Luck chain letter. By Timothy Jennings. For Christmas. US, 1975.


Dear JOE
YOU MAY NEVER BE THE SAME!! In your hands right now, you hold the Key to Universal Brotherhood and World Peace and Harmony! Use it! This is no ordinary chain letter! Nobody loses! EVERYBODY WINS!

XSEND NO MONEY! By the time this one has worked x out, I won't NEED money! Neither will you! For untold Millennia, Mankind has been struggling towards the incredibly simple scheme I am currently revealing to you FREE! XX Now, in this era of space-age communication (Xerox, Telstar, TV, etc.) and exponential increase, this struggle has at last been able to reach fruition! THIS IS THAT FRUIT! EAT OF IT!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: People have trouble with each other, not because some of them are "bad" (nobody is all "bad" or all "good") but because they are OUT OF "SYNCH"*!! It's as simple as that! How many times have you done good to somebody, only to have evil returned to you? Once? Twice? A thousand times?? After such experiences, you are far more likely to do evil yourself. And, of course the person you treat badly will become soured, too, in turn. And so on, in an ever-widening xxxo vicious circle. X Jesus did his best to tackle the problem (return good for evil) but his program was based on a mind-frame (be ye therefor perfect, even as thy father in heaven is perfect) which most people find impossible to accomodate. However IT IS NOW TIME TO REVERSE THE TREND. There is nobody so bad that he or she does not do good some of the time. If we could have ONE DAY IN WHICH EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD DOES NOTHING BUT GOOD --- imagine the consequences! Imagine how GOOD everybody will feel! After such an xxxx experiance, NOBODY will want to go back to the old, confused, hateful way of operating!!!!

BUT HOW COULD SUCH A DAY COME TO PASS? Do you think you could return good for evil one day out of every 14? SURE YOU COULD!! So could anybody! Remember-- it doesn't matter how lowdown, absently cruel, vindictive, malicious, or ruthless you may be on the other 13 xxx days-- just for that one day, do good, do good, do good good good, xxxxx no matter what is done in return. Scientific tests have shown such a program to be well within the limits of human interactional psychology.

SO WHAT? So do two things. First, send a copy of this letter to twenty trusty friends. (They, incidentally, will be pleased to know that you consider them trusty.) Second, starting traditionally with Christmas Day, and in every second Thursday thereafter, follow the simple plan outlined in the above

paragraph. Do good. Be happy. Do this for only one year.

THE LOAVES AND THE FISHES. The first Good Thursday after Christmas will be observed by 400 "good;" people. Not so many, maybe-- but wait! Next Good Thursday will find 8000 practitioners! Not bad! Next, 160,000! Next, 3,200,000! That's bigger than most cities! Next, 64,000,00! Next, 1,280,000,000! That''s almost twice the population of the USA!!!!!
* synchronisation

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BUT, OF COURSE, these are "ideal' figures. A few shortsighted people (NOT YOU!) will doubtless throw their letters into their wastebaskets and try to forget the whole thing. But-- the immutable laws of Statistical Distribution ensure that xx every person on earth will get not one-- not two- but several-- hundreds-- THOUSANDS of copies of this letter! These letters, taken with the implacable M GOODNESS of the people with whom the must deal every second Thursday will serve to convince-- nay, positively coerce-- the most hardened of skeptics. Consider-- and I don't blame you if you refuse to believe this at first, but I do urge you most strongly to WORK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF-- the ironclad science of Mathematics demonstrates conclusively that on the last Good Thursday before Christmas 1976-- GOOD CHRISTMAS-- x

882, 922,240,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

copies of this letter will be in the mails. The margin for error is such that this scheme may be considered positively and unmistakably INFALLABLE!! IT CANNOT FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? Counting stamps, envelopes, and copying, you might spend as much as $5.00. Even if (as impossible as [?] the above figures demonstrate such an hypothesis to be) the program is incompletely successful-- xxx still, you will have participated in the Noblest Struggle of All Time-- perhaps helped found a truly Holy City or even Nation-- and, at the very least, practiced a valuable and timehonored spiritual discipline, which can do you nothing but good, and which requires only a modicum of effort on your part.

ISN'T IT WORTH IT? Think of it! The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth! Everybody Good, All the Time!! The Lion Lies on the Lamb! The End of Starvation and Injustice! Holy Socialism! Don'T Delay! Don't Break the Chain!!!!!!!!!!!!



[drawing at bottom of page two depicts 21 "U.S.P.S." trucks and nine Christmas trees]

Photocopy of typed original (notation says original is blue ink ditto). Paragraphs retained. Supplied by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Received by VanArsdale 2/20/98. Annotated: "Sent to Joe Hickerson at AFL."  Sic "accomodate", "experiance", "infallable". 


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