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PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT Send Business Cards
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0309.  Monday, 4 April 1994.
 
[SHAKSPEReans, I apologize for sending out the earlier message as the
response below explains.  --HMC]
 
(1)     From:   Seth Gordon <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Apr 94 13:06:37 -0400
        Subj:   DO NOT SEND BUSINESS CARDS TO "CRAIG SHERFOLD"
 
(2)     From:   Ellen Edgerton <EBEDGERT@SUADMIN>
        Date:   Monday, 04 Apr 1994 13:17 ET
        Subj:   A note about Craig Shergold
 
 
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From:           Seth Gordon <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Apr 94 13:06:37 -0400
Subject:        DO NOT SEND BUSINESS CARDS TO "CRAIG SHERFOLD"
 
(I'm cc'ing this to 
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particular chain letter, I believe that *all* organizations that give people
Internet access should warn them not to pass along this message.  Either Delphi
does not give its new users such a warning, or <
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attention to it.)
 
/ I received a letter in the mail that really touched me.
 
Please contact whoever sent that letter and tell them to stop passing along
this request.
 
/The letter was written as follows:
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Hardy M. Cook                            Bowie State University
Editor of SHAKSPER                       Associate Professor of English
SHAKSPER@utoronto.bitnet                 
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/I am participating in a request that a business card be sent to Craig Sherfold
/at the address below. Seven year old Craig has a tumor and has a little time
/left to live....
 
The original version of this letter asked for postcards, not business cards,
and they asked for the cards to be sent directly to Craig's home town in the
U.K., not to Make-A-Wish Foundation.  And I believe that the correct spelling
of his last name is "Shergold".
 
Craig is now a teenager, his tumor has been successfully removed, his local
post office is *still* being inundated with postcards, and Guinness has
announced that they will no longer include "most postcards received" as a
category in their world-record books.  _The New York Times_ has even published
an article about this out-of-control chain letter.
 
/Please take time to send Craig one of your business cards and mail
/this request to another twenty businesses of your choice. Surely, this
/wish is worth a few minutes of your time. Only twenty names to fulfill
/a little boys dream.
 
If you've already sent out such a request, please send out letters of
retraction.
 
/I thought I might take it to the next level and show them what the internet
/was all about.
 
Many other people have already done this.  I've been seeing these letters for
Craig circulate on the net for *years*.
 
If you want to help sick children, why not donate real money to UNICEF?
 
I wish I could add some pithy Shakespearian tag here....
 
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From:           Ellen Edgerton <EBEDGERT@SUADMIN>
Date:           Monday, 04 Apr 1994 13:17 ET
Subject:        A note about Craig Shergold
 
Regarding the request that was posted on this LISTSERV (and others, I presume)
about Craig Shergold, the little boy who needs your business cards:  Please do
not send them.  This request is years old, and they no longer want cards sent
to him.  (As I understand it, the boy recovered...)  The upshot is, this family
has been swamped with cards they no longer want or need, and they've been
trying for years to quash this request, which has been propagated over the
years by well-meaning folks.
 
(We now return you to SHAKSPER, already in progress...)
 

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