Oh Joy! Richard Chamberlain Obsessed

2505-27th Street,
Vernon, B.C.,
December 21st, 1963
Dear Elena,
Thank you very much for your letter and Xmas card. I also liked the postcard and I am all fro trading postcards of our city.
Yes, I do belong to a fan club. You couldn’t guess which one it is, though! Well, I guess you can,. It’s the “National Richard Chamberlain Fan club”. ‘Ever hear of him?! It costs $2.00 and I got a 8X11 glossy, photo of him standing in front of a haystack(!) 4, 4X5 candid, glossy photos, a membership card and membership button. You also get 2 journals a year, (that’s as long as your membership lasts) and once every two months about “Chamberlain Chatter bulletins. That’s about the only thing I’ve had reslts with. I sent away for a photo offer from Teen Fann Club with a life membership—but they were the crummiest things you ever saw! Thank goodness that there was a refunded guarantee! Only I haven’t got my money back yet. It was a dollar. I also sent away for (what I thought was a great) picture offer from “16” magazine, but haven’t got anything yet.
That was only in the early part of Nov. though. Do you belong to any fan club or subscribe to any movie magazine? I don’t pre scibe to any. (Don’t know whether it’s sub scribe or pre scribe. I know that there isn’t a space between them either but I do it automatically)!
I did send you a teleguide ending Dec. 14, after you wrote and asked me to. I think it is a good idea and would like you to send me one of yours. Sorry that this is so hard to read with mistakes and all, but this typewriter needs a new typewriter ribbon, which is what I am giving Dadfor Xmas. That’s not all of course! I just thought I’d tell you how I’m wrapping it. You know how small it is, well I put it in a bout 5 boxes till it got to be the size of a shoe box! I can’t wait to see his face when he opens it!
Why in the workd did you want to know if we have Franco-american spaghetti up here? Of course we do but we’ve never tried it yet. Will do, sometime. Do you like it? Is it good? Do you get chef-Boy-ar-Dee (?) pizza down there? ‘Just trying to be funny! Have you ever tasted pizza before? I never have. What’s it like? )I want a real good description, now)!
I’m sure anxious to see “Twilight of honour”. I don’t quite know whether I’ll like the show but would like to see Dick act a different part other than Kildare! I just saw Kidare half an hour ago! It was tremendous!!! It was in the maternity war—remember tht one!? When he “cried” over that 17 year – old girl dying, I nearly had a baby myself! I was bawling my eyes out! And when my firlfriend phoned seconds after I still couldn’t talk to her! Can you imagine that?! I also had an exciting incident on my birthday, Dec. 14, Dad started to play a record on the player while I was unwrapping my presents—and guess what it was ? When I heard it (you guessed it;) I started to bawl again, because it was “Blue Guitar”! Dick’s new 45 recording! It’s great!! On the flip side (and I sure do flip over it!) is “They Long To Be Close To You”. If you don’t have the record yet I’ll send you the words if you want. Do you ?!
I don’t think I want a “Stamp Finder” as I am not interested in stamp collecting that much but thanks loads for the stamps from Germany anyway! I still like to collect them “unofficially”! I will send you some of mine soon. You didn’t say if you wanted me to send you movie star pix. I can’t see how you can refuse! I am sending you one of dick, I hope you don’t mind!!
I would like very much to write to that Nigerian girl. What’s she like, do your know? Please tell me if you do. I’ll sendyou one of mine to make us even.
Her name is Linda Wodden (pronounced Vodden) and her address is R.R. #2, Pickering, Ont. She is also a Canadian like me and is 16 years old. She is very nice.
This seems like a short letter but it really isn’t to me that is, When you type with this machine you get pretty tired after the first sentence!!
Well, bye for now, Hope to hear from you soon with more scoop!


Canada Girl Collects “Serviettes”!

