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I collected autographs when I was a teenager. I'd look up addresses in the Who's Who book at my public library, or (in the case of an author) write c/o the publisher. Today's Blatherpic is a letter I received from Stephen King, complete with "white-out" corrections made with typewriter correction paper (difficult to see this in the scan). He had published five books by then. I'm amazed that he made the time to write a personal letter.

Years later, I wrote to him again, c/o his publisher. I enclosed a photocopy of the letter, said that I had been a longtime fan, asked if I could interview him for Inklings. Not surprisingly, I received no answer. :-)

I'm going to start posting the occasional autograph in my Blatherings, except for the embarrassing ones (like Rex Smith, for example).

Hey, check out Jeff's and my personal homepage. Jeff's revamped it. We'll be adding more content (especially to the main page) over time.

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ask me to sing a song I detest. At least, because my instrument is left-handed, people only very rarely ask if-Lukcom replicas

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