Sunday, June 07, 2009

Testing the Internet

This is Martin. Martin was my pen pal when I was in fourth grade. We wrote letters back and forth for almost a year. I spoke to him once on the phone at Christmas, which I think was one of the gifts from my parents that year because I am sure it was expensive, long distance and all. I had to purchase air mail stamps to mail my letters. The cost to send a letter to England was about 35 cents, which was the same price as a comic book. I remember riding my bike into town stopping at the post office first to buy the stamps because the temptation of using the money for a Batman comic or ice cream at Burdicks was too great.

I always looked forward to getting Martin's letters. He spelled words in a funny way; colour, centre, cheque to name a few. He did not take a vacation but he went on holiday. Eventually the letters stopped. He must have discovered cricket or girls or something. Or maybe he thought I was weird because I wrote to him about my pet rock named Rodan. Or, maybe, one time I actually stopped at the news stand before the post office and picked up a copy of Daredevil (there was new guy writing the issue named Frank Miller).

I often wonder what happened to Martin. I don't have any of his letters, only his picture that was stuck in an old scrapbook. I am pretty sure he was from Leeds, but I could be wrong. I did try to Google him but I did not have much luck.

I am going to test the Internet. I am going to see if I can find Martin in a six degree of separation type of thing. I know a few people from England, Melinda being one of them. Does anyone know Martin? He would be in his late 30's, from Leeds, his last name was Rivett. Tell him to email me.

Anyone?

32 comments:

Susie said...

There are 11 Martin Rivetts on Facebook. Get busy!

inklenaomi said...

this could qualify for government funding as a research project, you should look into that!

GadgetGirl said...

As Susie said there are several Martin Rivett's on Facebook. However, there IS one that is on the Leeds Metropolitan University Staff. Maybe this is your guy! Unfortuately the photo on his profile is too far away to get a good look at his face and his profile is private. If you aren't on FB I'd be happy to send a message for you. Just let me know.

Cole said...

I wonder if this is the same Martin Rivett in Leeds, Bill.

M.Rivett@leedsmet.ac.uk

Anonymous said...

I knew a woman named gertrude that knitted sweaters like that. I hope that helps.

eclectic said...

My great-grandmother's maiden name was Martin. We were instructed to call her Mother Martin. I never knew she was a boy from England.

Jo's Outlet said...

Isn't Martin the voice of "Shrek" now? I think he goes by Mike Myers.

Melinda said...

Martin is going to think he is wanted for questioning by Scotland Yard....he is probably hastily packing his bags and heading for 'holiday' in Majorca as we speak. (write)

I do know a lot of Martins here. But not your jumper wearing pen friend Martin of yore. I hope you do get in touch with him. I am sure he will be dead impressed with your blog mention and picture.

James (SeattleDad) said...

With your luck, you may find him and he will have no recollection of you. Who the heck is William?

Just kidding. Good luck.

kcinnova said...

Oh, great -- now I'm going to dream about this tonight. You'd better find him soon! :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite Martin

Anonymous said...

I find it ironic that now you choose between a Martini and a comic book

Anonymous said...

Everytime I was in Burdicks, The Viper was in the magazine Aisle.

I just heard they put a magazine rack at Merck as well.

BKP said...

I think it's awesome you are trying this. I had a pen pal from New Zealand. We exchanged money but other than that, I have nothing left from the relationship. Don't even remember a name. Let us know...

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I still keep in touch with my childhood penpal from England via Facebook--I'd take that route. By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

creative breathing said...

William, If you find find Martin, I am going to look for Carolyn Johnson whose three brothers were Martains. This is so exciting! E

Daddy Geek Boy said...

What...he isn't on Facebook?

Good luck with the search.

creative breathing said...

You've got some snowballs William! You kill me! E

Rivs said...

Hi Billy...William.

Nice blog site by the way.

I'm amazed you actually wanted to track me down!!

The last letter I remember sending was not one of my proudest moments!!

If my memory serves right, you sent me a copy of Warlord comic in an A4 envelope that arrived in pristine condition and was great to read (I still have it somewhere!!)

In return I sent you a British comic the "Beano" except I tried to stuff it in an A5 envelope!!

I feel so guilty!

Out of interest did you ever get it? Even if you did I would dread to think what condition it arrived in!!

May I take this opportunity to apologise now...William I'm sorry.

By the way I'm the Martin Rivett at Leeds Metropolitan University, on facebook.

Best wishes and it would be great to catch up.

Martin

eclectic said...

Wow! Hey William -- I found Martin! Look ^, there he is!!

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

No way, for reals???

Anonymous said...

Remember when you were 15 and the Victoria's Secret catalog came? How come that didn't stay in pristine condition?

rudecactus said...

Dude. I don't know Martin but I'm really curious to see if this works!

Anonymous said...

The Internet makes the world even smaller! Wow! You found him that fast! Can it be? All grown up now. Wish I had a pen-pal! Well, back in the old days, I would have been too busy to write, now no one writes, they just communicate by e-mail, blogs, and facebook. ( but still keep in touch) Write me a letter, William! I love you.

Sue said...

I'm dying to know if that was the real Martin!!

Melinda said...

Yes, I think it was the the real Martin. I wrote to him on Facebook and got a reply. Did anyone else write to him? Poor guy. He probably got over 100.

Bogart in P Towne said...

With eyebrows like that he should not be hard to find!

Anonymous said...

You are very a very bad Bogart. Go sit in the corner.

Anonymous said...

check this out.....maybe Martin???

http://www.126milechallenge.co.uk/

Rivs said...

Yep 126 mile challenge is me.

Thanks Melinda for getting intouch...William and I are now friends on facebook!!

Bogart in P Towne said...

Can I come out of the corner now?

Anonymous said...

OK. Behave and play nice.