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Fan Letters ~ January, 1987

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To Simon,

I need your recipe to the Golden Airplane because I want to make one.

Casey R., age unknown, Quitman, Texas, USA ~ January, 1987

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To Mr. Wizard,

I like to watch the wizard. I've always wanted to really know if you made toys. My brother Chris likes you too.

Benjamin F., age 7, Brackney, Pennsylvania, USA ~ January 29, 1987

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To David,

"The Wizard" is one of my very favorite shows. You are one of my very favoirte actors on television. You are a really great actor. Do you like portraying "Simon"? "Simon" is one of my very favorite characters on television. I watch "The Wizard" every week.

Janet H., age 25, Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ January 26, 1987

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To 20th Century Fox,

I have seen Priscilla Weems on the Wizard, & I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed her very much. I thought she played the part very well. We would like to see more of her. We watch the show every chance we get. I think its great.

Dan F., age unknown, Brounsville, Oregon ~ January 30, 1987

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To David,

I like your show. We watch it every week. Do you give away your toys you make? If so send the talking parrot please.

Thank you.

Joel B., age unknown, Wallingford, Vermont, USA ~ January 27, 1987

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To Writers & Producers,

I wanted to write & tell you how much I enjoy "The Wizard". The show is wonderful. It makes me feel so warm & I can't help but smile even thinking about it.

The cast is marvelous. Doug Barr is so strong & handsome. I'd trust him to walk me home on a dark night. Fran Ryan is so spunky & sweet. And, lastly but not at all least David is fantastic. He has a a magical presence & warmth that leaps off the screen & embraces you.

I just had to write & tell you how bubbly the show makes me feel. I think that with reality being what it is these days - dull & depressing - we really need "The Wizard" & his magic. It kind of makes you feel that everything will be okay. I'm grateful for that.

Once again, thank you so much for making my Tuesday nights so special.

Kathy C., age unknown, Clintondale, New York, USA ~ January, 22, 1987

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To David,

I am a 32 year old single parent of two beautiful daughters. And this is my first "fan letter". But I had to write & say "You make our week."

Even if you never see this letter, whoever handles your mail will know that this mom & her girls, and even my mother, love your show. And if (God forbid) it is ever cancelled, all hell is gonna break lose!

It is the first program that handles love & imagination with finesse. Your show handles people with un-bigoted & un-prejudice kid gloves. But the show also tells us that everyone is different in one way or another. Your show has shown me I can do or be anything I want to be.

We have never been so attracted to a T.V. program or a person on T.V. as we have been with "The Wizard" or you.

If you are half as nice as your character, you are one hell of a man. And we wish you long sucess.

We also agree that at least one script should give the "Wizard" a love interest. To me you are a very sexy man!

Patsy H. & Family, age 32, Doraville, Georgia, USA ~ January 8, 1987

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To David,

It is with considerable coaxing from my nephew that I am writing to tell you how much we enjoy your performance on the Wizard. Since Adam (age 8) first introduced me to the show a few months ago, we have both become addicted, although our reasons are quite different. Adam loves the robots & holograms Simon creates & thinks the episodes are "Rad!" I, on the other hand, appreciate the positive messages & philosophies your show brings to young viewers like Adam. We've had many marvelous discussions spring from some of your shows. Thankx!

You are a very handsome & talented man.

Dahli S., age 29, Fountain Valley, California, USA ~ January 7, 1987

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To Wizard,

I am an eighth grade student. I am a very big fan of yours. My favorite episode was when you invented the bionic dog.

Chris B., age unknown, Mt. Orab, Ohio, USA ~ January 5, 1986

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To Simon,

I really like your show!!!! Your show is my favorite show because I like your toys & how you act. On Monday I can't wait till Tuesday because your show is on. I like to see what toy you have used & what toy you make. What do you like to do? Well I better go so I can mail this letter. Bye!!

Angela B., age 10, Righby, Idaho, USA ~ January 9, 1987

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To David,

This lady me is 59 years light & feel like a young girl. Thank you for bringing me so much joy in my heart. Thank the cast all of you are just great.

Harriet J., age 59, Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ January 6, 1987

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To David,

I just like to tell you how much I enjoy your show. All those different devices you use are quite interesting. Are any of them your ideas?

Curtis M., age unknown, Everett, Washington, USA ~ January 7, 1987

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To David,

There are two reasons why I am writing to you. The first reason is that I am sort of feeling sorry for you because I don't think you are getting a lot of fan mail or the respect that you should get. The second reason, which is also the main reason, is I admire your acting & your show, "The Wizard". In a way, the show tells people that you don't have to be completely grown-up to have fun (personality wise).

