With Twitter and Facebook, we have instant access to TV shows and TV show stars. With a few keystrokes, we can (possibly) communicate with them and they can in turn advertise to us. In the 80s, we had something similar, but it was a lot slower and a lot better. We could write letters to TV shows and TV stars, physical, pen-and-paper letters that were put in a stamped envelope and sent via USPS. Many shows of the time, particularly shows on Nickelodeon and USA Network, would have segments in which the letters were read on air. It would take months for your letter to be read, if it ever was read at all, and you had to watch the show vigilantly because you didn’t know when it might be read and you had no way to catch it again if you missed it. It was probably a flawed system, but something about that system, particularly about seeing the addressed flashed across the screen as in the few pictures here, just makes me feel happy, safe, and, yes, even loved.
Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.