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DAVE FESCHUK

BODY BREAK

CJ NITKOWSKI

ERIC KARROS

RUDY GALINDO

RIK SMITS

DON MATTINGLY

Friday, January 21, 2005

DAVE FESCHUK 4 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 3/3/2004
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(message)
I'll assume from your latest response that I've left you speechless. I did think I made some compelling points, but I certainly didn't think I made that good a case.

-Shane


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(reply)
Yes... I thought I hit that button...
Anyhow, sorry about that.
Obviously, as a columnist, you always care what the readers think. You've got to write to an audience, and while it's true you can't please everyone every time, you do your best.

All I can say is this: It's a long season. There's more to be written. Readers like you, who care enough to share your thoughts, have always been one of the many factors I consider when I decide what to write and when.

So thanks again,
DF



DAVE FESCHUK 3 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 3/2/2004
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Yes, Heaven Is A Playground is an excellent basketball book, I'm glad to hear you've read it. I can appreciate the fact that you have one boss
who lets you know how you're doing; most working people are in the same boat.
However, I would think you'd also be somewhat concerned about what your readers think. I'm a Star subscriber; if I cancel my subscription because I don't like your endless Rap bashing, are you still doing OK?

I have no access to the inner workings of the Raptors, but I can guess the
mismanagement you mention refers to Grunwald. But the heartlessness, who are you referring to there? I like the fact that you laud Ainge in your last article for "having the nerve to pull the trigger". There must be a difference in your mind between the Raptors making a trade and other NBA teams, because Grunwald has never been shy in making trades. Do you know any Celtics fans? I do, and they certainly don't admire his recent moves.

So do you advocate an Ainge style sweep for the Raps? Would you be in favour of someone coming in, trading Carter and starting from scratch? Despite reading your column all season, I have no idea what you're in favour of or how you think they can improve the team. Perhaps you should "have the nerve" to propose some solutions to the Raptors many problems.

Your basketball pal,

-Shane


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(Yes, he sent back a blank reply)


DAVE FESCHUK 2 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 2/27/2004
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Feschuk,

I thank you for your reply, and I also thank you for smugly owning up to your failures in writing interesting copy. The fact that you value my opinion to such an extent that you want me to recommend writers for you to pattern your game after is quite flattering. However, I really don't have the time to come up with an exhaustive list. I will give you one, Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times. At least I get the feeling that he likes basketball when he writes about the game.

I should mention that your column yesterday did reinforce the point I was
making. You wrote a column detailing how tough Alvin is for playing through
his various injuries, which I have no issue with. However, it seems the main point of your article was to attack Vince's lack of heart and insinuate that he doesn't care about the team because he was smiling on the bench.

Very original concept, haven't heard that much over the last couple years. I'm surprised you didn't mention the bit about him dancing at the Nelly concert a couple years ago.

You also managed to get another Grunwald shot in there ("Grunwald's lame-duck contract status"), nice work. You may think I'm just another Toronto homer upset because you're taking shots at my team, but I think I've made some valid points. I'm a basketball fan first and foremost, and I'd like to see the coverage here improve.

Your biggest fan,

-Shane


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Yeah, Telander's a legend. Heaven is a Playground is incomparable as hoop lit goes.
I appreciate what you're saying about my stuff, but don't get me wrong: I've only got one boss, and until he tells me he's not happy, I assume I'm doing OK.

The tone of my pieces would be different if the performances of the key people were worthy of more respect. I can't manufacture enthusiasm for mismanagement and heartlessness.

Best,
DF


DAVE FESCHUK 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk (Toronto Star Basketball "Columnist")
Date: 2/24/2004
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Dear Feschuk,

After discussing the failures of your basketball writing with my colleagues
over and over again during this current NBA campaign, I have decided to
finally share my thoughts with you. The main thought I have is this: like
the man who tortures your every waking moment, Glen Grunwald, you need to
go. Just as Glen has run out of ideas to improve Toronto's NBA franchise,
you have run out of ideas in your attempt to cover said franchise.

You've re-visited the same topics to such an extent that we can conduct a
Raptors Q & A session without your participation:

Q: Does Dave Feschuk like the Raptors roster?
A: No, he certainly doesn't.

Q: Does he think Vince has the heart required to lead the team?
A: Nay.

Q: Does Dave think MLSE chairman Richard Peddie will make the right moves
for the Raps future?
A: He doesn't think it's likely.

Q: Does Feschuk think the Grunwald can right this basketball Titanic headed
straight into the ice?
A: Please, that is laughable.

Q: Does Mr. Feschuk like anything about the Raptors?
A: Chris Bosh, because Beelzebub Grunwald and his minions haven't ruined him
yet. (Although according to a recent column, they're trying!)

I guess it could bring you some measure of satisfaction that your words are
seared into the minds of your readers like they were written on a branding
iron. However, I think the saying "familiarity breeds contempt" applies
here. Your act has gotten old, and not just amongst my clique. A quick
scan of the internet tells me there are a number of fans out there who feel
the same:

"Take a look at the Raptors writer Dave Feschuk...have you read ANY positive
articles from him, ever? "

"Once in a while we find a piece written by someone so out of touch you'd
think they were an NDP strategist. Say hello to Dave Feschuk, former
columnist for the National Post who somehow now writes for the Toronto
Star."

These are but a couple of the fans whose feathers you've ruffled with your
columns. That is something you might need to take note of, they are fans -
they watch the games and they know when the team is sucking. They don't
need basketball expert Dave Feschuk to tell them how long and hard they are
sucking and who is responsible for them sucking on a daily basis. If you do
indeed like team sports and are not just filling the time between tennis
tournaments, I would think you'd be aware of the dynamics around rooting for
a team. People want to read interesting (and varied) stories about the
squad they cheer for, not day after day of your conspiracy theories
detailing how they became the laughing stock of the entire sporting world.

I realize it's your job to express your opinion in the things you write and
I respect your right to do so. However, I would think you'd realize that
re-hashing the same opinion in all of your articles would lead to some very
boring reading. So shape up or ship out captain.

Your pal and basketball fan,

-Shane


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Dear Sir:
Thanks for the email.
As I strive, and clearly fail, to write interesting copy every time out, I'd be interested to hear the writers whose work you find interesting.

If you could help out a struggling hack with a list of your hoops-wise Hemingways, I'd be appreciative.
Best,
DF


BODY BREAK 

From: Mario
To: Body Break
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Hal, I think you are in great shape. How do you do it? I'm a Greek sauce who eats 3 or 4 donairs a day. At first I put on no weight but I have since ballooned. I play some sports, got any tips?
Thanks, stay in shape!


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The key to getting into shape is exercising within your target heart rate zone (running, brisk walking or cycling) , lifting weights and eating healthy (smaller portions, a variety of lower fat foods). I'm sure you can appreciate that there's alot to say about getting fit so we had to write a book. It's available on our website. Also I'd suggest ou go to your local library to learn more or check out your bookstore for books and mazagines.
Joanne
Body Break



CJ NITKOWSKI 

From: Shane
To: CJ Nitkowski
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi CJ,
I'm a big Tigers fan and like your site a lot. Quick question for you: Do you think 25 is too old to think about a pro baseball career? I've come to the game late, but I'm tearing up the slow-pitch league I play in (hitting .376!). What do you think? Thanks,
-Shane


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If you are in slow pitch it is probably too late. If you can make solid contact on a 90 mph fastball an 85 mph slider and a 80 mph curveball then you may have a chance.
Good luck,
CJ



ERIC KARROS 

From: Mario
To: Eric Karros
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi I'm a huge Dodgers fan and I have a burning question. I'm from Greece and need to know the story on Eric Karros. He is Greek is he not? Can you please give me that background on him. If he's Greek you guys should have a Greek night at the stadium (ouzo, tavli etc...) So please help out a fan, thank-you.


