Ringo Starr, who was the drummer with the English band The Beatles, has issued a warning to the world. If you send him fan mail after Oct. 20, 2008, "It's going to be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love."

This is a big philosophical change for Ringo. In a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons" he was shown meticulously answering fan mail. The episode was titled "Brush with Greatness,'' and Ringo, surrounded by bags with the word 'mail' on them in various languages, explained to his butler that he insisted on responding to every single piece of fan mail. "They took the time to write to me, and I don't care if it takes 20 years, I'm going to answer every one of them."

He responds to one letter with, "Dear Sally. In response to you letter of December the 12th 1966, me favourite colour is blue, and me real first name is Richard. Thanks for the snapshot. You're a real cute bird. Love, Ringo. PS: Forgive the lateness of my reply."

Next he opened a parcel from Marge Simpson and found a portrait she painted of him back in the Beatlemania days that she sent for an "honest opinion."

He wrote back and told her – although decades later – how much he loved the gift. "Dear Marge. Thanks for the fab painting of Yours Truly. I hung it on me wall. You're quite an artist. In answer to your question, yes, we do have hamburgers and fries in England. But we call french fries `chips'. Love, Ringo. PS: Forgive the lateness of my reply."

We support Ringo 100% on his new point of view. He's signed enough autographs and given us all tremendous amounts of pleasure over his career.

There is no word yet if his decision will have any influence on Pete Best's autograph policy.



Earlier this year Ringo angered hometown fans in Liverpool by saying that he doesn't miss his native city. Vandals then beheaded a sculpture of Starr proving, "It don't come easy."