Letters To Beloved Authors
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Yesterday we took to Facebook to ask if you had ever written a letter when you were a child to a favorite author. Here are a few of your stories.
Ms. POLLY SMOCK(ph): My name is Polly Smock, and I live in Stanton, Virginia.
Mr. ANDY GERBER(ph): Andy Gerber and I live in Denver, Colorado.
Ms. SOPHIA DEMBLING(ph): Sophia Dembling and I'm a writer in Dallas.
Mr. GERBER: When I was a kid I wasn't allowed to watch much television and I read a lot Isaac Asimov.
Ms. DEMBLING: Nine or ten years old for some reason I got it into my head that Charlie Brown just lost too much.
Ms. SMOCK: We said, well, ask the person who wrote the book.
Ms. DEMBLING: So I wrote to Charles Schultz, suggested maybe that Charlie Brown could win at something at some point.
Ms. SMOCK: I dont know if you're familiar with the story of Stuart Little. And the end of the book riding off into the sunset looking for his beloved Margalo. Well, did he find her? What happened? We just wanted resolution.
Ms. GERBER: And I have the little four inch by six inch piece of paper.
Ms. SMOCK: The yellowed copy of the letter from E.B. White on New Yorker stationary.
Mr. GERBER: Typed with his signature where he answered my question.
Ms. SMOCK: ...answering the questions that we had.
Ms. DEMBLING: We'd had a picture of Charlie Brown on the stationary...
Ms. SMOCK: ...April 18th, 1955...
Mr. GERBER: Whatever you got as a kid, whenever you, I think, get a response from an adult, it makes you kind of feel that you're an important person.
MONTAGNE: More of your memories are on our NPR Facebook page.
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