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

by Sabrina Garber

Just a few notes we'd like to send this month to Taylor Dayne, Harrison Ford, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alex Trebek ...

Happy Birthday, Taylor Dayne | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Taylor Dayne (born July 3, 1963)

Dear Taylor,

A few years ago, I heard Tig Notaro tell a hilarious story about running into you again and again on This American Life. At first, I couldn't place your name but then I looked you up and realized that you are the one behind the song "Tell It To My Heart"! So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for this song and the dance party that is now happening at my desk. Wishing you a very happy birthday!

Sincerely, April

Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942)

Happy birthday, Harrison!

It's hard to believe you're turning 74 this year. Watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (first in line on opening night with tickets I bought months in advance, nbd), I was glad to see that though there were a bit more gray hairs since Return of the Jedi, you still had that mischievous gleam in your eyes. But, once a scoundrel always a scoundrel, right? As my dad would say, whoop it up!

Sincerely, Erin

Happy Birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Benedict Cumberbatch (born July 19, 1976)

Dear Benedict,

I’ve always loved Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Then I became twice the fan after obsessively watching you take on the fascinating role of modern-day Sherlock. I have to admit that I am suffering from major BBC drama withdrawal right now but I have no doubt that Season 4 (and possibly final??) will be worth the wait. Promise me more mind palace-bending cases (to which I will gasp, holy sheet!), please. And have an incredible, masterful birthday! 

Sincerely, Sabrina

Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek | Smudge InkTHIS CARD to Alex Trebek (born July 22, 1940)

Dear Mr. Trebek,

If there ever were a jolly good fellow, you would be him Sir Trebek. Well, it would be you, accompanied by a bit of know-it-all nature—ahem, even if your tone does mask the fact that you hold the answers to all of the Jeopardy questions (or rather questions to the answers) within your cue cards. Nevertheless, you have provided many inquisitive and mind-probing half hours of entertainment for so many throughout the many years. And even though Sean Connery may cause you some trouble from time to time, I'm sure he only gives you a hard time all in the name of good fun and playful banter. So this July, happy birthday Alex Trebek! I hope it's a Daily Double type of day!

Sincerely, Clayton

(image sources: taylordayne.comEntertainment WeeklyBuzzFeed, Jeopardy)



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