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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

You Must Read 'The Billy Letters'

Radar Magazine Sends Letters Posing As A 10-Year-Old Boy:

billy letters

In the late '90s, pop-culture historian Bill Geerhart had a little too much time on his hands and a surfeit of stamps. So, for his own entertainment, the then-unemployed thirtysomething launched a letter-writing campaign to some of the most powerful and infamous figures in the country, posing as a curious 10-year-old named Billy.

To his surprise, replies soon started pouring in. Everyone from Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (on tree-fort diplomacy) to Oprah Winfrey, Mister Rogers, Janet Reno, and members of the Supreme Court had words of wisdom for Billy. ("I like the Egg McMuffin," wrote Justice Clarence Thomas when asked about his favorite McDonald's food. "Actually, I like almost everything there.") Responding to Billy's idea for a "Hustler for kids," Larry Flynt wrote back encouraging the fourth grader to "Hang in there. You'll be 18 before you know it."

This is a fantastic read from Radar Magazine. Serial killer Richard Ramirez wanted Billy to send some pictures of 'girls in bikinis.' Charles Manson sent back a bizarre photo of a shack and rambled incoherently. The Unabomber, Ted Kacynzski, had no advice on whether or not Billy should drop out of school because he didn't know enough about him. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Billy eat an Egg McMuffin and sent back a signed photo. These are just a few of many interesting tales in 'The Billy Letters.'

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