A romantic letter was written to a college student at the California University of Pennsylvania (confusing enough address) and was finally delivered, albeit 53 years late. Postmarked February 20, 1958, the note still waits in the mailroom at the university as officials continue to search for Clark Moore, the intended recipient, who according to one university spokesperson is today 70 years old and living in another state.
Sent from Pittsburgh, the letter mysteriously arrived last week and no one has any idea why it was delayed and how it was eventually delivered. Addressed to Mr. Clark C. Moore, then a junior at the university, the letter included a return address and the name of the sender who signed the note “Love, Forever, Vonnie.”
The letter, with the stamp turned upside down as a sign of love, is just like one written from any time period from any girl to her boyfriend who is away at college. It reads: “I still miss you as much as ever and love you a thousand times more. Please write me real soon.”
The passage of time has faded the feelings behind the letter. Clark married Vonnie, he graduated and they had four children. Some eight years later, they divorced and he converted to Islam, changing his name to Siddeeq. He remarried and taught math and science in the Indianapolis school system.
But some of his old friends and family had remained in the area and saw news reports about the letter. They contacted Siddeeq. The news was bittersweet as the couple rarely speak. When the press tracked Vonnie down at her daughter’s home in Atlanta, she refused to discuss the letter and was disturbed by the fact that it had gone public. Siddeeq was a bit more sentimental and saw the letter as a reflection of the innocence and honesty of that time period.
The course of true love may not always run smooth, but like the words of that old poem, “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” can stop delivery of the US mail.