Thursday, October 2, 2008

In the Days Before We Got Caught in the 'Net...

Perhaps you remember a time when information did not reside at your fingertips. Maybe you can recall card catalogues and something called a typewriter. Way back in those olden days, we had it rough. The Dark Ages of communication. Okay, so I'm being facetious. But seriously, we had to cope with quite a bit more than we do now. How did we handle it?

Before AOL's "You've Got Mail" had a chance to become an overused 'catchphrase' (for lack of a better word) and our mailboxes weren't 'virtual' we had to deal with tangible correspondence.

Well, what if you were getting influx of fan mail?
How would you keep up?

Via the 'net (it figures) I came across a rather interesting solution to the influx of fan mail from the great science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, who introduced us to Michael Valentine Smith, the Stranger in a Strange Land. (And of course a myriad of other characters and stories.)

Check out his method for replying to the vast amounts of paper that flew his way. It's been posted here by Kevin Kelly on his website. Thanks, KK.

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