Today I studied the art of writing a letter, as well as when to write on paper or when to use an email. Emails are, by their very nature, personal and lighter; good for business when you would like an immediate response but not best when approaching someone that you don't know. A letter, on the other hand, gives your message more power as well as giving the recipient more respect. It is always best to write a letter when you want to praise or thank someone, an email would get lost among all the spam and the praise would be easily forgotten. It is also the best option to write a letter of complaint, having said that, it is just as easy to shred a letter as it is to delete an email.
I have so far written a letter to Mr Spielberg, though it hasn't been sent as I am not forty, yet. It all feels a bit gushing and probably is a little inappropriate and I am not expecting any kind of response, but you never know do you?
As for the other two people, here I am at a indecisive moment. Most of the artists I like have been dead for quite a few years; I could choose a writer but really my influence came from Roald Dahl, who, of course, is deceased as well. I have been thinking about writing to Robert Harris, as I find all of his books a really good read (The Fear Index is awesome); I could write to Tom Baker, or Peter Davison: my Doctor's.
I am a little stuck and could do with some input from you, my reader. Actors are good; writers are good; teachers are good; philosophers are good; footballers are out (although John Barnes was my hero in the Eighties); television hosts are out, I've already met Bob Monkhouse, plus he's dead.
Ok, in writing this I have come up with a list. Here goes:
Ok, not sure of Carol Vorderman is an influence on the way that I think.
Please post your views and any suggestions of people from the Eighties, early Nineties, would be wonderful.