Dealing with fanmail

Science fiction master Robert Heinlein engineered his own nerdy solution to a problem common to famous authors: how to deal with fan mail.

In the days before the internet, Heinlein's solution was fabulous. He created a one page FAQ answer sheet -- minus the questions. Then he, or rather his wife Ginny, checked off the appropriate answer and mailed it back. While getting a form letter back might be thought rude, it was much better than being ignored, and besides, the other questions you did not ask were also answered!

From CT2, via Statistical Modeling. The actual letter is brilliant:

by datacharmer | Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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