Sure, we get a lot of very positive letters. But the mean ones are a lot more interesting. Here are a few of our favorite mean letters from the past 200 issues.
FROM MARCH 2004
We hate you and your sex talk
Dear Rochester Magazine,
I don’t believe your aphrodisiac story [“Spanish flyboy,” Jan. 04] has any place in a magazine like this. We are trying to keep businesses like Loving Fun and others OUT of our town, not make them think we WANT them here. Please stop sending that message on behalf of “Rochester” with
FROM FEBRUARY 2009
Others laughed and cried.
I just cried
Dear Rochester Magazine—
I find it very disturbing that you would highlight such distasteful items as a “Bill Clinton corkscrewer” and the theft of a wedding ring of a dying woman [“The Rochies,” Jan. ‘09] in an article.
Ed. note: Just to clarify, we did not call the “Corkscrew Bill” (a plastic, corkscrew-sporting likeness of Bill Clinton created by local businessman Frank Freeman) the “Bill Clinton corkscrewer.” Though now we wish we had.
FROM OCTOBER 2007
Was downtown story written by “horny 20-year-olds”?
… As for the topic of the strip club [“Does The Downtown Need A Strip Club?”, Sep. ‘07], I think it is okay to have the topic within the magazine. However, your choice to have the cover page as it is, and focus the issue on the topic seems silly, and again sophomoric. The entire issue seemed put together by a bunch of horny 20 year olds laughing amongst themselves.
Ed. note: We’re actually in our 30s and 40s.
FROM DECEMBER 2004
Congratulations! Yeah! Oh, wait. She’s being sarcastic.
You get my vote for the magazine look-alike contest. October 2004’s issue of Rochester Magazine is a spitting image of TIME magazine … [but] no one likes the image it portrays [of serial killer Carl Panzram].
And ten (yes 10!!!) pages of story?!?!?! Justification please. I keep looking for the words “Paid Advertisement” on the pages of the article, thinking that perhaps author Mark Gado paid for the book promo. …
FROM FEBRUARY 2005
Scrapbook of Revelations
Editor’s note: January 2005’s Oddchester column, “Scrapbook of Revelations,” generated much response. Numerous online sites—mostly humor blogs—linked to the scrapbooking column. We received nearly 100 emails and a dozen or so letters (one of which, though bordered with happy dancing bears, still managed to call me an “idiot”). Though the large majority of responses were positive, the negative ones—like the one below— are much more fun.
Moms, literally, are taxi drivers
Hmmm … you’ve obviously done no REAL research at all. I certainly don’t wear appliqued anything (although I DO have to move my cat for the best seat in the house— he likes the recliner as much as I do). And my HUSBAND and I BOTH scrapbook. It’s called a photo album that actually gives you information … And you make fun of the sweatshirts that say Mom’s Taxi Service—well, who in the heck do you think takes the kids to all their activities? MOM! Apparently you have no real grasp of reality here.
FROM JULY 2006
Not golfers, gophers!
Dear Rochester Magazine: Oh My God. I just read about this “festival” [the Viola Gopher Count] that you tout in your magazine. I’m shaking with disbelief … at first I thought it must be a joke … someone please write me and explain what this “festival” is about. I thought I was reading about savages from some undeveloped country and then it turns out these are regular American citizens … brutally clubbing and celebrating killing of these little animals … unbelievable … oh my God … how can you write about this as though it is some normal activity??? I’m just stunned that this is a legal thing and that it is a celebration … what kind of people live in Minnesota anyway!
God All Mighty!
FROM June 2003
You’re not great, you’re … somewhat … stupid
I pick up the Rochester Magazine when available and it usually highlights items of interest, like the latest golf issue … nice. BUT, some of it could be deleted. The 20 Questions feature is most often DRIVEL. What ordinary person understands the questions or the answers?
Unsigned (sent in on a plain white postcard)
FROM FEBRUARY 2006
We always appreciate constructive criticism
Dear Rochester Magazine:
The so-called ‘editor’ thinks that whatever he says is gospel. You can tell by looking at his stupid picture that he thinks he’s god’s gift to writers.
We had plenty more letters we could’ve run, but some of them get kind of mean. And, in case this has inspired you, you can send letters to the editor to Rochester Magazine, 18 First Ave. SE, 55904 or email to SLange@RochesterMagazine.com.