Back in the day — way before the world had Facebook, Twitter, the INTERNET — folks had to connect and communicate with friends by mail or telephone. Back in the day, people used to have pen pals. Steven Patrick Morrissey, at 21 years old, was looking for a pen pal when he reached out to a young man named Robert Mackie back in 1980. Morrissey found Mackie‘s address in the personals section of Sounds magazine (which was kind of like the personals section of Craigslist) and sent him a letter. That letter has been revealed and, of course, shared on the Internets. Click below to see and read Morrissey‘s pen pal letter that was written on the back of a photo of James Dean.
384- Kings Rd
Manchester- M32 8GW
So nice to know there’s another soul out there, even if it is in Glasgow.
Does being Scottish bother you? Manchester is a lovely little place, if you happen to be a bedridden deaf mute.
I’m unhappy, hope you’re unhappy too.
LOL! Is this not THE most Morrissey letter that you could ever imagine? As I understand it, Morrissey and Mackie remained pen pals for about 18 months. A couple of years later, in 1983, Morrissey formed the band The Smiths with Johnny Marr. The reason I share this letter with all y’all is because it’s f*cking amazing. Second, it is a terribly insightful look at a young man who would grow up to become one of the most beloved musicians of his generation. Clearly, Morrissey was always of the maudlin sort. In the future, people will look back at Facebook pages and blogs to learn what we were like in our youths. Some people never change, some people do … I’m glad to see that Morrissey is of the former ilk. When I was young, maybe 6th grade or so, I had a few pen pals … one in Egypt, one in Greece and one in France. Only my French pen pal friendship lasted. I can’t remember the girl’s name but we exchanged a few letters over a few months. She sent me a plastic Eiffel Tower statue which I LOVED. It was that gift that inspired me to make a promise to myself that I would some day touch the real Eiffel Tower in Paris … which I did many, many, many years later on my first trip to France with David back in 2006.
So, I have to know … did any of y’all have pen pals when you were younger?