Joy C., age unknown, Oneida, New York, USA ~ January 9, 1987

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To People Responsible for The Wizard,

I've never written a letter like this before, but I stumbled across this program a couple of weeks ago & was astounded by the quality of the values underlying the plot lines, the general intelligence reflected in the writing, & the incredibly wonderful character created by David Rappaport.

I haven't had much respect for series in the past, & had stopped even checking out the new ones the last couple of seasons since they seemed to be so much the same. I don't know who is responsible for the concept & for the quality of the writing on The Wizard but whoever they are, they need to be recognized & encouraged. PLEASE keep it up.

I had seen David Rappaport in the past in various roles & always thought he brought a nice quality of intelligence & depth to whatever role he was playing, but in this one he is positively luminous. He must be doing something right with his "real" life to be able to project at the level that he does in this role - wisdom, caring, intelligence, commitment, humor, & above all a quality of spirit - which is much easier to recognize than to define. It cheers me up just watching his expressions - I have to remind myself that I'm watching a weekly network series.

I'm not a big TV watcher, & I haven't read anything about the series in TV Guide or elsewhere, & I'm afraid I don't know the name of the actress who plays the main female role. I have a feeling she could be even more effective if she were allowed to be a little more eccentric & colorful as well as playing the mothering role. If she were allowed to develop her intuitive faculties, she could make a great foil for Simon, since a man of his advanced sensibilities would certainly appreciate that kind of resource. Her "crustiness" against Simon's gentleness is a nice polarity, & could be even more effective if she could "kick back" a little more rather than doing quite so much in the way of worrying & concerned expressions.

I'm sorry again that I don't know the name of the young "Dudley Do-Right" type who is the third main character. He seems to be the vehicle of conventional action which is being used in unconventional ways under the supervision of Simon. If it were made more obvious that he was someone who tends to see things in a more ordinary way, & that he is coming up against two other characters who see things from different, more unusual perspectives, the interplay could be very interesting as it gradually dawns on him what he is involved in. If he just takes these unusual qualities in his co-workers for granted, a lot of the impact is lost.

Forgive me if my observations are limited because I haven't seen this program from the beginning. I wish I had. I also wish whoever has the responsibility for designing advertising for this series would exploit the fact that there is a large & growing population of people out here who would very much appreciate Simon's "magical" qualities, integrated as they are with what seems to be a well-developed, consistent & balanced value system which, so far as I have seen, actually permeates the plot instead of just being grafted on to a standard action/adventure format.

Thank you, whoever you all are, & I hope you & your series may prosper.

Laurel T., age unknown, Walnut Creek, California, USA ~ January 9, 1987

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To Wizard,

I like the Wizard show. It is awesome. I like when you use the race car. That is cool. The helicopter is neat. The lady is strong. I wouldn't want to fight with her.

I'm in third grade.

Chris W., age unknown, Naples, Florida, USA ~ January 29, 1987

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To Sirs,

I greatly enjoy The Wizard. I feel the ingenuity & flow of the show is great. I really enjoy the interaction between Doug Barr & David Rappaport.

The way the show flows along brings joy to my viewing. I find the plots interesting & have not had a disappointment yet. I do feel this is high among my favorite shows.

You constantly come up with innovative ideas & the gimmickry of The Wizard fits in to provide solutions. It is a brilliant program & I am pleased to be a very loyal viewer.

Richard C., age unknown, Concord, New Hampshire, USA~ January 21, 1987

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To Sarah Douglas,

I enjoyed watching you on The Wizard.

You are a talented actress & it is nice to see you perform. You did a great job in your role. Hope to see you in many future projects.

Tom D., age unknown, Worthington, Minnesota, USA ~ January, 1987

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To David,

Hi. I like the things you make on The Wizard. I think you're a good actor, too.

I think you're the greatest actor on earth. I like you very much. You're my best movie star.

Jeff R., age 11, Newburgh, Indiana, USA ~ January 14, 1987

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To Wizard,

I was wondering if you would ask the person that is in charge if he or she would put the show on earlier because I have to go to bed at 8:30. Thank you, Wizard.

Nathan S., age unknown, Franklinville, New York, USA ~ January 13, 1987

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To David,

Congratulations on having your show picked up by CBS for the rest of the season!

I've been a fan of "The Wizard" from show #1, & I was pretty upset when your show kept being pre-empted this past fall. I don't watch a lot of network TV, but I do watch "The Wizard" every week.

It's hard to define exactly what I like best about your show, but the real "heart" of the show especially appeals to me - & the way that everyone really seems to be enjoying working on "The Wizard".

My favorite episode, so far, is "Daydream Believer". I'm a former school teacher like yourself, so I could really relate to the story.

I haven't written anybody a fan letter since I was a kid - but what am I saying? I'm still very much a kid at heart.

I don't have any children to watch "The Wizard" with me. It's one of the few shows on TV that I would allow a child to watch.

