This press release is from the first I Love To Write Day campaign. We are keeping it posted until Oprah or Letterman
helps us spread the word about I Love To Write Day!
August 15, 2002
For Immediate Release
Letterman By One Vote!
Late night talk show host David Letterman lost by one vote to Oprah in a recent poll to see what media personality would be the “perfect choice” to tell the country about I Love To Write Day, a new holiday that will be celebrated on November 15th. “Oprah received 1,846 votes, and Letterman was a close second with 1,845 votes,” said John Riddle, an author from Bear, Delaware, and founder of I Love To Write Day.
On November 15th of this year, one million authors, writers, editors, reporters, journalists, teachers, librarians and other volunteers will help celebrate I Love To Write Day. On that day people of all ages will be encouraged to write something: a poem, a love letter, an essay, a letter to the editor, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless. On I Love To Write Day volunteers will visit schools, libraries, bookstores, community centers, senior centers, malls and other places to help people discover the joy that comes from writing.
Riddle, who travels the country presenting at writer’s conferences, polled over 7,000 writers and authors to see what media personality they would like to see “spread the word” about I Love To Write Day. “I think Oprah would be the perfect person to tell America about I Love to Write Day because of her journalistic integrity and her devotion to esteemed writers such as Maya Angelou,” said Michelle Medlock Adams, a freelance writer and inspirational author from Fort Worth, Texas. “Oprah has been inspiring America for years, and this would be another great opportunity for her to do it again. Let’s face it–she is America’s sweetheart. Every time she speaks, she writes on the hearts of men and women across this great nation–she is the perfect person to announce this important day to America.”
After Letterman’s 1,845 votes, Regis & Kelly finished third with 1,004 votes, followed by Katie Couric with 817. Rounding out the list: Phil Donahue received 502 votes, Jay Leno, 336 votes, Conan O’Brien, 281 votes, Barbara Walters, 278 votes, Don Imus, 245 votes, and the self proclaimed “King of All Media,” Howard Stern, finished last with only 114 votes.
Over 8,500 schools have signed up to hold special I Love To Write Day activities on November 15th, and several publishers are donating books to classrooms that come up with the most creative way to participate in I Love To Write Day. Jane McFann, an English teacher at Glasgow High School in Delaware, and an author of 15 books, including Hide and Seek, is supporting I Love To Write Day. “Writing is wonderful, because it is a great skill to take into any career, and it has a way of clarifying one’s thoughts. It is amazing how one skill can touch so many aspects of a person’s life,” she said. “I invite all of the media personalities to discuss I Love To Write Day,” said Riddle, who believes that the United States needs a day that is devoted to encouraging children as well as adults to sharpen their writing skills. “For many people, that will be the beginning of their writing career. I Love To Write Day has the potential to launch the career of the next John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King or Toni Morrison.”
No word yet from David Letterman, on how he feels losing to Oprah by a single vote. “Letterman has talked about wanting to be a guest on Oprah’s show many times,” said Riddle, “maybe he can challenge her to a rematch.”