Surfer Queen and the Beatles! Wow! Feb & Apr 1964

Linda Stephens, Beverley Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay, Sydney NSW  Australia
Sydney, February 2nd, 1964
Dear Elena,
Thank you for your letter. My pen-pals are in North Bay (Ontario) in Canada, Cheshire, England, Tokyo, Japan, Montana, U.S.A, you, and one that I don’t write to anymore in Bandung Indonesia, because she is too old for me (she’s 19). I’d love to trade pen-pals in order to build up my correspondence. I think I might put an advertisement (letter) in the Monitor.
To get to languages, I am learning to speak French at school and I too know a little, little bit of Spanish. An American girlfriend of mine lived in Argentina for a few years and she taught me some. We go back to school on Tuesday (4th February) and I am to take French, English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Music, Scripture and Science (that includes Biology, Physics, chemistry & Science). We do have out choice when we reach the class I’m going into but some subjects are compulsory. Do you only take 6 classes? Gee, we have to take 9!
I don’t have a boyfriend but I know a few boys who have taken me out quite a few times.
Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I’m sorry I didn’t send a Christmas card but I didn’t remember & nobody got one. I’ve enclosed a Birthday card, though. My birthday is May 11.
While you’re having snow storms, we’re having heat waves, & I’ve taken up surfin enthusiastically these past holidays. My aunt lives across the road from one of the most popular beaches, Bondi, & I’ve averaged 5 out of 7 days at the beach for the past 4 or 5 weeks. I’ll continue going on the weekends during school. My cousins both ride surfboards & they’ve been coaching me. It’s fun. Body-surfing’s safer & better, though.
I just read through your letter again * saw that you take civics & gym. I didn’t mention it but civics is included in History in Australia & gym is taken by everyone in the school in winter with swimming in summer.
Well, music. We have just about the same here as you do. The Beatles are top (of course) & I’ll send you a list of one of our Top 40 to let you see.
I have just one sister, Michele, who is, amazingly enough, 18 too. She works, having finished school & corresponds with people throughout the world. I wonder if Sabine would like to correspond with her?
I, too, will send some pictures of the movies being shown about town & you’ll find some are the same as you have up there. I think.
Tell me, are you a Christian Scientist or do you just read the Christian Science Monitor? Please send me a photo of yourself. I would but I just had my hair cut off last Thursday & the photos I have don’t look a bit like me now. I might take some today. You say you live across the street from a river. Well we live right on the waterfront. We have to walk down the stairs to our tiered garden & then to the grass mext to the swimming pool & then we have a whole lot of the Sydney Harbour in front of us. Just one difference, our water doesn’t freeze in winter like yours.
Well I’ve just about talked myself out. Hope to hear from you soon,
Yours Truly
P.S. I hope you can understand the writing. Sorry it is so bad.

Miss Linda Stephens, Beverley Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay, Sydney NSW  Australia
April 5, 1964
Dear Elena,
Thank you for your letter. It was one of the 3 that I found waiting for me when I returned from my easter holiday. Also thak you for the photo, it’s a good one. Please excuse my ignorance, but what type of dog is it?
I am a Beatle fan, and have a Beatle album, namely Please Please Me. Its terrific with Love me do I saw her Standing there, Please Please Me, Boys and about 10 or 11 more. Its fantastic. However, my parents seem to be spending more & more time outside the home. I meant to ask them about that, mm. I have been thinkgin along the lines of purchasingtheir second album, With The Beatles but I am a bit worried as to what will happen to my parents.
Schools in Sydney, at least my school, starts at 9.30 and end at 3.10. My school is about a mile away and my father drives me to school in the morning and in the Winter my mother drives me home. However in summer, I walk home. I don’t know if I told you, but my classes are: History, Geography, English, French, Maths, Science (incl. Physics, Chemistry, biology etc), Art Scripture and in summer swimming & in winter gym. For sport, I take basketball.  Our lessons are 40 mins. Long and we have 7 lessons per day. How long & how many are yours?
By the way, the date is now 21 April. At the moment I’m snug in bed, suffering from a heavy cold. But just think, everyone is out in the rain, so who minds. Well, actually I am a Christian Scientist in that I attended a Sunday school for 3 years, but have not been since last year.
As you know, I have a sister and the usual parents, but up until yesterday morning (about 4 a.m.) we had two darling cats. However out little (just 2 years old) pure white Persian cat died of internal bleeding. I was most upset as he had such cute ways about him. But, I suppose its better where he is than here and hurting. I asked for another kitten, but I was flattened, so I’m hoping I get a little white ball of fluff for my birthday next May 11. Keep your fingers crossed.  But we still have a tabby cat. He’s beautiful.
I love to go to movies, too and recently I’ve seen charade, Move Over Darling, Take Her she’s Mine, Taras Bulla, West Side Story (well, a few months ago) and several others. I want to see the Beatles film when it comes out in June. However, the Beatles are coming here in June, so you never know. Gerry & the Pacemakers, Brian Poole & the Temelos, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney have just finished a tour of the eastern states of Australia. I believe they were good, but I didn’t see them.
I’ve had luck. Everybody I’ve written to, except one, in reply to little letters in the Pen Pal section has replied. But I’m thinking of putting my name in. I don’t know. So far I have 5 pen pas, and one I wrote to in Japan hasn’t replied, so Idon’t know. Thanks for the address of the penpals, I might write if I have a chance. Do you want a pen pal in the U.S. – a firl in Seattle Washington? Please tell me & I’ll give you her address if you do.
I I get a chance, I will enclose a photo of myself.f I haven’t had any taken lately but I try to dig one up from my photo box.
Well, seeing as how lunch is ready and I have four more letters to write, I had better close. Keep you fingers crossed (for my kitten) and write soon.