2505 -27 St.
Vernon, British Colombia
Oct. 25,1963
Dear Elena,
Thanks a lot for your letter and the postcard that you snt me. The letter was very enjoyale and the postcard will be added to my collection. I would appreciate it if you snet me some postcards of the area around Detroit.
I never liked going to show until just recently. Isn’t that funny? But now I’m bitten by the “show bug” and really love seeing them. You see, living in Bernon, you only have 1 channel on T.V., 1 theatre and 1 drive-in. I didn’t see any of the shows you saw exept “Parent Trap”. Mom saw”The Miracle Worker” though. I enjoy Walt Disney’s movies. The ones that I’ve seen are:
“Toby Tyler”- Kevin Corcoran
“Pollyanna” – Haley Mills.
“Third Man on the Mountain” – James MacArthur.
“101 Dalmations”
“Swiss Family robinson” – John Mills, tommy Kirk, Jim MacArthur,Kevin Corcoran.
“The Absent-minded Professor” – Fred MacMurray , Tommy Kirk.
:Sonn of Flubber”-
“Babes in Toyland” – Tommy Sands, Annette.
“Savage Sam” – Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran.
Two days ago I saw “Spencers Mountain”, staring Jim MacArthur, Henry fonda, Maureen O’hara. But that wasn’t on of Walt Dianey’s. I’m looking forward to seeing Summer Magic with Layley Mills. I also can’t wait till Dick Chamberlain stars in Twilight of Homour!! I guess you heard that I simply can’t get him out of my head! I’m not nuts about him, I’m serious! Mon’s getting real worried! I’m glad you said Kildare was better than Casey! I like Ben Casy (the program) too; but I LOVE Jim Kildare! (I can’t spell very well can I)? It’s my first year of typing. Please tell me what you like about Dick, if you do. I love to get people’s opinions on him.
Yes I have many pennants. I put some of them on the wals of my room. These are the places I have received pennants from:
In Alberta: Jasper Park & Banff’s Gondola lift.
In California: Los Angeles, Disneyland & Trees of Mystery & Hollywood! (wow)!
In washington: Spokane, The Dry Falls & Grand Coulee Dam.
In Arizona: The Meteor Crater
In Colorado: Glenwood Springs.
That’s about all!
Thank you very much for offering me some stamps from Germany! I’d love to have a few. I wish I could write in some German for you. I can speak quite a bit, but writing is a different matter.
What are your favorite T.V. shows? Even though we only have 1 channel here I still have my favorites. They are as follows: 1. Dr. KILDARE. 2. Patty Duke Show. 3. Ben Casey. 4. Bonanza. 5. Reach for the Top. 6. You Asked For It. 7. Ed Sullivan. 8. Password. 9. Misterogers (har har!) 10. Stump the Stars.
Sorry this is such a short letter, (it took me about 2 hours to type it aming billions of mistakes).
‘Bye for now; hope to har from you soon!
Best wishes &
All my love,
P.S. – I hope your family are all well. Give my greetings to TEDDY!
Tell me if you want “stuff”:
Movie star pix
Pix of Dick
Serviettes (I collect fancy & original ones).
Or anything
Thanks for giving your birthday!
Love ya’

