Letters of LIFE and love
When we turned 25 in 2004, the letters sometimes arrived in our computer, but despite the mode of delivery, they still touched on the connective power of the Cape:
I am an eighth-generation native of the Cape. I grew up and attended the same schools in Dennis as my father and grandfather, but unfortunately have been moving around the United States with the military for the past 10 years. Everywhere I’ve gone, my subscription to Cape Cod Life has followed.
I have found it somewhat difficult to describe the Cape to people who have never been there. For me, it is like no other place I have been and Cape Cod Life keeps me connected to the Cape and Mr. Shortsleeve’s description is perfect! As I read it, I could feel myself back on the beach fishing off Monomoy. I could smell the salt in the air… this is what I miss most.
Thanks for bringing it back to me.
Kristen Eaton Vlcej
This spring, we received a beautifully handwritten letter from Ventura, CA
that made us all smile:
To Brian Shortsleeve,
My April issue of CCL arrived this week, and as always, I turned to ‘Gunk’holing’ first.
Where have forty years gone? I was back in Boston, (Dorchester) the spring of 1979 to visit my parents and to attend my Emmanuel College 25th reunion when I purchased the first issue of Cape Cod Life. Upon returning home to Ventura, I immediately sent in a subscription and as a charter member have subscribed every year. I just renewed for two years (optimistic that at 86+ I will be around to enjoy each issue.)
Thank you for giving me so many memories.
Joan McNary Guestler
And then, we were surprised by our most recent letter to our publisher that certainly made the world seem a lot smaller:
Just a note to say how much we enjoy your magazine. Your May issue was especially meaningful to us!!!
We had the pleasure of meeting your lovely niece Cassie and her husband Christo at a trattoria high on a hillside on the Amalfi coast in Italy! In conversation we realized we were all from Massachusetts. Then they mentioned they were on their honeymoon after a beautiful wedding on Craigville Beach. What a lovely couple and what a small world. We loved the pictures and the story of their wedding that was featured in the May issue. My husband and I met and fell in love on Cape Cod at Popponesset Beach where we have now lived for 20 years!
Linda and Jim Tedesco
Since our first issue was produced for the summer of 1979, the start of this year’s summer season officially launches us into our 40th year. Over the next 12 months, we will be revisiting our collective past in a variety of different ways, on various platforms. Be sure to check out our print editions, our website and our social media channels for remembrances, celebrations and commemorations of the stories that have come before.
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