The Monkee-Mailbox

Now you can write a letter to your favorite Monkee—or to all four Monkees—and be sure that you will get 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:

Dear Monkees,

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw those pictures of you with beards in another magazine. Why did you do that? Are you going to keep the beards? Please don’t.

Lily Farren
Locust Valley, N.Y.

Hi Lily,

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.


Micky Dolenz

Dear Micky,

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?

Sally Shaw
New Orleans, La.

Dear Sally,

You name it, you got it. One pic of mighty Mick in swim trunks—coming up!


Dear Peter,

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.

Vera Klause
Raleigh, N.C.

Dear Vera,

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.


Davy Jones, Peter Tork

Dear Davy,

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.


Mike Nesmith

Dear Monkees,

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.

Brenda Benson
Wichita, Ks.

Dear Brenda,

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.


Dear Peter,

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?

Joan Smith
North Hollywood, Calif.

Dear Joan,

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?


Samantha Juste Dolenz

Dear Micky,

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.

Evelyn Dartz
Brockton, Mass.

Dear Evelyn,

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.

Magazine: 16
Editor: Gloria Stavers
Volume: 9
Issue: 4
Publisher: 16 Magazine, Inc.
Pages: 62–63