Sideglances
by SARAH GREENE
Jul 19, 2013 | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A COMMODITY that has carved out a place in the United States economy with little recognition is the selling of name lists, usually without telling the person named.

About 10 months ago I mailed subscriptions for Antiques Roadshow Insider and Weill-Cornell Medical College Women’s Health Advisor to P.O. Box 8536, Big Sandy, TX.

About the same time I subscribed to Southern Living magazine and mailed a Procter and Gamble stock proxy.

WITHIN THE last year, my records show, I have supported the following causes:

Mailed a check to the Environmental Defense Fund for which I was supposed to get a stuffed polar bear.

Mailed a check to the National WASP Museum.

Mailed a check to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, which sent a calendar.

Mailed a check to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Wrote a check to St Joseph’s Indian School for Lakota Children, and a check for World War II Veterans Committee, which sent calendars.

The American Museum of Natural History mailed thanks for my “recent” contribution.

Mailed an order to renew a New Yorker magazine subscription. Received New Yorker cartoon caption contest book in return.

Sent a check to renew Harvard Health Letter.

Sent a check to Doctors without Borders.

Renewed Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

IT CONTINUES to amaze me that Big Sandy has become the center from which mail goes around the world in support of a great many requests, however worthy they may be.

Some nonprofit organizations spend more than 40 percent of their income on soliciting funds and a minor amount on service to members.

I researched all those listed above to make sure they were not among the 40 percenters. Nevertheless, some have sent me their premiums anyway.
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