Girls and Dogs – Oh yes and the Beatles Dec 1963 & Mar 1964

“Cross Gate” Shute Hill, Bishopsteignton Nr. Teignmouth S. Devon ENGLAND.
Dec 8th 1963
Dear Ilona,
Thank you awfully for your card. I didn’t send them off in time which was very inconsiderable of me.
Anyway I hope you have a happy Christmas. What did you get?
Mummy has recently got a dog & we have called him “Tammy”. He is a West Highland Terrier. Have you ever heard of them. Tammy is about 4 mths old.
This morning David & I had to go to the Dentist! (ugh) But we didn’t have much done to our teeth (thank goodness)
Bobby (our budgie) is talking away in his cage. He can say quite a lot now. Must close now got to get tea ready. Happy New Year.
Jenny xx

Cross Gate, Bishopsteignton, Devon
March 5th, 1964
Dear Ilona,
Thanks for you letter. I have got 3 of the “Beaatles” records at home including, “I Want to Hold Your Hand. I’ve enclosed a picture of the Beatles (the best I’ve got.) We can get books on the Beatles in England can you in America? Which of the Beatles do you like best? I like Paul. Ringo plays the drums, George is lead guitat, & Paul & John both sing.
My birthday was on January 19th. When is yours? I wrote to my Swedish penpal & the letter was returned saying that none lived at that address so I didn’t write anymore. My other two penpals are American. Would you like to write to them?
On a television Programme lately we saw a but if Detroit from film cameras in America. It was about the traffic problem!!
Must close now,
Write soon, Jenny
P.S. Thanks so much for the lovely photograph. I’ll try & send you one of me. I think Teddy is lovely.


Nov 20 – 22 Pen Friends and Kennedy Died

Nov 20 We have a cat. Having trouble with Biddle and Juilians. So far it seems to be ours. It gets along with Teddy just fine.

Nov 21 7 pen-pals –
Canada – Joy Hopkins
England – Jenny Dean
Poland – Anna Ur.
Nigeria – ??(Not sure)
Aus – Linda Stevens
South Dakota – Jean Brandt, Nancy Brown
Indonesia – Ay hi —-

Nov 22 The President, John Fritzgerld Kennedy died. He was shot in the head and someplace else. (See Scrapbook)
I was in Math when it was announced on the P.A. Many girls were crying. It was in gym that they said he was dead. I just can’t believe it. It seems like a dream; not true. Mommy cried, or almost did. I didn’t cry cause it didn’t seem true.

Aug 17 – Aug 29 Summer Ends with a Book

Aug 17 I finished “Burma Rifles”. I thought it would be nice if I read “Little Men”. So I did.

Aug 18 todays Beany’s birthday. She got a record, Andy Williams, and $10 from Aunt Herta and Uncle Vladas.

Aug 22 Karen made a tent in her yard. We going. to sleep in it tonight. Played a game, rather part of a game, of Monopoly. Stayed up till about 1;30 a.m.

Aug 23 We got up about 10:00.
I finished “Little Men” and started “Triumph Clear” by Beim.

Aug 24 I stayed up last night till about 2:00.Ddurning that time I finished “Triumph Clear” and started “Castle on the Border” by Benary Isbert. Its a German book.

Aug 28 today Beany Sally and I went downtown to see Cleopatia. We had intended  to see how the west was one, but we couldn’t get 2 seats together. Cleopatra is 4 hours long. Starring is Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Rex Harrison and Rowdy McDowall

Aug 27 today Karen and I rode down to 7 mile. While we were there we went to Schultz’s. Then we went to Evergreen, took Evergreen to 6 mile, went up a side street to Grand River, and drove home.