Aha! South Dakota Jean Knows Nancy

R1-Box 109
Twin Brooks, So. Dak.
Oct. 1963
last week new
Dear Elena,
I am fine. The magazinis I by ar family Circle and womans Day. The both have delishes dishes in them.
I don’t have any classes rooms just stay in one room all Day. And I don’t have any choice in subjects until I am in firth year of High school be cause I go to a country school. But I take Art on Fridays Lang evey day of the week history So. So, reading science everyday of the week. I don’t get it when are you going in to the ninth grade don’t you you go in to it next fall?
I WENT ON MY VACTION LAST SUMMER TO MY AUNT AND UNCLE THREE DOWN BY THE Minn. Border and I went and stayed with some friends
I don’t go to many moves because I live so far away only about 15 miles, I went to girls, girls, girls and I thought it was pretty great.
Oh be fore I forget it yes I know Nancy Brown.
I rode my Bike three miles to school this week that is just one way 6 miles all to geather.
Mom sent form soom bakey sweaters one gold and one white a plade dress and a coot and a slip I love them all there piety. Do you have a record player? I have.
When do you gradnat? Do you go to school year round?
Our tV. Doesn’t wook we got our R.h. back a few day ago
When is your birthday?
Yours truly
today Oct 5, 1963
I’m fine. I hope you are fine. Do you have School year round?
I mixed up cookies and cake this morning. It is a little windy hear. The leaves have turned color.
No. I don’t get to pick my on subjects I am required Art., Science, Socil Sutdes, Art, reading, history.
Yes Nancy Brown is My girlfriend. If you can write would you She is expecting you to write.
Do you have a record player?
No I don’t go to many moves I was the only one to go on some vadions.
I’ll send a picture in my next picture Sorry I cant make this little long but I’m so busy this morning
I’ll make up for it in my next letter
Yours truly
P.S. Do you listen to the ridio very much? Hope to here from you soon.

Not Another South Dakota!

Sept 1963
Dear Elena,
I would like to be your pen pal. I have always wanted a pen pal. I am 12 years old and my name is Nancy Brown. I live out in the country on a farm. I am also interested in reading, music and sports. I have one sister and one brother.
I have something to tell you about Jerry my brother. Tuesday he step on a rock when he was running. Now he has a cast on up to his knee. He is 14.
My sister Loretta is 10 years old. We both got to a country school. I am Vice President of our Y.C.L. at school, and my sister is Secretary.
Do you have an interest in animals? If you do I’ll tell how many animals we have. We have 13 milking cows, 20 steers, 60 pigs, 1 dog, 10 cats, and 1 parakeet named Bridgette.
The morning when I was eating some toast my loose tooth fell out and now it feels real funny.
I have to get ready for school now.
Yours Truly
Nancy Brown

P.S. Please write back soon. If you do write back I’ll send you a picture of me and you can send you picture right away. My address is:
Nancy Brown
Rt. 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D.

City Kid Asks What is 4-H?

R1-Box 109
Twin Brooks, So. Dak.
Sept 2, 1963
You asked abot 4-H well it is for Boys and girls from the ages of 9 throw- 21 years of age. And it teackes you to be better citizens And we take stuff in on Acheivement day No matter what you take in you get A Blue Red or White ribbon. And what I ment by 4Hs was I blong to a girls and a Boy club in the firls club we make table clothes, place mats, Aprons, cookes, and crafts of all kinds and then we enter them an achcevement days. On My stuff in the girls club I got 4 Blus ribbon and one green ribbin for participateing in the jr dress reved. And a white.
What kind of Magazines do you get? I get American Girl it is a real goo magazines. And some other ones.
I wore glasses I spoke over the radio once. I haven’t had no pictures taken scince I had long hair. But in my next letter I think I will send a picture. I am not to smart. I got to a country school. Write Back
Yours truly,
Jean Brandt

Very Busy in Vernon, British Colombia

2505 -27 St.
Vernon, B.C.
Thur. Aug.29

Dear Elena,
Thank you so very much for your letter. I like people that write interesting, lenghthy letters. I am beginning to think that I write to too many people, because I can’t remember what I’ve said already, in my letters. So please excuse me if I ask the same questions. Now I have a system of carbon copy imprints and hope it won’t happen again. I write to about five older couples, many cousins, aunts and uncles, and numerous penpals and close friends that I have met.
I am very happy that you enjoy music. I was born musical., I think, and have much to tell you about my musical background.

P.S.      We are getting company for dinner to night so I have to help Moms.

