Archive for The Power of Writing Letters

Even Presidents write fan letters

One of the biggest themes in the book “Seeing Home” is the power of writing letters.

Ed’s Mom wrote letters to famous players in an effort to help lift him from his depression after he was struck blind.

Ed did the same when he was trying to make connections to start his career.

In both cases, it worked. For the cost of a stamp, their worlds changed.

Letter writing has become a lost art. Fan letters, especially, have become rare. Most people today communicate with their favorite celebrities by posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

That’s why it was so nice to read a recent story about a fan letter that one of Saturday Night Live’s newest cast members got in the mail. It was delivered on Presidential stationery.

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Remembering Father Ted Hesburgh – the guiding light of Notre Dame

imageWe lost a great man today, one who exemplified the spirit of putting others first, Father Theodore (Ted) Hesburgh of The University of Notre Dame.


Note Dame was my grandfather’s favorite college. He faithfully rooted for the Fighting Irish, listening to their games on the radio during the glory years of Knute Rockne and The Gipper that built the little school from Indiana into a powerhouse.

As a result, they’ve always held a special place in my heart, even though I didn’t attend the school myself.

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Stan Laurel – The King of Writing Letters

LastMCann ad month, I sat down with my sons to watch the 1932 Laurel and Hardy classic “The Music Box.” My boys aren’t big fans of black and white films, so I wasn’t sure if the deliberately paced comedy style of eighty plus years ago would appeal to a twelve year old and ten year old in 2015.
Funny is funny, no matter what generation it is. My sons laughed hysterically at the film. When it was over, they asked me to play it again. The two comedians, who had both passed away years before I was born, were making 21st Century children chuckle just as much as they did when Hollywood was in its infancy.

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