Happy 7th Birthday, OfficeTally!

Happy 7th Birthday, OfficeTally!

I don’t usually make a big deal out of OfficeTally’s birthday, but with this being the farewell season of The Office, I’m feeling super sentimental.

On this occasion, I want to share with y’all the very first fan letter I wrote to The Office. Back in October 2005!

This was to B.J. Novak, about one of my all-time favorite episodes, The Fire,
which B.J. wrote.

From: Jennie
Date: Oct 20, 2005

Hi BJ,

Thanks for setting up here at MySpace and letting us fans interact with you!

I’ve been an avid reader of your blog over at TV Guide, found your website, which had a link to MySpace, which is how I got here. I love all the behind-the-scenes stuff that you and Jenna have shared.

“The Fire” was a brilliant episode, you should be very proud! :)

There are so many quietly hilarious lines that I usually have to watch the same episode three times to catch all of them. “‘Image is everything,’ Andre Agassi.” Hysterical.

And do you actually own a Treo? — I think I caught a glimpse of it in Ryan’s cell phone scene with Michael. The Treo rocks!

Anyway, you guys are having a GREAT second season. Looking forward to the next episode!

Take care,

Ever gracious, B.J. actually wrote me back!

From: B.J. Novak
Date: Oct 22, 2005

You are the first to quote the Andre Agassi line! I came up with it on the spot and told it to Steve and was SOOO proud of it. I thought no one noticed, or remembered the Canon ads. Glad you did!

Very happy to hear all the nice things you had to say.

The Treo is provided by the props department, but they let me use it outside too. Question: mine says I’ve exceeded the memory limit, but won’t even let me turn it on for long enough to delete stuff. If you have any tips, let me know! :)

Thanks again for writing


Four months later, OfficeTally went live, and it’s been an amazing ride ever since.

I’m going to be a wreck in May.