Sat. Aug. 31
Hi! From a two day break! Yesterday I went to see Walt disney’s show the Miracle of the white Stallians. Have you seen it? I didn’t think it was as good as others – like “In search of the Castaways”. Or “Pollyanna”, Parent Trap” & “Swiss Family Robinson.”
Now back to music. Yes I do play lots of instruments – er-not very good though! I play piano at home; in elementary school – the flutophone, autoharp. Now at Junior High – I take band. I am in the percussion section, which includes a great variety of rhythmetic things. Here are some of them. Drums – (snare, tenor, bass, timpani), glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba. I’ll tell you more later. I got to go again! Too busy!

Mon. Sept 1/63!

Boy am I ever busy! Yesterday we had a farewell party at O.K. Lake for one of our square dancers. It was lots of fun and lots of kids! This morning I went horse back riding at a friend’s. He’s a real “duck,” but he’s pretty nice once you get to know him. I love horses. Do you? That adds number 4 to my lists of things that I love. Boys, babies, dogs & horses! Have you got any foreign stamps? I have started a collection, but it’s not much to speak of! I also caollect pennants from different cities I’ve been to. I sure am looking forward to be going to school tomorrow, (grade 9). New teachers & all. I am telling you, you just about die of suspense to find out who is in your class! What kind of dog is Teddy? I bet he’s cute! I’ll have to sent you a picture of Penny. I took a few snaps of her but they’re still in the camera!
Yes my parents were born in Canada. Dad in Victoria, and Mom is Manitoba (near Winnipeg). I was born in Vernon in 1948. Dec. 14 to be exact. When is your birthday?
No brothers and sisters. I wish Richard Chamberlain was my big brother. I just flip when I see him play Dr. Kildare. He plays his part so well. Don’t you think? I would like to tradepictures of your favorite stars with uou, would you? I have lots of “Dick”. I like movie books better than comic books!
My Dad is an assistant accountant for a Ford Motor Company in Vernon.
What church do you go to?
I am quite German myself, you know. I can speak a little bit but not write. My maternal grandparents were born around there, too, and my grandmother lied with us till two years ago. ) She died.) My other grandparents and grandfather died before I was born. My full name is Joy Mary Anne Hopkins. My mother’s is Gerda and my father’s is Eric John! My dog’s is Sunnyvale’s Gold Penny, and my cat is Puffy!
I will be more “busier” when school comes but I write letters in study periods. So ‘bye for now.

All my love, Joy

July 16-22 At Least a Beach Trip

16       Went to the library with Lynn Deidrich. I stopped at Hinkles and got some mixed green yarn for a shawl. Nattie has to have a special order made for her yarn.

17       I finished the Three Mussketeers by Dumas. I then started Turn around twice by Oglivie. The shaw I’m making is 30 stiches long. I do one row knit & one row pearl. Nattie finished the back to her sweater.
I think that I am started to get my days.

18       I finished the book Turn around twice by Oglive. I then started Midshipman Quinn.
Karen came home from her vacation.

19       Karen and I went to the Mai Kai to see the longest day. It was good. I might buy a recording of the theme song.
Later about 7:00 o’clock I got my things and went to Dails to spend the night there. We went to be about one o’clock
Karen has this paint like pen in red and green and with it we painted this on pillow cases

20       We got up about 10:30. We went up Redford to loft around. We each had a cake. Today there was an eclipse. I missed it.
Todays Diane Hauptmann’s birthday Barbara took some chocolate out of my purse. Steal. Nattie got Diane a pair of pants & blouse and sheap ring.

21       Today we went to Point Pelee. Daddy, Mommy Nattie, me and Beany’s firlfriend Sally. Dillners, Hauptmans and Misumers were there. I got a very bad sunburn. We played ball, floated on rafts. After we got home we each had corn. Mom Dad Nattie and I. Two ears each

22       I getting blisters on my face. I hope it doesn’t get serious.
Karen and I went up Redford to see up the Record Shop had the record The Longest Day. They didn’t have it. We went to Woolworth’s and had a milk shake. 30 cents + tax 31 cents