I’ve gone ape over tape recorders. I have a little one that I take around with me and its tapes have some of the funniest things you’ve ever heard on them. Recently, at a Monkee photo session, I taped Mike’s favorite saying (to be spoken with a broad Texas accent): “Well, the cows and chickens are lookin’ real good today and maybe we might have some rain if the cows don’t come in.” Next comes Peter’s favorite expression: “All of the people are right some of the time and some of the people are right all of the time.” Here’s Micky’s: “Haber sakero rober rebben, nath flatch, ober ging fang.” (And we all know what that means!) I’ll close with my tape report (to be spoken in a stiff English accent): “This is Rodney Goodtharken of the BBC, bringing you the most prominent and imminent television about four mop-topped, flopped-top, zany boys from America named the—uh, oh, ah, just a minute please—the Donkeys—er, the Monkees.”
Would you please tell me Phyllis’ maiden name, when you were married, and when Christian was born?
Phyllis’ maiden name was Barbour. She was my college sweetheart and we were married on March 16, 1963, in San Antonio, Texas. Our son Christian was born on January 31, 1964. For complete facts on the Monkees (like these and all the others you so often ask) plus inside and up-to-date, true stories about us, I suggest that you read our booklet Here We Are! See Page 39.
I read in another magazine that you have a press agent who smokes a vile cigar; that you live in Beverly Hills in a house like a Mexican fortress with a big swimming pool. I also read that you had a girl writer from a bleep magazine come out and spend a day with you. It was in her story that I read the above. This is in direct contradiction to many of the things I have read in 16. Please tell me the truth.
Our publicist doesn’t smoke cigars. I do not live in Beverly Hills; I live in Hollywood. I do not live in a big stucco house, nor do I have a swimming pool. As a matter of fact, I did not ever see the writer of the above-mentioned article. But thank you for caring to write, and stay tuned to Monkee-Mailbox for the true answers regarding all the crazy rumors and made-up stories that you hear and read about the Monkees.
I know you are tired of us asking, but it seems the columnists keep writing that you guys are breaking up. The latest bit of yuk I read said that the greatest antagonism exists between Peter and Mike. Is this true?
T’ain’t so. Last time I saw Peter and Mike, they were holding hands and walking off into the sunset together. No, no, that was just a joke! The fact of the matter is that all of us Monkees get along well, just like real monkeys. We have petty little squabbles once in a while, but our “mad” never lasts longer than a few seconds. On the whole, we all enjoy a really groovy, deep friendship with each other.
FROM ALL FOUR GUYS TO ROBERTA GARLAND OF PENACOAK, N.H.: Thanks for the knitted mouse you sent us.
FROM DAVY TO BETSY SYMON OF BENSON, VT.: I really love the horse statue you sent to me.
FROM PETER TO KENEPP, JACOBS AND FRANKS OF AKRON, OHIO: Wow! I really dig the gigantic rabbit poster you sent me!
FROM DAVY TO PATSY FLOYD OF PHOENIX, ARIZ.: A million thanks for the groovy chain, and give my best to Mitch and Tree.
FROM PETER TO KAREN KEENER OF DAYTON, OHIO: Merci for the marvelous Monkees script you sent me. Though we cannot use it on the show, it’s a groove to have it.
FROM DAVY TO MARTHA STEEVES OF NEW YORK CITY: Thank you for the “puzzle ring” you sent. me. It’s really fascinating. (Would you please send me instructions in your next letter?)
That’s all there’s room for this month. If you want to write to us, either as a group or as individuals, send your letters to The Monkee-Mailbox, 16 Magazine, P.O. Box 1056, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11202—and your letters will be promptly forwarded to us personally wherever we are. Then be sure to get each and every future issue of 16 Magazine and look in The Monkee-Mailbox for your letter and our answers!
Author: The Monkees
Editor: Gloria Stavers
Publisher: 16 Magazine, Inc.