Thank you for digging my curls! 16 got literally thousands of letters about nothing but my hair!! The final consensus was that 60% liked it curly, 20% liked it the way it used to be, and 20% said it was up to me. I decided to leave it curly, but to trim it just a bit—just like you see it in this portrait of me on the facing page. Thanks for your interest.
I have written to you all at least 50 times and have never gotten an answer. What can I do to get a reply?
New York City
We all understand how it is to write and not receive an answer, but here are the facts: we get over 60,000 letters a week at the Screen Gems Studio. In order to answer all of these letters we would have to stop being Monkees; that is, stop doing TV shows and making records—and spend all of our time writing letters. After thinking it over, we decided (hopefully) that you much prefer us to be Monkees than letter-writers, so our “answers” to you (except for our letters here in 16 Magazine) are our TV show, our recordings and our live appearances. To those of you who are profound Monkee-lovers, we suggest that you join our groovy fan club. Send $1.50 to Monkee Fan Club, Box 88, Hollywood, Calif. You will get a really fab kit plus many surprises. Do not send your Monkee fan money to any other address but Box 88. Be sure to print your name and address clearly in your letter.
Could you please bring me up to date on the Monkees’ plans for the future?
Just about the time you read this, we will be starting our very first movie on the Columbia Studios’ lot. We will be shooting for eight weeks, finishing about the middle of April. Then we are going off to the Orient on a tour. We will shoot parts of the movie in Japan, and then do a concert tour of that country followed by concerts in the Philippines, New Zealand and, finally, Hawaii. We have not decided whether to do a full concert tour of America this summer, but it is for sure that we will be doing weekend engagements all over the States during July and August. Hope to see you then.
I read a story in a blagh magazine that was supposed to have been written by you. It was about you and Samantha Juste, and in it you said that you are in love with her and are going to marry her. Is this the truth?
You might be interested to know that I did not write that story. I was as amazed as you were when I saw it. I date Sammy quite often, and it is likely that I will date her some more in the future—but I also date other girls. Hope that answers your question.
I just bought the Monkees’ new Pices [sic], Aquarius, Capricorn And Jones Ltd., and it is the grooviest Monkee album yet! On the back cover it says that Micky plays a moog synthesizer. What on earth is that?
Falls Church, Va.
A moog synthesizer is an electronic instrument capable of producing an infinite number of electronic tone colors. It has a five-octave keyboard and 90 tuning knobs. It is about the same size as a piano, and the person who plays it must be a musician and a bit of an electronic engineer—as it has hundreds of controls, filter oscillators, inputs and outputs, etc. Whew!
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.