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

by Sabrina Garber

Just a few notes we'd like to send this month to President Obama, Sir Alexander Fleming, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Bill Clinton, Tim Burton, and Paul Reubens ...

Happy Birthday, President Obama | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to President Obama (born August 4, 1961)

Dear Mr. President,

Happy 55th Birthday! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful vacation out on Martha’s Vineyard. When I saw this card, it reminded me of your 2008 campaign slogan. Sure, it’s not exactly a birthday card, but as you pass your eighth birthday as commander-in-chief, I thought maybe you could use a little encouragement for your last months in the White House. “Yes You Can” make it until January, and by your 56th, yes you will have! Yay! I hope Mrs. Obama lets you have a birthday cake that’s not made of kale ...

Sincerely, Deb

Happy Birthday, Sir Alexander Fleming | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Sir Alexander Fleming (born August 6, 1881)

Dear Sir Fleming,

Happy Birthday! I know this is not a birthday card, but what better card to send to celebrate the birth of a man who allowed so many people to "get better." Thanks for isolating Penicillin G, which led the way to Penicillin V, which led to modern antibiotics. Ah, it seems like only yesterday you isolated that sucker in 1928. Anywho, everyone in modern medicine and patients everywhere thank you for your useful discovery. You even have a Nobel Prize. Can't "get better" than that I'd say. Happy Birthday, Sir Alexander Fleming! And cheers, you Scottish butt-kicking scientist, you!

Sincerely, Clayton

Happy Anniversary, Ellen and Portia | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (wed August 16, 2008)

Dear Ellen and Portia,

Happy anniversary to one beautiful, kind, and fun couple! We traditionally celebrate the 8th wedding anniversary with bronze but I believe this could be interpreted as soaking in some sun on a remote tropical island somewhere. You certainly deserve it as I'm sure any marriage under the Hollywood magnifying glass is no bike ride in the park. Thank you for being exactly who you are together! So glad you found Dor—, I mean, love!

Sincerely, Sabrina

Happy Birthday, Bill Clinton | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Bill Clinton (born August 19, 1946)

Dear Mr. Clinton,

Can I call you Bill? Happy Birthday, Bill! Your joy and amazement when balloons rained down on the stage at the Democratic National Convention resulted in some of the greatest photos ever. So here's wishing you a happy, balloon filled birthday! You're still my fave, have been ever since I wrote to you and Al Gore in 5th grade and received a giant envelope with letters from you both in return. My face probably looked something like this :) 

Sincerely, Sarah

Happy Birthday, Tim Burton & Reubens | Smudge Ink
THIS CARD to Tim Burton (born August 25, 1958) and Paul Reubens (born August 27, 1952)

Dear Tim and Paul, 

Though it terrified me as a kid, Pee Wee's Big Adventure is one of my all time favorite movies. As I got older and weirder, I was able to look past all the scary clowns and came to love the combination of bizarre silliness and underlying darker elements. I'm still waiting for another collaboration between the two of you, but in the meantime, happy birthday to you both!

Sincerely, Erin

(image sources: The White House, Encyclopaedia Britannica, POPSUGAR, BuzzFeed, and BuzzFeed)

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