Well it would seem that my cunning plan to keep the Good Mail Day book has been a failure as several people seem only too happy to take it off my hands - and there's still time to add your name to the list!
I was into Happy Mail from a very young age. Back in 1968 I was a huge fan of The Monkees. Davy Jones in particular. Loved their music and loved their tv programme. Even joined their fan club! In one edition of the Fan Newsletter was an article where you could be matched up with another fan and become Pen Pals. I immediately knew I wanted to join up. I asked for a pen pal in California as that was the only exotic place in the USA I could think of (well, I was only 10 at the time!) I had a letter back saying they had no members in California who wished to be pen pals but they had matched me with a girl in Chicago - guess they went through the country alphabetically and Chicago was next on the list from California. So I started writing to Cindy and we have continued to write to each other for the last 43 years. Well, more often than not it's an email now or message via Facebook but back in my teenage years, letters was the only way to go. I spent much pocket money on pretty notepads, Holly Hobby being a favourite and also Charlie Brown. I even used to seal them with pretty sealing wax, stickers, cartoons out of newspapers, you name it, I would stick it on the outside of my envelopes. And she would do the same back, only hers were better because hers had come from AMERICA!
We've met a few times now, she came over when in about 1978 and we met up when I went on holiday to Florida with my family in 1998, and then she came to visit when she was stopping off for 48 hours in the UK after going on a cruise around the Mediterranean. Which can only mean one thing ... it's time for me to go and visit her again!