studio one day and discover and record new groups and individual singers.
Help! I went to your show in Wichita (which was fantabulous), but they sold out of programs before I could get one. Please, please please tell me where I can order one now.
Send a check, cash or money order for $1.25 to Ed Justin, Monkee Programs, 711 Fifth Ave., New York City. Be sure to print your name and address clearly and indicate exactly what you want—a Monkee Program. Thanks for caring.
I’d like to know what the word “gig” means. David Pearl uses it in his articles about the Monkees quite often. Exactly what does “gig” mean?
North Hollywood, Calif.
A booking, performance, or work of any kind in show biz that you get bread (that’s money, honey) for is called a gig. Dig?
I know you have denied it before, but I keep hearing rumors that you are engaged or married to Samantha Juste, an English girl who writes a column for a music newspaper in London. Please tell me the truth.
Sammy, as we call her, is a good friend. We’ve dated when she’s been here in America, but we’re not going steady and we have no plans to be married. Hope that makes this clear once and for all.
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.