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Thank you for writing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I checked our Media Guide for you, but it doesn't give any confirmation about your question, one way or the other, actually.



RUDY GALINDO 

From: Mario
To: Rudy Galindo
Date: 2/21/2002
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Rudy is such a hip Ice Dancer, but why? How does she have such flair and grace? Shee's like a ballerina displaying grace and beauty. Hoe did she get to the level she is at today? Was it a difficult road for her?


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Rudy was probably born knowing how to dance--and possessing flair. He took ballet for many years to enhance his natural talent. Although he had a huge amount of talent from the time he first skated (at around age 6), disciplining and refining the skating part required hours, days, years of work. It continues to demand constant training and practice.
He has always loved skating, and it has often been his refuge from the "difficult road" part, much of which had little to do with skating.



RIK SMITS 

From: Mario
To: Rik Smits
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Rik, I'm a huge fan, I miss seeing you in the NBA. What are you doing now, ever think of playing in Greece? You would totally fit in, it's your style of basketball.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
i send your email to rik, but he told me a couple of months ago that he was finished...



DON MATTINGLY 

From: Mario
To: Don Mattingly
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Don, I've been a huge fan of yours for years. Little did I realize that another favorite player of mine wore number 23, Michael Jordan. Now, I'm trying to figure out who my favorite number 23 is, since you both wore the number can you tell me when you started wearing it (year if possible) so I may declare my favorite #23 athelete.
Thanks,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
I'm sorry for this automated response, but I just wanted to let you know that your email message got to me properly. I get a lot of email, so it does take time for me to read all the letters and rest assured, every letter is read. I'm not able to respond personally to every message, but I do try to answer quite a few and some of those, I post on the website in the Ask Don section. My friends and fans mean a lot to me, so I want to make sure we run a top notch website here for you to enjoy. My friend, Gary Barr, is my webmaster for the site. If you ever have questions concerning the website itself, or other operations questions, please feel free to email Gary at garybarr@don-mattingly.com and he will help you out. Thanks again for writing and visiting my website. I do greatly appreciate all the support that everyone has given my family over the years. We have a lot of great things coming down the road, so I am very happy to share them with you here.
Best Wishes,
Don Mattingly
http://www.don-mattingly.com
P.S. Go Yankees!



GRAND PRIX WRESTLING 

From: Mario
To: Grand Prix Wrestling
Date: 2/21/2002
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I love the Grand Prix. I would love to be able to have an interview with one or more of your wrestlers. I am a gr12 student working on a project, I hope I can do it over the summer.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com
p.s. How do I join Grand Prix wrestling?


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(reply)
Thank you for your support and to answer your question ,next time Grand Prix Wrestling comes to your town try to get a hold of the promoters Mike Zink and Emile Dupre, they'll answer all your questions
World Grand Prix Wrestling



USA BASKETBALL 

From: Mario
To: USA Basketball
Date: 2/21/2002
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I am a true american citizen I am 10 years old and dream of representing my country at the olympics in basketball. But, my dad told me that you guys only take NBA players and to just give up because I will never make it to the NBA. Is this true? Any help for me?
Thank, you,
margreek@hotmail.com


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Dear USA Basketball Fan:
Thank you for your interest in USA Basketball. The players who make up the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team are among the best players in the nation, they have to be because they take on the best in the world! That said, because the best players in the country are found in the NBA, the last three Olympic squads have been comprised mainly of NBA players. I don't know if anyone can truly tell whether a 10-year-old will become an NBA player, or the president of the United States. Your future is yours to build. Look towrads your dreams and never stop studying, practicing and thinking about the future. Also remember that only a small percentage of people in the USA are actually competing in the NBA. There are other ways to make it to the Olympics - as the Olympic team doctor, Olympic team athletic trainer or Olympic team press officer. So keep striving to be your best!



TORONTO ARGONAUTS 

From: Mario
To: Toronto Argonauts
Date: 2/21/2002
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Big Argo's fan. But what's the deal, a little slow of the gate the past few years. I want you boys to win. There is a large group of Argo's fans on the East Coast, what can I do to maintain their support, you guys do tend to ignore us out here.
Thanks


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Thanks for you email. I hope that we do a lot better this year. In total 17 of our 18 games are on tv this year which should make it much easier to follow us. If you have any ideas regarding maintaining support let me know
Jeff Giles President



NICOLE BASS 

From: Mario
To: Nicole Bass
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Nicole,
I love ya, you are a great talent. What are you up to? Any plans to be on Howard Stern again or any wrestling appearances. You have a fantastic body and you are very hot, talk to you soon.
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Will apear on Howard Stern soon within the next week to promote XPW and the Bondage tapes I did for them.
nicole



THE CFL 

From: Mario
To: The CFL
Date: 2/21/2002
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Dear CFL,
Love your product, keep it up! I understand that the CFL may expand, possibly Quebec City or Ottawa, any plans to come up my way to Nunavut?


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Yes the CFL is looking at expanding within Canada in the near future. Ottawa in 2001 is definitely one of our main goals. Other Canadian cities in the future will also be looked at closely. I guess anywhere is possible.
Jeff Dominic,
Communications Coordinator
CFL



MONCTON WILDCATS 

From: Mario
To: Moncton Wildcats
Date: 2/21/2002
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I'm coming to the season finale game between your loser team and the Halifax Mooseheads, is it ok if I come dressed up in a big Moose costum, about 10 feet high? I'll be in the last row of the coliseum so I won't be blocking anyones view.


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Mario
I would say a 10ft moose is a little big and may block the view of fans sitting to your sides and standing along the back. We encourage fans, whether your moosehead fans or Cat fans, to enjoy the game and if you choose to dress up all the better. However, I would have to say that your costume sounds a little too big and I'd recommend that you don't wear it



LONDON WASPS RFC 

From: Mario
To: London Wasps RFC
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey QPR, I'm from Canada and a huge fan. I've been following you for years, you guys are the bomb! as we say in these parts. I was wondering if you ever heard of H.I.S.A, one of the top Greek-Canadian football teams in this country?
Thanks and keep the wins coming,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thanks for your feedback.
Personally I haven't heard of them, but then I am not a big expert on Greek-Canadian football!
Regards,
Jim



GEORGE FOREMAN 

From: Mario
To: George Foreman
Date: 2/21/2002
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George, you are quite a character, you are very funny and make me laugh, you're great! I have a quick question, I love your George Forman grill, it is great as well. My question is that I am an avid hunter and we hunt moose up here. I need a bigger grill so that I can grill-up some of my moose meat, how big do the grills come in, and are there plans for a big mother grill, for those big slabs of meat?
Thanks, your pal, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
We have a few sizes; but Moose? You might have me; I would really love to taste that meat.
Thanks,
George Foreman