Aug 29 Karen and I rode to Aunt Marie’s. Nobody was home we we rode back home.
Finished “Castle on the border”. then started reading “Jo’s boys” by Alcott.

Aug 11 – 16 Movies and Readings, More

We went to the German day. I won a orchad colored hat. Their were a lot to travel agencies there, so Beany and I collected a lot of folders on Germany. I had two hot dogs and three bottles of pop.

Daddy gave Beany and 2 dollars to spend. I spend 95¢ on a pen. somehow I spent 3 dollars.

Aug 12 Yesterday I finished “Heir of Kiloran” and started “Spy for the Confederacy by Nolan.

Aslo yesterday we saw Vera Cruz on sunday night movie. Starring in it was Burt Lancaster, & Gary Copper. Very Good. Tonight on Monday night at the movies we saw April Love with Pat Boone. Lousy.

Aug 13 I finished my book, and started a new one, “War beneath the sea” by Frank Bonham.

I’m teaching Chrisy and Burnice to walk on stils.

Aug 14 I finished “War beneath the sea”. It was a vey good book about world War II in the Pacific. I have another book by Bonham, “Burma Rifles”. I started that one today.

I wrote on scratch paper a letter to Jennifer Dean.

Aug 15 Tonight Beany Sally Karen and I went to the Redford to see The Thrill of it all with Doris Day & James Gardner also The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke.

Aug 16 Karen stayed overnight. This after noon we buildt a tent. We stayed up and watched shock.


Aug 6 – 10

Aug 6 Karen and I set up our swimming pool. Got in for awhile.
Yesterday I got out my stilts. Karen got hers.
Didn’t do much else.

Aug 7 I finished “Submarine Wolfpack” by Hardy. Then started “Pirate Queen” by Meyer.
I went in the swimming pool. The temperature was up to 92 degrees.
Mommy’s canning cherries. For dinner we had cherrie soup. It was good.

Aug 8 I went swimming in my pool, didn’t do much else.
Beany and I watched Allan Sherman on the Tonight Show. His guest starts were Phillys Diller, Robert Stack, and a very funny hairdresser.

Aug 9 Karen stayed overnight tonight. At about 7:30 we went to the library. I stopped reading “Pirate Queen”. So I started reading “Heir of Kiloran”. Karen and I stayed up till 3;30 A.M. We slept on the couch/bed. We both got on the end and it tipped over! Funny. I threw Karen’s pillow and cover all over the basement, in the cark. It was a riot.

Aug 10 We got up at 12:00. Now I’m staying over night at Karen’s. We’re going to bed at about 3;30. Had some pizza, Faygo Rock’n’Rye, chips taters, and 1 whole ice cream cone.
We stayed up till 2;30. It was all right.

July 30 – Aug 5 Vacation to Northern Michigan!

July 30 Didn’t do much today. Played with Christine and Bernice. I might go to the movies tomorrow. I’m reading “Torpedo Run” by Robb White

July 31 I went to the movie with Karen and saw Donovan’s Reef with John Wayne and Lee Marvin. The second feature was The man who knew two much. Donovan’s Reef was real funny.
I finished “Torpedo Run” and started “Up Periscope”. also by Robb White.

Aug 1 I finished “Up Periscope” and then started “Flight Deck” by White.
I did some knitting today. Not much else.

Aug 2 I finished “Flight Deck” by Robb White. So I then started “Submarine Wolfpack” by Hardy.
Tomorrow we go on our vacation.

Aug 3 I got up at 8:00 o’clock. We left Detroit at about 8:30. Got to Slepping bear point at about 1:00 o’clock. We ate lunch at 12:00 at Sandy’s in Mesick. We couldn’t get a motel room at the dunes so we decided to go on to Traverse City. At the dunes we had a dunesmobile ride.
We got to Traverse City about 6:00. Couldn’t get a room, so we went to Cadillac and got one.

Aug 4 From Cadillac we went to Petoskey. We got there at about 11:00. Right away we got a motel room. At Cadillac we ate in a cocktail lounge. It was to smoky. We drove around awhile, saw the city. We went to Harbour springs where all the rich people live. The houses were beautiful, so were the boats. We had dinner at a Big Boy.

Aug 5 From Petoskey we drove to Traverse City. From there we drove on home.
While we were in Traverse, we drove up the Old Mission. On the way back we got about 120 lbs of cherries. About 12 cents a pound.
We got home about 6:00 o’clock. It was good to be home again.