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With A Little Help From His Friends
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Tuesday, 10/14/08 9:54 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dear Beatles Fans and Friends,

Most of you have already seen the video that Ringo sent out yesterday regarding a cut-off date of 20 October for autographed articles, photos, etc. After 20 October, Ringo will not be signing items mailed to him.

The video of Ringo explaining this to his fans comes across a little... abrupt. But after a great deal of investigation into why he released this video, I found that Ringo had been graciously offering to sign anything that people sent to him. And the overwhelming TON of things that he had received was mind-boggling.

On one fan site, there was a list of things that people had sent in and then a list of complaints. Here is a typical complaint, "I sent in two photos, one set of drumsticks, one t-shirt and one sweatshirt. The drumsticks were returned unsigned, and one photo was unsigned."

The complaints went on and on. No one said a word of thanks for the things that were signed. And my mind is spinning with the image of Ringo signing endless t-shirts, sweatshirts, drumsticks, and who knows what else.

It was extremely generous for Ringo to offer to sign so many items for his fans, but I imagine that when he offered to do this, he never dreamed that people would take advantage of him by sending so many things and expecting so much.

And it appears that he has reached his limit.

Bottom line... since August of 1962, Ringo has lived in a fishbowl. We've watched every little thing he's done... we've commented, critiqued, observed, and either cheered or booed. And now it's 2008... almost 2009. Enough already. Let the man have some well-deserved time to enjoy life. He had given us almost 50 years of smiles, songs, and shenanigans. Now let's be gracious and give him the rest of his life.

Before 20 October... instead of a "gimme, gimme, gimme" attitude (or as George would have phrased it, "I, me, me, mine!"), let's do something for Ringo. Let's all write to him at the address below ONLY TO SAY THANK YOU... thank you for the joy of your music, your positive attitude through the years, your love toward the fans, your Ringoisms, your headshakes and smiles, your humor, yourself. Let's send him a note to say we love you, and we support you.

If Ringo is feeling overwhelmed, taken advantage of, besieged... then let's give back to him some of the joy he has given us.

Please send a word of thanks or support (and NOTHING TO SIGN) to:

Ringo Starr
1st Floor
90 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y6JD

And please pass the word on to everyone you know. I'd love to see his mailbox full of thanks and love, not requests and complaints.

Jude Kessler
author of Shoulda Been There

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