KURT ANGLE 

From: Mario
To: Kurt Angle
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Kurt, how are you? I'm a huge fan from Greece, you are very popular here, any plans to drop on by for a visit. Since you did start out as a greco roman wrestler and did participate in the olympics, all started by us Greeks, I think you owe us something. You did go to England and those guys are losers. So all I have left to say is that you are a true Olympic Hero, and since the Olympics are universal, to me you are the "World Hero". Keep up the great work, love to hear from you,
margreek@hotmail.com


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Mario,
Hello!
Hi, Tim Reilly here from T. Reilly Clothing Company. I noticed that you are a professional wrestling fan. I just wanted to drop you a quick shout introducing my company. T. Reilly Clothing Company provides the hottest new clothing for many professional wrestlers and athletes. Every week, you can see the WWF's Matt and Jeff Hardy (The Hardy Boyz) wearing T. Reilly shirts. T. Reilly is worn by many WWF and WCW wrestlers each week. Being a true wrestling fan, I would like to extend a great Christmas offer to you. I have a fresh stock of NEW HARDY BOYZ TEE SHIRTS! I am offering a FREE BELT ($29 value) with every Tee Shirt order. Yes, that is a $29 value - FREE! That's right, a Hardy Tee and a Hardy Belt for one price!! Click the link below to see the unbelievable offer. Hurry, the offer ends soon! This is a great Christmas gift and the shirts are GUARANTEED IN STOCK for immediate delivery (2-3 days USA). Hurry - offer ends 12-29-00. You still have time for Christmas delivery. NEW HARDY BOYZ TEE SHIRT WITH FREE HARDYZ BELT OFFER (CLICK HERE) In addition, please visit our website at www.treilly.com to view the entire T. Reilly Fall/Winter collection. Thank you for your time. Happy Holiday!
Sincerely, Tim Reilly
T. Reilly Clothing Company


DOUG BRIEN 

From: Shane
To: Doug Brien
Date: 2/21/2002
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I'm a huge Saints fan and was really pleased to find your site. It's looking great. I have a question for you. I have a really strong leg and think I could make a go of it as a kicker. I'm 25, and I wonder if that's too old to start a career as a kicker? If not, how should one start to develop proper kicking techniques?
Thanks for your time, and keep knocking them through the uprights for the Saints!Shane


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it's not being 25 that hurts you rather the lack of a college career to prove yourself. The NFL wants to see success at a lower level.
good luck!
doug



RON POWLUS 

From: Mario
To: Ron Powlus
Date: 2/21/2002
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Ron, I've been following you since your early days, I'm a big fan. I'll be visiting Europe for a year soon, and I'd like to see you play. Who do you play for and can you get me some tickets?


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(reply)
Ron is playing for the Amsterdam Admirals. I'm not in direct contact with him, so I don't think he could get you any tickets.
Jeremy



KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR 

From: Mario
To: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Kareem, I'm a huge fan, I think you were the greatest center to ever play the game. As well you are one of my favorite actors, you were great in "Airplane" and that Bruce Lee movie. What advive would you have for me, a Greek b-ball player trying to make it in a tall man's game, but alas I only stand 5"11. Can a guy of my stature be effective? Would the sky-hook work for me? Please share your insight, thanks, a fan always,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Hi, this is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Thank you for your email. I appreciate your comments, however because I am inundated with so many emails it is impossible to respond to each message personally.
Thanks Again,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



JEFF GORDON 

From: Mario
To: Jeff Gordon
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Jeff, you are great. I hope you can help me. Your name containes 2 first names, "Jeff" and "Gordon". I to have 2 first names, "Jim" and my last name is "Gaylord". Kind of a little bond we have wouldn't you say? Anyway, my question is, when you coming to Canada you big loser?
Big Canadian fan, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for contacting us at fanclub@jeffgordon.com I help to coordinate Jeff's fan club, however, I do not know when Jeff will be visiting Canada.
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm of Jeff Gordon!
Josie Muccio
Jeff Gordon Fan Club
Personal Services Division



GREG LOUGANIS 

From: Mario
To: Greg Louganis
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Greg, you are a great diver/Aids/Gay activist. I loved watching you in the Olympics. My question is, what's the story, are you Greek or where you adopted by Greeks? I have heard both stories and I was just curious, thank you my friend,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
I was adopted by Greek Father Scotch-Irish Mother. Hope this helps. Take care.
Greg



ROB VAN DAM 

From: Mario
To: Rob Van Dam
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey Rob what's up? When did you become Mr Pay Per View? I heard that Oscar De La Hoya was calling himself Mr. PPV. You are truly Mr.PPV, here in Greece I'm called Mr PPV, but we have never had one yet so no one really understands what I'm refering to, anyway all the best and kick some ECW ass!
Peace, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
You got it, from Mr Pay Par View(Oscar who?)
Rob Van Dam



DAWN MARIE 

From: Mario
To: Dawn Marie (ECW Valet)
Date: 2/21/2002
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Dawn Marie, you are so hot! I was wondering if you are Greek? Your name surely indicates that. Do you speak Greek? What do you think of there being a Greek-themed wrestler? Love you!
margreek@hotmail.com


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HI.... yes I am Greek. No, I don't speak it. I am second generations here.. My family never taught me.
Dawn Marie



Saturday, November 20, 2004

LENNOX LEWIS 

From: Mario
To: Lennox Lewis
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Lennox, you da man! I was just wondering, I thought you were Canadian, didn't you fight for Canada in the Olympics? Just wondering because I heard you speak the other day but with a British accent, is that a real accent or one of those Gwenyth Paltrow things? What's next for u in the ring?
Cheers, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Lennox has read your message. We'd like to confirm, that is his real accent and reflects his diverse background. He suggests you keep an eye on his website for the latest information on Fight plans.
Kind Regards Yours sincerely
Adrian Ogan
Commercial Manager Lennox Lewis



Wednesday, November 10, 2004

WIMBLEDON 

From: Mario
To: Wimbledon
Date: 2/21/2002
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I'd like to play a game of tennis on the sacred grounds of Wimbleton. How can I play on a court? What are the court fees, can I wear cleats? Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Unfortunately it is not possible to play at Wimbledon. Many thanks for your interest.



JOHNNNY BENCH 

From: Mario
To: Johnny Bench
Date: 2/21/2002
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Dear Mr.Bench,
You are one of my all-time favorite players. I have a question, I hope you will respond to. I'm from Canada and on our volleyball team we have a player who never gets on the court. We refer to him as Johnny Bench, because he's always on the bench. If this offends you in any way I will put a stop to it, thanks, please let me know.
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Dear Mario,
Perhaps you can answer your own question. Did Johnny Bench spend much time on the dugout bench? Thank you for visiting the site and Johnny wishes you the best.
JB5, Inc.



