P.S. Write Soon Letter Writing 1980 stamp & TED Talk by Omar Ahmad 2010 Writing Letters to Your Representatives

By on 4-28-2017 in Blog Post, Postage Stamps

P.S. Write Soon Letter Writing 1980 stamp & TED Talk by Omar Ahmad 2010 Writing Letters to Your Representatives

Today is our Part-Two blog post with the P.S. Write Soon Letter Writing 1980 stamp, 15 ¢ issued to a set of six stamps commemorating National Letter Writing Week in 1980.

And we are looking at the six-minute 2010 TED Talk by the late Omar Ahmad – “Political change with pen and paper”, the impact of handwritten letters to your Representatives.  It is worth making the time to watch it with him giving four steps of how to catch your politician’s attention with your letter writing.

TED Talk by Omar Ahmad 2010 Writing Letters to Your Representatives

Sending special thanks to Tally, one of My Three Muses here for sharing earlier this week the link to this 2010 TED talk by Omar Ahmad. His six minute TED Talk has more than 530,487 total views as of writing today.

“Want your local politician to pay attention to an issue you care about? Send a monthly handwritten letter, says former mayor Omar Ahmad — it’s more effective than email, phone, or even writing a check. He shares four steps to writing a letter that works.”

At the beginning of his TED talk, he mentions President Obama reading 10 letters a day and I was happy knowing back in January it had been blogged here, White House mailroom letters NY Times article.

In preparing for today’s blog post it was sad to learn he passed away a year after making this TED talk, “Remembering Omar Ahmad”. They were able to publish his book, Citizen Advocate, he was working on the next year, with his sister helping to finish his manuscript.

 

P.S. Write Soon Letter Writing 1980 stamp

The 15 ¢  stamp shown upper left was one of six different stamps issued commemorating National Letter Writing Week in 1980. Yesterday we saw its companion, Letters Shape Opinions 1980 stamp. If you look at the envelope cachet designs for both of these stamps, one is encouraging writing To The Editor of the newspaper, and the other letter writing To My Congressman.
Thank you for joining me today on this Friday as we head into the weekend.  I’m hoping you will consider putting pen to paper and sending a handwritten letter to an elected official this year.  And if we follow the presenter’s advice it will actually be writing regularly to really make an impact.   I am encouraged by this TED talk that our letter writing can make a difference!

Anchors Aweigh,  

Helen  


P.S. Write Soon Letter Writing 1980 stamp Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today

TED Talk by the late Omar Ahmad – “Political change with pen and paper” video, “Remembering Omar Ahmad”; Citizen Advocate book.

Image above and excerpt – P.S. Write Soon 1980 stamp Mystic Stamp Company #1810 – 1980 Letter Writing, Write Soon 15c, and image Fleetwood First Day Cover., and Fleetwood First Day Cover from #1809 – 1980 Letter Writing/Ltrs Shape Opin, 15c.

AnchoredScraps.com daily blog posts: Letters Shape Opinions 1980 stamp, April 27, 2017; White House mailroom letters NY Times article, January 29, 2017; by Helen Rittersporn.