In 1999, redditor peanutbuttercooki decided to get his Mom a unique birthday gift, one whose value only increases year after year. He sent out blank cards to her favorite notable figures, and politely asked them to write something. It's an amazing snapshot of a moment in time, not only in politics and pop culture, but also of the waning days of "fan mail", before twitter and facebook fanpages became the dominant form of celebrity gregariousness. 

 

This is the note that was sent to each celebrity:

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This is who responded:

Bob and Elizabeth Dole

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Charlton Heston

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Julia Child

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Katie Couric

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Bob Hope

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Rosie O'Donnell

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

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Prince Albert II of Monaco

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Buckingham Palace

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Neil Diamond

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Bill and Hilary Clinton

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David Letterman

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Robert Redford

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Gerald and Betty Ford

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Ernest Borgnine

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Sam Elliott

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Jon Travolta

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