BOSTON MARATHON 

From: Mario
To: Boston Marathon
Date: 2/21/2002
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Boston Marathon, no problem. I'm Greek and we invented the marathon. How do I enroll to run in this so-called marathon. Please tell me the appropriate action I must take, I'm psyched.
Thanks, see u soon,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Sorry, you cannot enter the Boston Marathon at this time. Entries closed on March 1st.
Boston Athletic Association
www.bostonmarathon.org



MARILYN BODOGH 

From: Mario
To: Marilyn C. Bodogh
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Marilyn, how are you?
I have a quick question, I am a skip on my curling team and I need some advice on the type of brush I need to use. Whenever a fellow team mate makes a great shot I give them a little love tap on the behind with my brush. Sometimes they complain about the pain associated with that. They don't mind the loves taps because they appreciate the fact that I acknowledge them. So my question is, if there are any types of brushes that are softer on the behind then others.
Thanks and good luck in 2000,
Mario


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(reply)
Hi Mario,
Don't tap so hard and get a HAMMER broom. that's what I use.
Cheers, Marilyn



NEW YORK ISLANDERS 

From: Mario
To: New York Islanders
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey NY, my brother is a huge Islanders fan. I used to hate them until Aris Brismanis started to play for you guys. He is a hero for all Greeks. Any info on him? He is Greek right? Your organization should be proud :)


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Mario,
Thanks for your e-mail. We are all proud of Aris. The last couple of years have been tough here on the island, and Aris is one of many players who were happy o come here and do their best for the organization. He diligently filled a need at defense for us, and from what I understand, he was a stand-up guy in the lockeroom. Unfortunately, he is presently un-signed, but we hope to add him to our roster soon to continue his good work.
Thanks again for the e-mail. We hope to see you at a game this year.
Kerry Cornils
Manager of Customer Service



HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 

From: Shane
To: Harlem Globetrotters
Date: 3/6/2002
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Hello There,
I am a huge basketball fan and an even bigger Globetrotter fan. You guys put on a great show.
I have a question for you: would you ever have a white player on the 'trotters? I have some decent ballin' skills and would love to be a Globetrotter. We could even have an angle where I try to dunk on a real low net, but can't because I can't jump. The whole white men can't jump angle!
Let me know what you think.
Thanks and keep up the good work,
-Shane


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(reply)
If you are interested in trying out, go the roster section of our website. At the bottom is an area that you click on that provides tryout information.



USA FENCING 

From: Mario
To: USA Fencing
Date: 5/13/2002
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Hi I am a fencer from Canada. I hate it when I tell people that I am a fencer and they assume I put up fences around homes or parks. Is there a better term or another word that describes our excellent sport? I've been using a Mr. Epee but it sounds kind of fruioty. Just let me know if I am missing some vocab, thanks.
Mario


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(reply)
Dear Mario
I don't think we have a term. You could say swordsman ?? or epeeist.
Sarah



THE WNBA 

From: Mario
To: THE WNBA
Date: 6/13/2002
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(message)
Dear WNBA,
I have just recently become a fan of your league. I notice you have the same letters as NBA but with a W in front of it. What does the "W" satnd for? Is it Winter? White? Weiner? Please help me out. In watching your games I notice that the league is comprised mostly of women, a see a few male coaches but other than that, where are the men? Are there not any men good enough to play in your league?
Thanks, Mar Greek


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(reply)
Thank you for contacting the Women's National Basketball Association through WNBA.com, the official website of the WNBA. Your questions and comments are very important to us. Although we may not respond personally to every e-mail, we value your opinion and read every suggestion in order to improve the quality of service fans have come to expect from the WNBA.
We will be sure to forward your e-mail on to the appropriate department.
We appreciate your interest in the WNBA.
Thank you,
WNBA.com



THE IDITAROD 

From: Mario
To: The Iditarod
Date: 6/13/2002
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(message)
Dear Iditarod,
I have heard many Great things about your amazing race. You whip those dogs, make them run across the arctic and starve them like crazy so that some dude can win a race, that's quite amazing. I want to enter this race but lack the necessary ressources. Instead of a sled I want to use a cardboard box and instead of dogs, little 12 year old Greek boys. I am not familiar with the rules of the race, so please let me know how to enter and if I can use my own equipment.
Thanks,
Mar Greek


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(reply)
Iditarod Trail Committee Incorporated
PO Box 870800
Wasilla, Alaska 99687-080
Ph. 907-376-5155
Fax 907-373-6998

The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race shall be an open class race for all dog mushers meeting the entry qualifications as set forth by the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc. Recognizing the varying degrees of experience, monetary support and residence locations of a musher, the Trail Committee shall encourage and maintain the philosophy that the race be constructed to permit all qualified mushers who wish to enter and complete the race to do so. The object of the race is to determine which musher and dogs can cover the race in the shortest time under their own power and without aid of others. That is determined by the nose of the first dog to cross the finish line. To that end, the Iditarod Trail Committee has established the following rules and policies to govern the race.
http://www.iditarod.com/2002_rules___policies.html



RANDY ORTON 

From: Mario
To: Randy Orton
Date: 10/27/2002
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(message)
Hey Randy Orton, you are a great up and coming wrestler. You haven't reached big success yet and you know why? You are not Greek. If you played a "Greek" gimmick you would get over with fans everywhere, and not to mention all the ladies. If you want to change your gimmick fell free, just change your name to Haralambos Ortonis.
Good Luck, Mario


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(reply)
Dear Randy Orton Fan:
Thank you for your well wishes as I recover from my shoulder injury. As you can see, life as a third generation superstar isn't always easy, but thanks to the unrelenting support of all you fans, I should be back in the ring in no time.
Fortunately, just because my shoulder's injured doesn't mean the rest of my body is (if you know what I mean, ladies :) )
Anyway, I digress.
Thanks again,
Randy Orton



Saturday, October 30, 2004

CONNECTICUT 

From: Mario
To: Connecticut
Date: 3/29/2002
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(message)
Hey Connecticut. You have a neat state, is your state the one where Vince McMahon is from? I have 2 other quick questions. (1) Any Greeks in your state? (2) I have a friend named Rich from there, any resources on how I can locate him?
Thanks,
mario@herohill.com


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(reply)
Dear Patron:
Your inquiry was forwarded to me for a response.
Although Vince McMahon was born in North Carolina, he was raised in Greenwich, CT. You can find more biographic information about him at: http://www.askmen.com/men/business_politics/35c_vince_mcmahon.html
The Ancestry tables for the State of Connecticut have not yet been released by the Bureau of the Census for the year 2000. I did, however, find the 1990 figures posted on the website of the Bureau of the Census (www.census.gov). You can try the following link (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsTable?_lang=en&_vt_name=DEC_1990_STF3_DP2&_geo_id=04000US09), but since it's the URL for my search on the Census site, it may not work for you. According to the 1990 Census, there were 26,646 persons of Greek ancestry in the State of Connecticut at that time.
I am afraid that we cannot help you with the search for your friend Rich: shortened first names or nicknames are simply not enough information to work with. I am sorry we could not be of more help in this matter.
Thank you for your interest in Connecticut,
Al Palko
Connecticut State Library
Hartford, Connecticut



NOVA SCOTIA GOVERNMENT 

From: Mario
To: Nova Scotia Government
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi, I need some help. Being in a billingual country that we are, how come in many places in Canada I can't get help or even speak in French. The signs in my city are all in english, nothing here is french, what can I do?


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(reply)
Thank you for your e-mail. I have taken the liberty of forwarding it to your Member of Parliament, Robert Thibault, for his attention.

