Over the years I’ve had a few email conversations with famous people. I once traded emails with legendary White House Reporter Helen Thomas. I got a reply from an email I sent entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2005. An email from futurist and biographer Walter Isaacson helped me bust the Einstein Bees story. Oh, and though it’s not email comedian Norm MacDonald briefly followed me on Twitter.
Recently I got on a kick for Howard Jones’s music. Jones was an 80s synthpop god and his music still holds up very well. As does he, since he’s still touring and appears to be happy and healthy. I found Jones’s website and saw that his email address was listed there, with a promise that all emails would be acknowledged:
I know you’re busy but wanted to reach out and thank you for all the
music. Your “Things Can Only Get Better” has been on my mind recently.
We so need its optimism right now.
Sorry I missed your latest US tour but I want to catch you the next time
you come near North Carolina.
Best to you and yours.
Raleigh, NC, USA
I got back this reply two days later:
Very best wishes
While it was a short response, it’s pretty cool that he took a minute to respond to me.
Interestingly, as I wrote this blog post I noticed I had also emailed Jones back in 2012. That time I got a canned response, so things really ARE only getting better!
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
Thanks for emailing.
Your email is now on its way to Howard.
Please be aware that due to Howard’s hectic schedule and amount of mail that Howard receives, it is not always possible for him to reply directly to you.But please be assured that he does get to see them.
Unfortunately, we cannot honour requests for signed photos or concert dedications.
Thanks again for your support.
Photo by Mark Kent.