GREETINGS! In your hands you hold the debut issue of our new newsletter, the TMBG Information Bulletin! If you'd like to continue receiving it (along with other useful and interesting info about "Brooklyn's Ambassadors Of Love") send 4 self-addressed stamped legal size envelopes to :TMBG Information, P.O. Box 110533, Williamsburgh Stattion, Brooklyn, NY 11211. If you're writing from outside the US send 4 self-addressed stamped envelopes and 4 international response coupons (available at your local post office). By the way, John & John have asked us to thank everyone who sent them cards and letters.
WE RECEIVE A LOT OF LETTERS ASKING "Who's the old guy in the videos with the funny looking head?" Exhaustive research reveals that he's Wiliam Allen White, known in his day as "America's most famous small-town newspaperman." Editor and publisher of the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette from the 1890's until the 1940's, White's editorials were widely reprinted. He was best known for an 1896 editorial attacking perennial Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan and a tribute he wrote for his daughter Mary, who was killed in a horseback riding accident at age 17. (some of you may remember a made-for-TV movie about her life which aired about 10 or 15 years ago.) Although he was a life-long Republican, White was nevertheless a strong supporter of Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's social and economic reforms. White died in Emporia on January 29, 1944.
WE ALSO GET A LOT OF LETTERS ASKING why the "Istanbul (Not Constantinople) EP isn't available on cassettes or vinyl. The decision to release "Istanbul" only on CD was made by our record company. You can write and ask them to explain it (and other mysteries of the record business ) to you. Their address is: Elektra Entertainment, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019.