(reply2)
Dear Mr. Greek,
I appreciated the opportunity to read your e-mail correspondence of May 20, 2001 regarding bilingualism in Canada that was forwarded to me by Aurele Gervais. As the Member of Parliament for West Nova, I always appreciate hearing from the citizens of my constituency and being made aware of their views.
You can be assured that the promotion of Canada's two official languages is an important priority for the Government of Canada. You can be further assured that the promotion our two linguistic communities is an important issue for me personally as the Member of Parliament from West Nova.
Furthermore, as the issue you have raised falls under the general purview of the Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. I have taken the liberty of forwarding your letter to Minister Dion's attention. I am sure the Minister will also appreciate knowing your views.
Once again, I appreciated the opportunity of hearing your views on this matter.
Yours truly,
Robert G. Thibault, M.P
West Nova
Cc. The Honourable Stephane Dion, P.C., M.P.

YVES SAINT LAURENT 

From: Mario
To: Yves Saint Laurent
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Yves Saint Laurent,
I love your clothes, but I have trouble finding them. I live in Halifax Canada. We have an haute couture store, but when I go in there and ask for some of your fashions, they tell me they only care to carry Jean Paul Gauthier and don't care for your clothes. I HATE THEM, WHERE CAN i GET YOUR CLOTHES OVER here? Help!
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Bonjour,
il existe que 2 magasins de haute couture, ils sont en France uniquement.
5 avenue Marceau
75116 Paris
et
boutique haute couture
32 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore
75008 Paris
Best regards,
Pascal - service de presse haute couture



CITY OF HARTFORD 

From: Mario
To: City of Hartford
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello Hartford. I am from Canada and would like to visit your state. But now that the Hartford Whalers are gone should I even bother? Are there other thinhgs in Hartford besides the Whakers? Please let me know, thanks.


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(reply)
Mario,
See if any of this holds an interest http://ci.hartford.ct.us/Attractions/root/ Also Boston and New Haven are worth looking into.



KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 

From: Mario
To: Knights of Columbus
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello Knoghts of Columbus, what type of organization are you? What do I have to do to join? What is your mission. Must I be from Columbus Ohio or a knight? Who can join? Can Greeks join? Please help me.


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(reply)
Dear sir,
This is an organization of Cathoic males over the age of 18 who are in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. If you meet these criteria and wish to join you should approach a local K of C council to inquire.
kofc.org



CHEROKEE NATION 

From: Mario
To: Cherokee Nation
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Cherokee nation,
Good luck in preserving your culture, I to wish to preserve my Greek culture. Any interest in joining forces to form a more powerful Greek-Cherokee culture/nation? Do you have any other ideas?
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Dear Mr. Eleftheros:
Thank you for your e-mail dated May 15th. I have downloaded your e-mail for Principal Chief Chad Smith's review and response.
Respectfully,
Felicia Olaya

O-Si-Yo, I have received your e-mail and will read it as soon as possible.
Chief Chad Smith



HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY 

From: Mario
To: Halifax Regional Municipality
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey HRM, I am Fairview resident and I'd like to promote growth and prosperity in my neibourhood. Is it o.k if I do so, i.e, parties, signage, etc... Also at one time there was a sign on the Dunbrack Highway that showed the direction to Fairview. It has since been taken down in favour of a new road. I think that's unfair to Fairview and for those looking for Fairview. If possible could I have the sign, I am a long time Fairview resident, show us that you care.
Thank you for your time margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Mr. Eleftheros,
Thank you for your email.
We have not been promoting destination signs for communities within the urban core of HRM. This, we believe, is a carryover from pre-amalgamation ('96). Areas such as Spryfield, Armdale, Jollimore, Rockingham and Fairview (as well as others) have neither "place name" nor "destination guide" signs. They became, we believe, part of generic Halifax at the time of Annexation in 1969. We would note that these communities are not identified on the HRM Official Place Name list and are not sure if there are definitive boundaries for these areas either. That is, at what point in the road does one leave Spryfield and enter Jollimore?
The one exception that we are aware of is on Trunk 3 (St.Margaret's Bay Rd.) at Northwest Arm Dr. where these various communities are identified on Guide signs. These signs were produced by others in error at the time of the connector ramp construction and funds were not allotted to correct the sign messages. We expect those corrections will be made during replacement of these signs in years to come. Yours truly,
Taso Koutroulakis, P.Eng.
Traffic Services Supervisor



CANADIAN LEAGUE OF POETS 

From: Mario
To: Canadian League of Poets
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi, I'm a poet a good one for that matter. How do I join the League of Canadian Poets? What must i do, is being a poet all the is required? There is not initiation process is there? I write kick ass haiku's. Please fill me in on the neccesities, thanks.


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(reply)
Hi, You are welcome to the League. What I can suggest you is you may go to our web www.poets.ca and check How to join?
Thanks,
silvana



TORONTO 2008 OLYMPIC BID COMITEE 

From: Mario
To: Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Comitee
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello T.O. I am from Halifax and would love to see Toronto get the Olympics. Is there anything I can do. I have the money to help, in any way possible. Just let me know, I would love to be part of Toronto 2008, thank-you.
margreek@hotmail.com

(message2)
Hey, I'm trying to help you guys out here. If you don't need me help just say so.

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(reply)
Thank you for your encouraging email!
You can help up in any of the following ways:
Volunteer: The Toronto 2008 Bid Volunteer Application Form is available on our Web site under the "Get Involved" section (http://www.to-2008.com/english/section_yellow_1055.asp).
Get your Copy of the Bid Theme Song: http://www.to-2008.com/english/page_blue_1374.asp
Get a TO-2008 screensaver: http://www.to-2008.com/english/page_yellow_1213.asp
Thank you for your support!
Team 2008



COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS 

From: Mario
To: Collinsville, Illinois
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Congratulations Collinsville Illinois, you guys have the largest Catsup Bottle in the world, but what is Catsup. I'm leaning towards it being related to Ketchup, am I on the right track? If not let me know what Catsup is, thanks.
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Yes, Mario, "catsup" is the same as "ketchup" - it is simply a different spelling from days gone by. Years ago the "catsup" spelling was used much much more than it is today. In fact, even the company that makes Brooks Catsup has gone to spelling it "ketchup" these days.
Thanks for writing!



SINGAPORE 

From: Mario
To: Singapore
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Let me get this staight, is Singapore a real country or just some little city. I'd like to visit but I won't go if it's just some small American city where everyone speaks English, can you help me out please.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Singapore is a real country which achieved her independence in 1965. For more info, please check www.stb.com.sg, the singapore tourism board website. thanks.



CYPRUS, CALIFORNIA 

From: Mario
To: Cyprus, California
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello Cyprus, what's up. I want to go to your country but I need some information please. Do I need a passport to enter, any vaccinations? Plus, I have a serious gas problem, I burp and fart often, but most people accept me for who I am but I know that you may have diffrent customes and a different culture, I wish not to offend the locals. Please assist me in this manner, thanks. margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
This is the second message we've received from you. We are not Cyprus.



