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Mark Keys found a calling as a man of letters — 10,000 of them
Mark Keys found a calling as a man of letters — 10,000 of them

For Mark Keys, the pen is mightier than the scalpel. Thirty-four surgeries on his back and legs, coupled with a host of other ailments, have left the onetime boat rigger unable to work and largely homebound since 1991. His physical problems have led to an unusual and consuming hobby. He writes letters to celebrities both obvious and obscure — athletes, actors, singers and other newsmakers — looking for insight and inspiration, or simply to make a connection with people he admires. By his estimate, he's written about 10,000 of the letters, always with a self-addressed return envelope, and seldom is there a day when he doesn't receive at least one response. ...

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