In honor of Madonna's Goth/Viking Super Bowl spectacle, I've decided to share a priceless childhood document from 1984 . . . the first draft of a fan letter, written to my then #3 idol, Ms. Ciccone. While the letter mentions that Marilyn was my other "idol", I left out the fact that my #1 favorite was Cyndi Lauper . . . a fact I intentionally omitted as not to cause Madge any jealousy.
It should be noted that the "bleach" I refer to, was actually me squeezing lemons on my hair while sitting in the backyard after school. And while I prayed for the sun to turn my locks platinum with dark roots, I sat on our swing-set listening to Like a Virgin on my Sony Sports Walkman.
Above: My Walkman of choice, c.1984 . . . the very Memphis-inspired Sony Sports, and me (age 10) in full Madonna-wannabe mode . . . white lace, rubber bracelets and Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
It's was also a testament to how much I loved the Material One, that I used a sheet of my sacred new wave brushstroke paper, as I was a hoarder of everything made by Paper Moon, my stationery obsession at the time (along with Lisa Frank).
P.S. I never received a fan club acceptance or a picture, but all is forgiven.