DAVID DUKE 

From: Mario
To: David Duke
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi David, I'm from Canada so I'm not all that familiar with you. You are the head of some organisation? Or you're a senator or something? I recall seeing you on the news but I forget what for exactly, what's your deal, please help.
Thank you,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
David Duke is the head of the National Organization For European American Rights (NOFEAR) i\and is a former State Representative from Louisiana. You can learn more on his web site at www.davidduke.com
Best regards,
Vincent Edwards
Media Relations/Membership services
National Organization For European American Rights



CITY OF TORONTO 

From: Mario
To: City of Toronto
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Toronto, where is that? I'm from Halifax on the east coast of Canada and I've heard about your city. What is the easiest way to get there? I am a fisherman and would love to sail there with me boat. Are there any laws in your town against this? Please assist me, thank-you
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for your inquiry.
There are certainly no city by-laws which would prevent you from sailing to Toronto from Halifax. I am afraid that I can't give you directions, other than you would need to take the St. Lawrence River and go through the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Access Toronto



MISS AMERICA PAGEANT 

From: Mario
To: Miss America Pageant
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Please help me out here. What is the difference with Miss America, Miss U.S.A, Miss Teen U.S.A, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Greek Godess, I think that's all of them. You guys put on a great pageant but I'm just a little confused, please help.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thanks for writing. We originated in 1921 where the others originated in the early 50's over a spat with a sponsor. We require talent and place a higher emphasis on the individuals ability to promote herself thru her platform.
Tom O'Rourke/Vice President of Production
Miss America Organization



PRESIDENT BUSH 

From: Shane
To: President Bush
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello President Bush,
Congratulations on getting those pilots back from China. I have a question for you. We're a little confused about you up here in Canada. On your American tv shows, that we're forced to watch up here, you're described as not actually being in charge of the country. They say that the vice-president, Dick Charlie, is actually running the country. Surely there's no truth to this! Are these just jokes of some kind?
Thanks for your time and keep up the good work. If you're doing any work in the first place!
-Shane


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(reply)
Thank you for emailing President Bush. Your ideas and comments are very important to him.
Unfortunately, because of the large volume of email received, the President cannot personally respond to each message. However, the White House staff considers and reports citizen ideas and concerns.
Again, thank you for your email. Your interest in the work of President Bush and the new administration is appreciated.
Sincerely,
The White House Office of E-Correspondence



UNITED NATIONS 

From: Mario
To: United Nations
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear UN,
I was the ambassador of my local Rutger Hauer club. We kept peace and order at our meetings with many of the UN policies. I would like to thank you for your worldly contributions and for making the world a decent place. I want to become an ambassador!!!!!!!!!
all the best, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for you encouraging message. Best of luck!



CENSUS OF INDIA 

From: Mario
To: Census of India
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Census of India,
In your last Census taken nobody appraoched me. I think your numbers may be off, will you add me and my girlfriend to the official population numbers please? Do pets count as well?
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Pl intimate your address so that appropriate action may be taken.
ORGI



Friday, October 29, 2004

MISSISSIPPI TOURISM 

From: Mario
To: Mississippi Tourism
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Country of Mississippi,
Hello, my name is Mar and I'm from the state of Alaska. I have heard great things about your wonderful country. I would like to visit it in the near future. Will I need a passport to get in, where is your country exactly, I'd probably be flying because not many countires are near Alaska, LOL! If you could let me know of all the necessary info, visa/vaccinations/currency, etc...I'd greatly appreciate it, thanks.
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thanks for your email. You will want to look at the Department of Economic and Community Development's brochure website where you can order several brochures which may be to your liking: http://www.visitmississippi.org/Litertr/lit.htmThis information centers on tourism, so you can get a lot of good information on the State of Mississippi from them. The site allows you to enter a "regular" mailing address and they will send the information to you or directly to your father. You may also order by calling 1-800-WARMEST. The Travel Planner available there includes suggested itineraries, things to see and do, places to stay, and maps. The tourism section of our site lists information on many attractions and points-of-interest. Make use of the search feature and you should be able to find ample information.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Craig P. Orgeron, CPM
Emerging Technology Coordinator
MS Department of IT Services
Strategic Services Division



DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 

From: Mario
To: Department of Defense
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Department of Defense,
I'm from canada, so I hope you will still answer my question for me. I hear alot of talk about some things called FUO's or OFU's or something, I can't recall the exact name. Do you know aht I'm refering to and what is it?
Address:
Sorry I live in Canada


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(reply)
Dear Mr. Greek:
You may visit our web site on UFOs to obtain information at: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/16.html.
Sincerely yours,
Harold Heilsnis
Director for Public Communication



Wednesday, October 27, 2004

CANADIAN OPERA MUSEUM 

From: Mario
To: Canadian Opera Company
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Canadian Opera Company,
Hi my name is Mario and I would like to audition for your company. I have an excellent voice, I am a tenor, people say I should sing, ten-or 20 miles away!!!! Please give me a chance,
Mario


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(reply)
Dear Mr. Eleftheros,
Thank you for your letter. Please forward your resume and a photograph and we will try to arrange an audition for you.
Yours sincerely,
Vesna Bajic
Administrative Assistant
Music Department
Canadian Opera Company



CANADIAN WARPLANE MUSEUM 

From: Mario
To: Canadian Warplane Museum
Date: 4/24/2002
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(message)
Hi, I have a quick question. I have an old warplane just sitting in my back yard. How can I contribute it to your meseum. I have pics if you like. Do you take donations? I really have no need for it, and it's not in that bad of a condition.
Please let me know, Mario


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(reply)
Good Morning,
Thank you for thinking of us - what type of aircraft is it? If you could e-mail some pictures it would be most helpful.
Also, where are you located?
Look forward to hearing further from you.
Pamela Rickards
Deputy Director
CANADIAN WARPLANE HERITAGE MUSEUM



JESSE VENTURA 

From: Mario
To: Jesse Ventura
Date: 4/30/2002
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(message)
Dear Jesse Ventura, or should I say my fellow Greek. You are Greek, correct? Why would you hide the fact that you are Greek, are you ashamed? What's the story behind your roots?


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(reply)
I was born James Janos on July 15, 1951 to Sgt. George Janos, a steamfitter for the City of Minneapolis, and First Lt. Bernice Janos, a nurse anesthetist. I grew up in the south Minneapolis Longfellow neighborhood, attended Cooper Elementary School, Sanford Junior High and graduated from Roosevelt Senior High School in 1969.



SOUTH DAKOTA 

From: Mario
To: South Dakota
Date: 6/13/2002
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(message)
Hello, I am from Canada. I am considering taking my first ever trip to the US but am very unfamiliar with your state. I have heard of North Dakota, but South Dakota? Never knew it existed. I am not trying to offend, but a tourist bureau told me to stay away from all southern states because the Greek slave trade was only recently abolished. Should your state be avoided?
I am simply looking for rest and relaxation with some fun mixed in.
Please help me out, thanks.


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(reply)
Many of our friends from Canada visit South Dakota! South Dakota has many GREAT things to see and do throughout the whole state. For an overview, please see our website: www.travelsd.com
For a South Dakota Vacation Guide, which includes a highway map, please send me your name and mailing address.
Thank you for your interest in South Dakota!



NASA 

From: Mario
To: NASA
Date: 9/14/2002
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(message)
Hi, my name is Mario. I am from Greece and am concerned about Greeks in space. My question concerns whether there are any plans for a Greek astronaut or an american astronaut of Greek descent to enter space with your program. The reason I ask is because there is an ancient prophecy dating back to around 3200 B.C that states that any Greek entering the realm of the higher Gods (i.e space/galaxy) will face mass destructing from our Gods and fulfill an eternity of life in exile. So as you see my concern is ligitimate, if in fact you have some belief in this ancient prophecy. So for my own concern, could you please help me out and let me know.
Thanks!


