On his official web site, Ringo Starr made this announcement: "I want to tell you after the twentieth of October please do not send fan mail to any address you have. If that is the date on the envelope, it's gonna be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you." And this is coming from "the funny Beatle."
I got to wondering just what, with peace and love, would keep Ringo so very busy that he could no longer accept fan mail. I was also curious, again with the requisite amount of peace and love, just what kind of volume this torrent of letters, notes, packages and postcards would be. This isn't 1964 anymore. Are we talking about saving trees here, or has Mister Starr just become a cranky old man, with peace and love? "Hey you kids! Get off of my palatial estate!"
Plenty of celebrities would just allow the mail to stack up at the post office box until it was carted off to a recycling center somewhere. Ringo is letting us all know that we will all just be wasting our time, since he will be tossing it without a second look. But if we all really wanted to make things difficult for him, we would do whatever we could to inundate him with mail in the next five days. Whatever the previous method he had for dealing with the sundry requests for autographed photos and the like, he should have to take on a dozen more assistants to push through the mountains of various dispatches from enthusiastic fans. This is a limited time offer, after all.
And unfortunately, this leaves us with just one Beatle we can pester now. Peace and love.