Letters to Leaders
January 5, 2007 12:56 PM Subscribe
How do I go about writing a letter to the leader of another country in hopes of getting a signed letter or photograph back? There is
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A few months ago I tried getting signed photographs of various internet personae, with very little success. Those behind BoingBoing flat out ignored my emails, while John Hodgman was willing to sign one if I could find one and send it to him (which I’ve yet to do. Damn procrastination).
Upon finding an old signed photo of Lyndon B Johnson in my basement, I thought I’d try and write Bush to see if I could get one from him. “Hell,” I thought, “Why stop there?” I decided I would try and write as many foreign dignitaries as I could in attempts to get signed photos (or at the very least, responses) from them.
What is the best way for me to go about this? Email? Snailmail? Preaddressed stamped envelopes (The one from LBJ came in a sizeable envelope with cardboard so I’m not sure I could provide one of those for every state leader I contact)? How do I figure out how much postage would be required to get there, or for one to be sent back (As sad as it is to say, I don’t think I’ve mailed more than ten letters in my life…)? Brown nosing or no? If so, to what degree? Should my letters have a point to them aside from asking for a signed picture or letter? How do I personalize each letter to correspond with each leader? What do I call them? If at first I don’t succeed, how many times do I try again? How do I just come out and say “I want a signed picture of you, could you send one?” anyway, without sounding rather demanding?