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2 January, 1998

Columbia Tristar Pictures
Sony Corporation

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have a really swell idea that I want to share with you.

But let me give you some background information. I work really hard. I'm a very busy guy at a big comptuer company up here in the Pacific Northwest. After working all day, I come home and unwind for a little bit. I usually get a bacon cheeseburger on the way home, since I can't get the taste of the one I had for lunch out of my mouth. But since I don't want to loose sleep, I have a beer or two.

While eating dinner, I usually watch The Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, two shows that your company produces and distributes. After watching TV, I get to work on writing projects or whatever makes me happy.

I don't have to tell you that Jeopardy is one of the longest-running, most popular television game shows in thie history of television. I'm sure the show is still doing great, but I let me tell you about my idea. I think it would give the show a real kick in the pants.

After auditioning and testing and qualifying, one of the three contestants on the show is going to go home empty-handed. You usually have sponsors lined up to get them some consolation prices. But I'm sure that they expect a little more from their trip.

And that's my idea: they could have me! Since I work so hard, I have very little time left over for a social life. When I watch Jeopardy, I often notice that the female contestants are really smart and interesting. When Alex Trebek interviews them, I imagine him turning around to introduce them to me instead of going on to the next contestant. And I must tell you, even when I dohave some spare time, it's really hard to meet ladies who are smart, alluring, and intriguing.

You should offer the parting contestants a crack at a special dating service. Since you already have their personal information from their contestant qualification form, so it isn't much harder to make matches with interested folks who've signed up with your service. You could charge folks to sign up for the service, and you'll be making money coming and going! I can tell you that nobody is as desperate or as loose with their money as a lonely soul looking for a date or two.

And the sky is the limit for marketing the plan. You can have weddings right on Jeopardy. You can have tournaments of folks who are dating or were married by the show. Imagine the special deals your sponsors could cook up for couples, instead of focusing only on individuals!

I know this is just a perfect idea. But I'm not greedy; I'd like you to not pay me. Instead, just give me preferential treatment for the first few rounds... until I find a match through my own program.

Sincerely,

Mike Blaszczak
19106 Northeast 51st Street
Redmond, Washington
    98053