Best wishes to you & "The Wizard".

Elizabeth R., age 34, Wetumpka, Alabama, USA ~ January 30, 1987

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To David,

I really love your show, I was so glad when you came back on the air again. I really think Robbie Rist, who guest starred on your show, was a very good actor. I really think you are a very great actor, & I think you are so wonderful. And when you made a seeing eye dog that also was a great show. But all your shows are great. Please stay on the air. I'm glad you are on channel 6 at 8:pm please stay there on tuesday nights. Thank you David.

Mrs. Dale G., age unknown, Schenectady, New York, USA ~ January 3, 1987

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To Fran Ryan,

Thank you for contributing to a very good program. You add real character to the plot. It is great to see a mature woman act both competenly & compassionately. Keep up the good work. I hope I can continue to watch you for a long time.

Thank you again for being such a wonderful person.

To David,

You are wonderful as the Wizard. It is nice to brains win over violence for a change. your compassion for all sorts of people is a good example for everyone. Besides, your program is quite interesting & good entertainment. I hope I can continue to watch you solve problems inventively for a long time.

Margaret F., age unknown, Butte, Montana, USA ~ January 9, 1987

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To David,

I watch your show every Tuesday. I like your inventions. I also like your airplane.

Jeremy W., age unknown, Forest City, Iowa, USA ~ January 29, 1987

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To Wizard,

I really like your show! It's the greatest! I have never missed a show yet. I'm a real fan . . . or can you tell! Your inventions are the most. Who thinks them up?

Does that game in your show called "Never Give Up" really exist?

Can I order that game yet?

My little brother, Casey, 4 years old, loves your show, too. He cries when he can't see it. So we record it for him & play it after he takes his nap. He says he would like to play at your house. Don't blame him at all!

Lorrin F., age 11, Hillsboro, Oregon, USA ~ January, 1987

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To David,

I am one of your loyal fans who has not missed a single episode of "The Wizard" & who would do everything to avoid letting anything - including my work schedule! - get between me & the television on Tuesday evenings! When "The Wizard" didn't appear for a few weeks in December, I voiced my protest to CBS. I want you to know how much I love the show, so I'm going to enclose a photocopy of the letter I sent. And I want to emphasize even more what I wrote in that letter.

I don't believe there is another show series like "The Wizard" on television - "The Wizard" is unique. I am disgusted with TV Guide, which is the only major publication that I know of for network television, because, aside from the fall preview descriptions & the actual program listings for each week, it hasn't said one word about "The Wizard", while it has given whole "Review" pages over to series that didn't even start the season & even to, as I remember, a fishing show - ahem!

I think any show that takes the themes of courage, trust, creativity, & determination even in the face of great odds, into a wide range of settings each week with sensitivity, intelligence, warmth, & humor - thanks in great part to you, its talented star - deserves far better.

I am impressed with the variety of settings & references to world culture & art utilized in "The Wizard" because not only am I a fine arts person more than anything else (I was an art history major in college), but I have always had & believe in the value of having a great variety of interests in life, & a consquent range of topics & references in conversation & communication. To me, this is sophistication - generosity of references to different sources & an enjoyment of their interdisciplinary relationships: one thing reminds me of another, & then another, as I am talking, looking at art or landscapes, listening to music, or making something.

By the way, I think it would be valuable for the purpose of "The Wizard", if the writers would show Simon's mind & inventiveness at work - with the real-life stops & starts of the creative process - when he is facing a problem. The writers seem to have been showing Simon a lot with his carpetbag conveniently packed with exactly the perfect gadgets to take care of a problem, as if creative solutions were always so easy or foreseeable. (especially when the problems aren't always foreseeable!) Maybe it would be more realistic & indicative of the creative process & more useful for us students of Simon out here in the TV audience to see him not just with solution mysteriously in hand - literally, but also to see him with solution developing "in mind". That's the beauty of Simon the inventor let loose on the bad guys in life.

Well, anyway, I think "The Wizard" gives attention to some of these aspects of life & successful living that are neglected by other network & non-network shows. Hurray to "The Wizard" for presenting challenge as a central theme, for talking more directly than other shows about how to face it, & for recognizing the need for & value of the fine arts in human life!! I think your show has earned a television award for excellence.

Finally, David, I would like to tell you that not only do I mean every word I have said already in objective criticism, but I also have a terrible crush on you! I find you so convincing that I am sure you must be as wonderful, handsome, & attractive in real life as you are on the screen.

With great affection & respect,

Ramona H., age 24, Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - January 21, 1987

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All Fan Letters are from The Michael Berk Collection

Note from The MGT.: Each letter has been carefully transcribed to preserve the writing style of the author while removing any information not meant for public viewing.

email: themgt@thewizardtvfansite.com

 

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