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(reply)
Thank you for your interest in NASA! We value your comments and questions. Due to the overwhelming volume of mail we receive each day, our response may take some time. In the meantime, check our subject index for further help:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasaorgs/subject_index.html.



USDA 

From: Mario
To: USDA
Date: 3/11/2003
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(message)
Dear US Government,
I recently visited the States and ate some chicken, and I have since become very ill. Through expert Canadian medical advice they say I have Mad Chicken Disease. If I die I will sue the US like crazy. Instead of sueing, I am willing to accept a voucher for free chicken at KFC.
Thanks,
Mar Greek


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(reply)
Dear Mr. Greek,
All chickens found in retail stores are either inspected by USDA or by state systems which have standards equivalent to the Federal government. Each chicken and its internal organs are inspected for signs of disease. The "Inspected for wholesomeness by the U.S. Department of Agriculture" seal insures the chicken is free from visible signs of disease. Inspection is mandatory but grading is voluntary. Chickens are graded according to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service regulations and standards for meatiness, appearance and freedom from defects. Grade A chickens have plump, meaty bodies and clean skin, free of bruises, broken bones, feathers, cuts and discoloration.
FSIS Food Safety Education Staff



ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 

From: Mario
To: Alcoholics Anonymous
Date: 3/11/2003
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(message)
Dear AAA,
I am confused, I recently became a member of AAA. They promised to give me auto assistance if I ever had car troubles, there was no mention of alcohol. I do drink but its not a problem! All I want is automobile assistance and not a 12 step program of mt drinking habits. I mean I do get loaded some times (maybe once a month) and get into a fight or 2 but by no means is it a problem. Anyway, just fix my car!!!
Mario E.


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(reply)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.



NOBEL PRIZE 

From: Mario
To: Nobel Prize
Date: 3/25/2003
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(message)
Hi, just a quick question, has a Greek ever one a Nobel Prize? The reason I ask is that I feel that my cousin Niko can be a candidate, but first off, what are the credentials? How does one get noticed?
Thanks,
Mario
P.S. Great Site!!


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(reply)
Dear Mario,
The following Greeks have won the Nobel Prize;
1963, Literature, Giorgos Seferis
1979, Literature, Odysseus Elytis
To be considered for a Nobel Prize you have to be nominated by a person who has the right to make nominations. Every year thousands of persons are invited to make nominations, and they have to do so before February 1, the same year the prize is going to be awarded. You will find more information about the nomination procedure under each prize category on our website, www.nobelprize.org.
Best regards
Annika Ekdahl



KANSAS TOURISM 

From: Mario
To: Kansas Tourism
Date: 3/25/2003
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(message)
Hi, I am from Canada and was planning a trip to Kansas. The only things I know of your country is the reference in "The Wizard of Oz"..."we're not in Kansas anymore..." Does that have any special significance? Anyway, I hope to come this summer, where is the best place to visit?
Thanks, Mario


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(reply)
Dear Mr Eleftheros....
The line in the movie "The Wizard of Oz," 'We're not in Kansas anymore,' is a poke at the stereo-typical perception of Kansas as being "colorless"..... i.e. boring, flat, uninteresting. The movie is black and white at the beginning and at the end..... while in Kansas. When Dorothy and Toto step out of the house, which has crashed down into the Land of Oz, the movie suddenly changes over to color... thus Dorothy's remark to Toto.... "We're not in Kansas (i.e. a dull, uninteresting place) anymore!"
Of course the problem with stereo-types is that they're not often true when one looks at the big picture. So I hope you're able to make it down to Kansas to make the decision of how "colorful" we are on your own!
A big help in deciding what to do/see would be getting a copy of the Kansas Getaway Guide. You can order it from the Kansas Dept of Commerce & Housing at:
http://www.travelks.org/guide.asp
Also... on the same site toward the top of the screen you'll find a couple links, POINTS OF INTEREST and TRAVEL ARTICLES. Click on these to read/see a bit more.
I hope this has been of help to you.
Sincerely,
Bill Sowers



Thursday, October 21, 2004

DAVE MATHEWS BAND 

From: Mario
To: Dave Mathews Band
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey Dave Mathews band. I just recently got into your music, and I think it rocks! One question, is Dave Mathews a real person? I heard he is Greek, is this true? Keep on rockin! margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for writing Dave Matthews Band. At this time we are unable to respond to the vast amount of fan mail we are receiving. If you would like more information on tour dates, the Warehouse and ticketing, or other news about the band, please visit the web site http://www.davematthewsband.com. The band greatly appreciates your interest and we will resume answering general mail in the near future. If you have a Warehouse customer sevice concern, please email whcs@davematthewsband.com. Thanks again for writing and all the best.



THE TRAGICALLY HIP 

From: Mario
To: The Tragically Hip
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Quick question, what's the story with "New Orleans is Sinking"? It's got to be a metaphor for something, I heard it refers to the old Three's Company rivalry between Suzanne Sommers and the show. I understand you guys are big fans as am I of Three's Company and of your music. Please assist me, you guys rock!
Thanks, Mario


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Mario,
New Orleans - the city is sinking. That is the basis of the song.
http://explorezone.com/archives/00_01/19_new_orleans.htm
http://abcnews.go.com/onair/CloserLook/wnt000829_neworleans_feature.html
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DyeHard/dyehard000202.html
TTH



ANNE MURRAY 

From: Mario
To: Anne Murray
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi, I love Anne Murray! I am from Oxford Nova Scotia and there is a rumour that you are actually from Oxford and not Springhill, is this accurate? If so the sign entering Springhill would have to be changed? Please help me in this matter. margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for taking the time to write. Please be assured that I do read my fan mail and every effort is made to respond to each one. If you do not receive a personal reply, you can be certain it's due only to my rigorous schedule on the road and in the recording studio.
Sincerely, Anne



LOU BEGA 

From: Shane
To: Lou Bega
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello, I was just wondering if Lou Bega will be putting out any new music? I really liked his mombo song, but I was afraid he might be a one hit wonder. Please tell me this isn't true.
Thanks,
-Shane


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(reply)
Hi Shane!
thanks for your e- mail.
Lou was working very hard and since April 28th 2001 his new album "Ladies and Gentlemen" is in store (in Germany). It`s a great new album with lots of fantastic songs, which you should check out as soon as possible!!
Best regards
Your Lou Bega Fan Club



