Weekly Round-Up #36
February 6th, 2012 | Itoi
Many years ago, when Shigesato Itoi’s Hobonichi site was just starting out, there was a mailbag-type section on the site which posted e-mails from readers. In 2000 this message was posted, all in English:
Hello, Mr. Itoi!
My name is Melanie Slater and I am a mentor for a 12 year old boy named Julian Griffith, who is a student at Quincy Junior high School.
His literacy class required that a business letter be written to someone whom he didn’t know, but admired. He picked you (after some investigation), because he loves the game EARTHBOUND so much. Since we could not find an address for you, we opted to send his letter via e-mail, which was okayed by his teacher.
Thank you for taking the time to read the folowing letter, and, hopefully, you can find time to answer him. He needs all the positive reinforcement he can get! He comes from a near-poverty situation, with a single-parent mother who works two jobs.
Dear Mr. Itoi:
My name is Julian and I really love the game you made, EARTHBOUND. I rented it from Frese’s Videos, and right now I have late charges on it, so I have to take it back. I like the characters like the Bubble Monkey, Alex, Holly, Rover, John and Kato. Hey, you’re really cool, too!
Are you coming out with a new game? If you are, I would like to buy it, but I would have to rent it because our Nintendo factory got burned down.
If you can, please e-mail Mrs. Slater, my mentor, and tell her about any new game you might be making.
Thank you for your help, I appreciate it.
You can see the post here if you’re interested. Right after the post, the mailbag person is like (paraphrased), “Whoa, an all-English message. If anyone knows how we can contact whoever sent this, please let us know. It sounds like they’re calling Itoi cool!”
Anyway, I wonder whatever happened to Julian and if someone ever put them in contact with each other. I really hope so 🙂
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