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Dear Famous Person ... Sincerely, Smudge Ink: April

by Sabrina Garber

Just a few notes we'd like to send this month to Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Goodall, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jack Nicholson, and Andre Agassi ...

Happy Birthday Hans Christian AndersenTHIS CARD to Hans Christian Andersen (born April 2, 1805)

Dear Hans Christian Andersen,

Thanks to you, I was that kid shouting "that's not how the story goes!" the first time I watched Disney's The Little Mermaid. I also have a fear of red shoes, matches and broken mirrors but that's a whole other story. This is just to say a big thank you for your wonderfully creative (and creepy!) fairy tales that have left their mark not just in my imagination but the world over. And just FYI—every year on your birthday, April 2nd, readers all over the globe celebrate International Children's Book Day, advocating for literacy and access to reading materials for children of all ages. I can think of no better legacy for a writer whose stories I read again, and again, and again. So from me to you, tak!

Sincerely, Sarah

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall
THIS CARD to Jane Goodall (born April 3, 1934)

Hey there Ms. Goodall!

Happy birthday! Before you came along and observed families of chimpanzees in the 1960's, nobody thought animals were capable of having emotions. You proved a whole slew of people wrong and paved the way for other scientists to recognize the fact that animals do feel and emote just like us humans (although perhaps with some slight differences). In fact, I just read a book a couple years ago called "Inside of a Dog" by Alexandra Horowitz, and you were cited several times (a good read too by the way). Apparently your fascination with animals all started with a stuffed monkey your dad gave you when you were little. I'm glad your dad gave you that stuffed monkey and needless to say, this card seems fitting for your special day. Have a good one, Ms. Goodall!

Sincerely, Clayton

Happy Birthday Candace Cameron-Bure
THIS CARD to Candace Cameron-Bure (born April 6, 1976)

Dear Candace,

You'll always be DJ Tanner to me. Even though Full House ended in '95, re-runs have kept the Tanner family close to my heart. DJ taught me that a pesky younger sister can also be a great friend and that it's always important to lead by example. I've already binge-watched Fuller House, and seeing grown-up DJ in action just feels right. Happy 40th birthday, Deej (I mean Candace), I hope it's a great one!

Sincerely, April

Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson
THIS CARD to Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937)

Dear Jack,

Dude, I didn’t even realize how old you were turning. Seventy-nine? That’s wild. I definitely thought you were fifty or something. But you definitely ACT young, and I don’t think anyone doubts you’re young at heart. Anyways, happy birthday! Have some fun! After all, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Sincerely, Vee

Happy Birthday Andre Agassi
THIS CARD to Andre Agassi (born April 29, 1970)

Dear Andre,

I will forever remember going to the U.S. Open and stumbling upon your practice session on the ground courts. You were just rallying but even so it was mesmerizing to watch! The incredible part was how friendly and down-to-earth you were with the small crowd of onlookers, taking the time to banter and joke with fans as you prepared for your match. From that moment you’ve been my absolute favorite tennis player—or my favorite athlete of any sport, really. And I just want to wish you the very best of birthdays. Maybe I’ll see you and Steffi in Vegas one day and try not to freak out too much.

Sincerely, Sabrina

(image sources: Wikipedia, Brain Pickings, IMDB, Esquire, Tennis Connected)

 

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