LIONEL RITCHIE 

From: Mario
To: Lionel Richie
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi Lionel, I am a huge fan. Do people call you Ritchie Rich at all? I heard your doing a duet with Britany Spears, any truth to that? Keep the music coming!
thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thank you for your interest in Lionel Richie. To answer your question, there are no plans at this time for Lionel Richie to do a duet with Britney Spears.
Lionel Richie's new album, Renaissance, was released in the USA on March 20, 2001 and in Europe and several other countries over the past several months. The album and singles have been working their way up the charts in dozens of countries. We are so pleased! This is great news!
You can log onto CDNow.com , GetMusic.com, Amazon.com, TowerRecords.com and find many Lionel Richie and Commodore releases available for purchase. Imports, singles, interviews, special and rare releases are available!! The web site addresses are: http://www.cdnow.com, http://www.getmusic.com, http://amazon.com, http://www.towerrecords.com. Just click onto the site then input Lionel Richie or Commodores into the SEARCH BY section that says: ARTIST.
Lionel Richie is currently doing a few US radio station concerts along with various interviews to support Renaissance. A fall US tour is anticipated. We will post additional tour dates on the web site as soon as they are added. We will also Email fans informing them that the tour dates have been announced and to check the web sites for tour dates in their cities. Please visit the web site for the latest touring information http://www.lionelrichie.com.
Enter to win a collection of autographed Lionel Richie CD's!! The link is now up on the Island Records site: http://lionelrichie.islandrecords.com. Click on the link then click the Contest button in the upper right hand corner. A window will pop up which will enable you to enter the contest. GOOD LUCK!!
We have joined the modern age! We are utilizing Lionel's websites (US and UK sites) as a resource for Lionel Richie fans rather than having a separate Fan Club. Please fill out the information on the FAN page on www.lionelrichie.com to receive regular updates on Lionel.
JUST ADDED TO THE US WEB SITE: A section for fans to find out information about purchasing tour merchandise (t-shirts, concert programs etc...). We are also currently working on a screen saver for fans to download. Please be sure to visit the Official Lionel Richie Worldwide Headquarters web site often for updates and new features: http://www.lionelrichie.com
Thank you for you support!
Best regards,
Lionel Richie Worldwide Headquarters
LIONEL RICHIE
RENAISSANCE
AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
Purchase your CD today!!!



JAN HAMMER 

From: Mario
To: Jan Hammer
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
I am a huge fan well, I was. I haven't heard from Hammer in a while. What happened to you since "Can't Touch This". You are a great dancer, when did you start doing instrumental music? Please fill me in on the latest with Hammer, thank-you.


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(reply)
Jan Hammer and MC Hammer are not the same person!!



TOTO 

From: Shane
To: ToTo
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello,
I'm sure you've been asked this a million times, but why did you name your band after the dog in The Wizard of Oz? My colleagues and I have a number of theories, but I thought I'd come right to the source.
Thanks,
-Shane


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(reply)
Shane,
the band was not named after the dog. The band was seraching for a name when Jeff Porcaro saw the movie the wizard of Oz on TV.He didn't care for the the dog he just liked the name..the next day he met with the other band members and he said what about "Toto". David Hungate who knew Latin said that "toto" in Latin means "all encompassing", so it is an accurate name for a band who wants to do all kinds of musical styles.
Check the history on the website for questions like that.
Best regards
Mark



THE B25'S 

From: Shane
To: The B52's
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello,
My friend Mario says that the song "Love Shack" refers to an actual place, or shack if you will. I think he's crazy and the song is simply a metaphor. Perhaps you can help answer this, I can't find info about this anywhere.
Thanks,
-Shane


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(reply)
Shane -
While the song speaks of a ficticious place, the "shack" used in the video DID exist, until recently, when it was torn down. I know a few people that have the actual pieces from the shack.
Shon
theb52s.com



EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE 

From: Mario
To: Earth, Wind, and Fire
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey guys how are you doing? Just wanted to say that I love your music and that I'm in a band of my own. Our name is Soil, Breeze and Flames, are we stepping on your toes with that name.


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(reply)
Your mail regarding I love your music has been received.
Thank you for visiting the official Earth, Wind and Fire web site, we're always updating it so please come back soon. Please forgive us if we can't always email you back personally, but we read every email and want to thank you for taking the time to send a note.
For those of you asking about Maurice, he is currently working profusely in the studio on our next album due out in 2000.
Concert dates can be found at the following URL: http://www.earthwindandfire.com/dates.htm Please note that concert dates are subject to change.
Love and Peace, Earth, Wind and Fire
http://www.earthwindandfire.com



SLOAN 

From: Mario
To: Sloan
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hey Sloan, where have you been? What's the latest? Remember me, I had a few drinks with you guys back in the summer of 99 at the Marquee. I haven't heard from you guys since, did I do something wrong? I've been on the road a bit as well, but drop me an email and let me know what's up with you boys.
Keep it real!
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Mario,
Thanks for your letter. Unfortunately this is e-mail is not read by the members of Sloan. I am their tour manager and help to run their record company. We have been really busy lately with tour across Canada and Europe. They are now back in the studio working on new material for an album exprected to be released sometime in 2000. Things are pretty busy in the Sloan camp. If you would like to write to the guys directly, feel free to use the old fashioned mailing address below.
Thanks for your letter.
Mike Nelson
murderecords/SLOAN



JULIAN LENNON 

From: Mario
To: Julian Lennon
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hi, I'm not all that familiar with Julian, but I would like to. I would like to interview him for my web site and gather his views on Greeks. Could you please let me know, if you need more info let me know and I'll make all the necessary arrangements, thanks
mario@herohill.com


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(reply)
Derek Gibson wrote:
Mario,
Regrettably Julian is not available for interviews at the present time. He gets many requests but has to decline owing to other obligations.



SAMANTHA FOX 

From: Mario
To: Samantha Fox
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello Sammy, if I may call you that. I am a huge fan, I have all your recordings, posters, etc... I even saw you in concert many years ago in Halifax. I was one of the fortunate ones to get backstage passes and I got to meet you. It was the biggest thrill of my life, I love you, but you said you would return again one day to Halifax. Have you and did I miss you? I hope not, but I do hope you will come again, maybe we can do lunch?
You're biggest fan, I love you, Margreek


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(reply)
Margreek,
Thanks for your email. No, I havent been back to Halifax but there will be new gig dates coming up soon. They will be posted on my website, www.samfox.com best wishes
Sam



ACE OF BASE 

From: Mario
To: AceOfBase.net
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
They say you are the info guru, what kind of info can you relate to us? All I want to know is who is sleeping with who in Ace of Base?
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Sorry, we don't deal with the band's private lives...



FRENCHKISS 

From: Frenchkiss
To: Mario
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Big french music fan, but I need your opinion about something, who would win in an arm wrestle, Mitsou or Celine Dion? There is no way Mitsou would lose, but a buddy of mine thinks Dion would win. Could we have your opinion please? By the way love the show. Could you please play some one who I think is better than both of them, Ophelie Winter.
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
HI,
I think you are absolutely right! Mitsou would kick Celine's butt! Anyway, we will be playing a video for you on Tuesday, June 13th, 11:30 EST. Don't forget to watch and thank you for all your support!
Andree
UA
FrenchKiss



BRYAN ADAMS 

From: Mario
To: Bryan Adams (fan club)
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Hello Mr. Adams,
I love your music, you are terrific! I recently heard you did some photography, I am a photographer as well. I saw you in concert once and took some photos, in one it appears that you are scratching your private area. I have no use for this photo, I can either eliminate it or give it to you, would you care for ir? If not I'll trash it.
Thanks, keep up the great music, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
A photo of bryan scratching his crotch? Could be kind of fun to have around. If you'd like to send it here that would be fine. Let me know if you need our mailing address.
michelle
club director



LAMBCHOP 

From: Mario
To: Lambchop
Date: 2/21/2002
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(message)
Dear Lambchop,
As a child growing up I idolized you. You were fantastic! Ever hear of Ed the Sock, he's a hand puppet as well. I think he has a vendetta against you, do you know who he is?
Peace and love, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Hello Mario,
I believe you have the wrong lambchop. We are a musical group and not the sock puppet.
-Thanks



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