This is an official statement I just found on the "Beatle News Briefs" page at http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/news/1011noautographs.html
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RINGO STARR STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT VIDEO UPDATE ON HIS WEBSITE:
Ringo Starr recently put a video update on his official website asking people not to continue to send fan mail to be signed after October 20. This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.
This message was not aimed at "real fans" and after over 45 yrs of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so.
Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that. That said, the recent response from the media has prompted him to clarify that video.
"How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo."
# Update (10/16/08) See the statement above issued Wednesday from Ringo's press office in answer to the coverage of this story.
# In his statement, Ringo said he hoped his statement would get as much coverage as the video, but it appears it hasn't. We saw very few links Wednesday. Here's one from WSYR.
Amen to all that. Blessings!!