|Me with "Gindy" the cat - 1957|
I don't know about you but I find this letter very interesting on several levels. First was that I wrote it on PINK stationery! Hey, I knew I was gay in 1957 when I was 16 years old. Sixteen years old? Was I ever that young? Wow.
Secondly, note that I wrote in PURPLE ink. What was THAT all about? How GAY WAS I?
|WHO IS THIS PERSON?|
For those of you who can't read my backward slant handwriting of 55 years ago, here's a translation:
Miss Eleanor Gonzales
502 West Main
South Chestnut St.
November 25, 1957
Hi. I don't know quite how to start of this letter. I gues there is one thing I'd better say though, I would like to be pen pals with you.
All of this I am doing now is completly (sic) against my rules of course. I have enough pen pals to do me but when I saw your picture in "DIG" I thought maybe there was a slight chance. To me, yu looked like the nicest girl on all the two pages of "Paper Mates." Man! I bet I really sound corny!
The main things for you to remember about me is that I am 6'3", 160 lbs., brown hair & eyes and just turned 16. I have a fairly good sense of humor. I like "Rocknroll" like most teenagers. I also like to ice skate, play baseball, and basketball. I don't play football beings I'm in band (which I think is more fun) I am sports editor of the Blue & Gold newspaper) I have also been class president for the Freshman & Junior class (one I'm in now). Don't ask me what happened last year. All I know is that I got beat!
My religion is Protestant (Baptist). I have two brothers Isaac 14 and John 13.
Well, I know you have a lot of letters to read and write so I won't hold you any longer.
In sincere friendship,
You promised to answer all letters but if you don't like me then by all means don't answer this letter. O.K.?
I lied about being class president and ice skating and playing baseball and basketball. I never ice skated in my life unless you can count that time I "skated" on my ankles the first and only time I ice skated. However, I did play in band and was the sports editor of my high school newspaper. To be quite frank I'm surprised that I felt the need to lie about being class president. I tell it like it now baby, like it is.