About 4 months ago, after we were forced to remove the image resembling "Ron Burgundy" from Anchorman, I thought I would try to contact Mr. Ferrell to see if he would be kind enough to let our project use the service-member created billboard, which sits, outside a Fallujah chow hall. In addition, I thought I might contact 10 different celebrities that have supported the military in the past. I sent out 12 letters in all, which included a letter to Mr. Gary Sinise.
Without boring you all with the details of each letter, they were basically all the same. I will give you the summary of what I requested. I did NOT ask any of them for monetary support. I did NOT ask any of them to speak or "officially" endorse our project. I did NOT ask any of them to provide our project with memorabilia to which we might raise money to support the project. I didn't even ask for an autograph, although in retrospect, maybe I should have. I did ask if we could send each of them a shirt, free of charge of course, for them to wear at their convenience to help raise awareness about the project and our foundation. That was basically it, briefly.
So far, four of the letters have been returned undeliverable (I sent each letter certified mail so I could ensure delivery or return) and the remaining eight have not been answered, until now. However, Mr. Sinise's office had the courtesy to respond to my letter.
A very nice letter, but a letdown. I don't even believe that Mr. Sinise had the privilege of reading my letter asking to send him a project shirt, free of charge. I feel that if Mr. Sinise did read the letter, he would have let us send him a free shirt to wear.
I would like to know the thoughts of our fans and supporters on this. Should we send his office a shirt? Should we send another, rebuttal letter? Should we send him more than just a shirt, maybe something more, like four or five? Do you think Mr. Sinise would be interested in helping spread the word about the project, even if it is just a mention to those he knows?
This endeavor is a new thing for all of us working on the project and we need all the input and help we can get. We would all appreciate your input, comments and direction with this and more. Please either post your comments or send them directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org As always, thanks for reading my ramblings, thank you all for your continued support!
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons