From Arvie, 13 July 2008:
You, sir, were the very first of many influences that compelled me to go to college, get two degrees in English, and become a writer and an artist.
I recently left journalism after seven years as an independent magazine publisher, and have just completed my first book, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for inspiring an 6-year old kid to become a writer. Your kindness and your wit made a strong impression upon me, and I have never forgotten it. Your vision as a writer sparked an imaginative energy within my mind that has endured and grown, and I wanted to pay homage to one of its key origins. Thank you!
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Note from Jack:
Delighted to hear from you after all these years, Arvie. Congrats on your obvious success.
From Jim, 02 July 2008:
Dear Mr Hunter,
Not about a painting, but about your new novel THE ACE!! Can I order a copy directly through you , with your signature? I am still working on my book about WWI Aviaiton Art- I am too slow I guess, but you will be in it for sure!! I hope that you are feeling well, what do you think ot the new German movie DER ROTE BARON? The few, brief clips I see still do not match TBM of course!
All my best,
Greetings, Jim, and thanks for writing!
Mr. Hunter asked me to write to you; he's in the hospital having a pacemaker implanted and should be home tomorrow or the next day — but he wanted me to acknowledge your message.
The Ace won't actually be published until late August or early September, but, yes, you will be able to order directly through him. He'll give you more details when he writes to you himself, probably early next week.
He said he hasn't seen Der Rote Baron either; from the clips he's seen it looks interesting, but he'll reserve judgment until he sees the whole movie.
Thanks again for your wonderful note. I printed it out and took it to him in the hospital and he was delighted with it.
Assistant to Jack Hunter
From Dale, 02 July 2008:
Dear Mr. Hunter,
You don’t know me, but I have been a fan of yours for quite some time. I would appreciate a few moments of your time in reading my email, since I would like to say thank you for helping me through a rough time in my life.
First off, I have to say that I would have written this email quite a while ago, but for some reason, I presumed you were deceased. Sorry for that shocker and not quite sure where I may have heard/read it. I always thought, “Hey, that is a shame, since I will never be able to tell him thank you.” However, today I was looking through the Der Rittmeister Militaria website and happened to see the pages about you. I then saw your website and quickly found myself reading your blog and reviewing the paintings. Imagine also my keen interest in knowing Stachel’s story didn’t stop after WWI and learning what became of him. All great stuff! Even better was that I found out that you are still alive and kicking! I am very glad, probably like you, that you aren’t deceased. *smile*
I first saw the movie The Blue Max as a young man and became fascinated with WWI aviation. Something which still persists with me to this day. I have always favored the side of the Germans, so your story intrigued me. I put myself in the cockpit many times, wondering what it would be like to fly one of those crates. Many an hour I sat and reveled in the joy conjured up, by the visions in the movie. It wasn’t until much later, that I read your book.
This brings me to the main point of my email. My father passed away in Feb of 2001. He was born just a few years before you, in 1919. Interestingly, just after the end of WWI. His sudden death brought great dispair and much doubt into my life. My father was in good health, but died while shoveling snow at his home in Michigan. Since I couldn’t be there to say goodbye, it was very hard for me to accept.
One day a few weeks later, while looking through the paperback sale section at the local library, I happened on a copy of your book, the Blue Max. It is one of the Bantam 1965 edtions. Very worn, with a few pages loose. I am embarassed to say that is was only $0.25. However, it was the best quarter I ever spent. Each day at lunch, I would take the book and head over to Burger King, to eat and read. It was cold outside, but was I warm all over. To fly again in the cockpit along with Stachel, to leave the world behind for a while and renew a long-lost love once again, WWI aviation. That book helped me immensely, through a very rough time in my life. Maybe also, since it put me in the clouds, closer to my Dad. Even now whenever I pick up the book, I smile and think how great it was and how thankful I am to have found it when I did. It has a special place in my room of war memorabilia.
Therefore, I wanted to just say thanks Mr. Hunter, for sharing your love of WWI aviation with the rest of us. Almost 40 years after you wrote the Blue Max, it still had a profound affect on someone. A man trying to cope with the loss of his father. A man whose interest in WWI aviation was renewed again. It may have never been meant to do that, but it did.
Although we may never meet, I wanted to tell you when I could, that you had an wonderful affect on me and maybe some small justification for all your efforts in your writing.
Greetings, Dale, and thank you so much for your touching note!
Mr. Hunter asked me to write to you; he's in the hospital having a pacemaker implanted and should be home in a day or two — but I printed your message out and took it to him and he was deeply touched. Your timing was excellent; I think he needed that bit of encouragement.
He asked me to tell you he will write as soon as he can, probably next week.
In the meantime, have a great holiday!
Assistant to Jack Hunter
From James, 29 June 2008:
I had an idea: as I read the items displayed on the “About Hunter” web page, I encountered the movie review of “The Blue Max” that appeared in the Wilmington Delaware Morning News on 6/23/66 (just a few days ago, plus a whole lot of years!), and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be terrific if we Blue Max fans could read all of the reviews, good & bad, that appeared of the movie 42 years ago.” Surely Jack must have some review clippings in his collection; if these clippings could be scanned, and turned into Adobe Portable Document Files (PDF), then we readers could read them (as, alas, cannot be done of the Wilmington review) on the website.
Good idea, don’t you think? Lets let Jonni hear it, and see what she thinks.
Reply from Jonni:
Jack asked me to reply to your message, James.
We both think it’s a great idea, and the nice thing about .pdf format is that the readers can download the documents to their own computers and read them in Adobe Reader, which is available for free download here. Perhaps we could post reviews of some of Jack’s books, too.
We’ll start putting them up in a week or so.
Thanks very much for the suggestion! It’s always great to be reminded that people are reading and enjoying Jack’s website.
From Patrick, 29 June 2008:
It gives me great pleasure to write to you, if it is you who receives this email and not a secretary. The Blue Max is one of my favourite films and books of all time and I am currently saving to acquire one of your paintings. Please keep up the good work!
Yours sincerely, Patrick Walsh
Reply from Jack:
Welcome aboard, Patrick! I read all the mail sent to this address, and I very much appreciate your kind comments and approval of my work. Thanks for writing!