Thanks to a college buddy, one Marine aviator in the Persian Gulf can expect a laugh and boost in morale any day now from a deluge of mail.
It all started when Nancy Lynch got a letter from her brother, Joe, who lives in Princeton, N.J. He asked her to write to his old roommate from Gettysburg College, Matt Norman, now a captain with the Marine Corps posted in Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Lynch responded at once, sending out her brother's request to 49 other people -- a number intended to symbolize each star on the U.S. flag -- including schoolmates, family and friends.
Although Ms. Lynch, who works in product development for the McCormick Spice Co., knows Captain Norman, not all the prospective letter-writers do.
To help them relate better to their correspondent, Joe Lynch is supplying a "Norman File," with personal details about his friend. He is "calling on personal traits as well as patriotism to get people to write," says his sister.