I had written to a colleague/friend 3 or 4 times over as many weeks. My final note, to this person, a copy of which follows with the name changes to protect this particular individual’s reputation, garnered an almost immediate response. Feel free to copy the technique.
To whomever may be reading this note,
Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bill. He was a good man, a happy man and an attractive man (well, if he stretched his neck just right and turned his head so you caught just the right profile of him.)
I’m writing to you because he has obviously met his demise as he hasn’t responded to any of the NUMEROUS, heart felt notes which I painstakingly took the time to write (and it ain’t like I ain’t busy too pal!).
I’m saddened to think of a world without Bill’s joy and laughter. (I’m also wondering what you are planning to do with his motorcycle and if you’re planning to sell it, please put my name on the list. By the way, he did say that if he ever sold it to me it would be at a great discount.)
Please DO reply to this note (something HE never did while HE was alive the bas@#$!) and let me know the details of his untimely departure from this world (and if it was REALLY horrific, please feel free to provide graphic details and if available audio or video).
Also, if there’s a list being developed of people to whom he still owed funds, please place my name on it. I’d also be interested in any ‘class action’ suits which might be under consideration.
Again, my sincere sympathy on your loss and I look forward to your prompt reply.