He hadn't stopped at that point. It was a couple years after his accident when he was thinking of retiring, that he stopped doing them by mail. Chances are that your mom's book was lost along the way either to our office or being returned to her. We wouldn't have kept it; even when people did not include the self-addressed, stamped return mailer, we returned them. Toward the end, we'd had a waiting list of I think about 6,000 names and realized there was no way that Steve would ever be able to get through it. Instead of having people send in their books, he flat-signed (for those who don't know, that means he simply signed his name and the date rather than a personalization) books (can't remember which title it was or how many but it was in the 4 figures) that we sent out to those who were still on the list with a letter explaining why and apologizing that it couldn't be the book they chose but hoped at least getting a signed book would make up for not getting one at all. Unfortunately, we had a lot come back because people hadn't let us know of address changes so there was no forwarding address. We still hear from them occasionally wondering when they'll be able to send a book in.
Reading this reminds me of something I'm sure I take for granted, which is that Steve and Mod and office have always determined to treat Steve's fans, his kids his CRs, as real people who need and deserve respect. Not to mention love.
I'll have to think of something equally fitting but that will work just as well.
Believe it or not, I didn't realize until recently that I grew up in a way that wasn't exactly normal. Someone had to point it out to me. Before that, it was just my life.
LOL ... I totally understand! When I was a kid, I was nervous around all my friends' dads, figured it was just a matter of time till something would set them off. I'm pretty sure that at least some of them thought, "What the heck is WRONG with that girl???"