Fan mail has been, and still is, a way fans try to interact with celebrities and musicians. Even though “snail mail” is outdated, an actual letter is much more personal than tweeting at someone.
Hearing back from an artist you’ve written to is a long shot in most instances, but that wasn’t the case for a lucky Prince fan in 1984. Annalisa Masters was a huge “Purple Rain” fan who Prince decided to write back.
Dearest Annalisa, It is so nice of 2 write me. I don’t always have time 2 reply but your letters surely brighten my day. You’re so sweet. I’m glad you’re my friend. If u dig the video, wait until u see the movie. I’m very proud of it. I hope u are 2. Congratulations on making thru jr. high. I’m sure u did better than I. I wasn’t much on school. I was 2 busy listening 2 the grass grow. Thank u again 4 writing me. Until I hear from u, Prince
Three things are apparent from this letter: Prince is a nice person, has impeccable penmanship and was using txt-speak years before the technology became prevalent. “2″ instead of “to” and “u” instead of “you” in a letter? Prince truly was an innovator.
According to Letter of Note, the letter was previously on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Minneapolis. Letters of Note has over 900 letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos from history documented on their site, many of which are exceptional and very interesting.
– EJ Judge, WCBS-FM, New York