5:49 pm - 08/22/2010

All Together Now: "Awwww!"

Wil Wheaton is Awesome

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In 1988, aged just 8 but already a fan of the teen actor due to Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation and his 'awesome smile', an excited Teresa Juniso saved up the $12.00 membership fee and applied to join 'WilPower', then-15-year-old Wil Wheaton's official fan club. She then waited. And waited some more. And then gave up waiting altogether. The membership kit never materialised, and before long the initial disappointment was forgotten.

In 2009, Teresa Juniso, now a 29 year-old writer, received - along with a package containing the very items she had waited patiently for 21 years previous - the following letter; an incredibly endearing apology and belated welcome to Wheaton's now defunct fan club, written by Wil Wheaton himself after being alerted to her story.

Said Teresa:

He gets a big thank you from Twenty-Nine Year Old Me. Don’t get me wrong. Eight Year Old Me is very, very pleased. But Twenty-Nine Year Old Me better knows the importance of a kind gesture, and hopes that her gratitude carries more weight.

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Dear 8 year-old Teresa,

I wanted to apologize to you for making you wait so long to get your official WilPower fanclub membership kit. You see, 15 year-old me is very busy with work and school, and the people who were responsible for getting your membership kit mailed back to you must have made a mistake.

It's been a long time since the fan club did anything, but I've enclosed a membership card for you, as well as a wallet photo, and a picture that shows you how much I love Batman (HINT: It's a lot.)

WilPower members got updates about me and my work a few times a year, but the fan club stopped sending those out a long time ago. My latest update, though, goes like this: I got married, I have two boys who I love more than anything in the world, and I'm a writer now, just like you!

And now, 8 year-old Teresa, I want to tell you something very important before I sign off, so listen closely: When you grow up, you're going to be a great writer. I can't tell you how I know, but I hope you'll trust me; I just do. So stay in school, always do your best, and treat people the way you want to be treated.

Thank you for being part of my fan club,

(Signed, 'Wil Wheaton')

Wil Wheaton

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grande_latte 22nd-Aug-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
pallasathena 22nd-Aug-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
LMAO this is so cute.
sundayromancee 22nd-Aug-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
pallasathena 22nd-Aug-2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
xo_popjunkie_xo 22nd-Aug-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)

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_amateur 22nd-Aug-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Marshmallow. You summed it up for me perfectly.
lovedforaday 22nd-Aug-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
that's very sweet.
pinkdiamonds96 22nd-Aug-2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
aww is right. he was so hot in stand by me
boltonlove 22nd-Aug-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
You thought Gordy was hot?
saccharinrush 22nd-Aug-2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
O_O he was like 13. dude.
pinkdiamonds96 22nd-Aug-2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
lol. i ment he was hot to me when i was around 4.
dedradawn 22nd-Aug-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
He weighed, like, 50 pounds in that movie! Ha, ha.
stellar_ball 23rd-Aug-2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I totally had a crush on him when I was little too! I had an adorkable obsession from early on that ended a few years ago.
phishtickie 23rd-Aug-2010 09:43 am (UTC)
hahah I kinda had more of a thing for Sean Astin in the Goonies instead.
boltonlove 22nd-Aug-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Aww. This is cute.

I still think he's a douche. He would show up on those I Love the 70s shows and he seemed like a bit of an asshole.
derbysinner 23rd-Aug-2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was worried I was the only person on the planet who wasn't a fawning fangirl for him.

but, yeah, this seems really sweet.
0sleep2dream0 22nd-Aug-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I totally still see him as that kid in Stand By Me, especially in this picture. <3
deceitful 22nd-Aug-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
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super_robyn 22nd-Aug-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
I was coming here to post just that, lol. Sheldon Cooper would tell 8-year-old Teresa that Wil Wheaton is not above playing the dead meemaw/busy with work card. XD

Seriously though, Wil rocks for doing this! ♥
deceitful 22nd-Aug-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
ikr, it's pretty awesome of him. Sheldon wouldn't see the purpose of course.
lyssakim 22nd-Aug-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
hemsworth 22nd-Aug-2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
YES. i was gonna post it but i'm glad someone did.
lucifersam 22nd-Aug-2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hahah.. I just came here to post this!

missedith 22nd-Aug-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY what I thought of!
angelbaby63249 23rd-Aug-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
i was hoping this would be on the first page of this post. Is required in any Wil Wheaton posts!
mum_mum 22nd-Aug-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
curse_of_avalon 22nd-Aug-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Best apology ever!
indelikatt 22nd-Aug-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
this is why i love this man.
trialia 22nd-Aug-2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
mte :)
_lindz 22nd-Aug-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
aww. i love him. :)
boltonlove 22nd-Aug-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
tangerinefriday 22nd-Aug-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
:..( <3
dancemusic 22nd-Aug-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
noooooooooooo chris :-[
boltonlove 22nd-Aug-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
This is how the Skins movie is gonna end.

Cookie is gonna wave bye to hallucination!Freds

Edited at 2010-08-22 10:20 pm (UTC)
handsdowntoo 22nd-Aug-2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Love this movie so much.
eyesfullofhope </322nd-Aug-2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
aaaaaand now I'm crying. /River fangirl

scarletfbl 22nd-Aug-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
He was so freakin' pretty. *______*
violentirony 22nd-Aug-2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
OMG Now I'm crying.
"Not if I see you first."
omg :'(
evenstarnikki 23rd-Aug-2010 01:50 am (UTC)
i always hated how they changed it around so that it was will's character to break up chris and teddy fighting, cuz that's how chris dies: breaking up a fight between strangers. so for this scene in the movie when the narrator's like "chris, who was always the best at breaking up fights, stepped in, and was stabbed" and you're like oh was he? i had no idea but ok.

/cool story
fridge_buzz_now 22nd-Aug-2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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