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.


  1. Happy Anniversary and Thank You for every minute you’ve given to this site.

    [ from tanster: thank you! :) ]

  2. Happy Birthday OT! You do an amazing job, Jennie, and we really do appreciate it. Makes me too sad to think of not coming here everyday. It’s been a wonderful way to avoid actually working at my job for so many years!

    [ from tanster: thank you, TF, for being a longtime reader (and contributor)! :) ]

  3. Happy Birthday, OfficeTally.
    And Tanster, thank you for doing all of this for us. We’re so grateful.

    [ from tanster: thanks, mari! it’s been my pleasure. :) ]

  4. I’ve been a long-time fan of The Office and a devoted fan of OfficeTally! I’ve won a prize pack & calendar and have fond memories of director q&a and behind-the-scenes amazingness. Thanks for everything, tanster!

    OfficeTally, it is your birthday. I’m putting a chiclet on your cake. (TV or nap?)

    [ from tanster: thanks, jana. definitely tv! :) ]

  5. It is your birthday, OT. Thanks for all you’ve done, Tanster. I think you might have established a precedent.

    [ from tanster: thanks, RM, another longtimer! :) yeah, i don’t think i’ll ever watch another TV show that i am this passionate about. ]

  6. That’s so sweet! BJ actually wrote me back once, too, (back in the MySpace days, as well) and I was so thrilled. I’m really going to miss this show and the office community online.

    [ from tanster: b.j. is awesome, isn’t he? ]

  7. As Dwight would say to Officetally: “It is your birthday.”

    Thanks Jen for making this wonderful website for a wonderful show. This is probably the best website for an office fan ever!

    I have never been prouder to call myself a tallyhead!

    [ from tanster: awww, thank you! office fans are the best! :) ]

  8. It Is Your Birthday.

    Congrats! Discovered this site not too long after falling in love with the show in late ’05 (I wanna say Email Surveillance was my first) and the two have gone hand in hand ever since.

    I hope you responded to BJ and the poor guy hasn’t been waiting 7+ years for an answer!

    [ from tanster: thanks phyllis*farm, yet another longtimer! (i love you guys.) lol, how much of a geek was i, asking about his treo?! ]

  9. Michael is singing “Happy Birthday Office Tally” in his usual high falsetto voice !

    Thank you Jennie for all your hard work and diligence to keep up this site. You contribute so much time and effort, and we are grateful.

    I wish we could all join in front of one TV (and one timezone) to see the last episode together.


    [ from tanster: thanks, pam! me too. ]

  10. Quite an accomplishment to which you should be proud.

    We Tallyheads have a lot to be thankful for with OfficeTally.

    [ from tanster: thanks, lif! i love that office fans are so passionate about the show! ]

  11. Happy birthday, Officetally! Skip around the room! Skip around the room!

    Thank you so much, Jennie, for all you do. I found this site back in ’07 when I stumbled across info for the Office convention in Scranton and I’ve been an avid tallyhead ever since. Your set visits with photos and one of a kind stories have always been my favorite part of this site and that’s what I will probably miss the most once the show is over :( Thanks so much again

    [ from tanster: awww, thank you, sbf! ]

  12. Happy Birthday Office Tally! Wishing Tanster all the best! You did a great job! You will be missed!

    [ from tanster: thanks maureen! hopefully officetally will live on… ]

  13. Happy birthday OfficeTally!
    You know, I discovered this website in like, 2010, and ever since I couldn’t stop checking it out everyday!
    You make such a brilliant work to get all office fans informed about all that’s going on with the series and its cast. I’m from Brazil, and there’s lots of fans who love the website as well here. So you should be proud too, for the seven years of this great site.

    And the fire, a BRILLIANT and CLASSIC episode. Love everything about it. You are so lucky for getting a reply from BJ. Anyway, Congrats. Keep up the good work. Brazil Loves Officetally. (and the office, haha)

    [ from tanster: so nice of you to say, thank you! ]

  14. Happy Birthday Office Tally and thank you for this wonderful site!!

    Your ice cream cake (mint chocolate chip!!) is on its way :)

    [ from tanster: yum, thank you! ]

  15. Happy Birthday OT!!
    Jennie, you have done an amazing work with this website! I’m going to be a wreck in May as well and I hope in some way OT can live on?! ;) Even if it’s just to follow all of our favorite actors/cast members/writers/directors!? ;)
    Thanks for all you do! It’s nice to have a place for all of us to talk (and relate) about the best show EVER!! :)

    [from tanster: yes, that’s my intent, that OfficeTally will still report news on our our beloved cast, writers, and staff!]

  16. I’m pretty new to the site but I wish I had come here sooner. A lot of very knowledgeable fans. I’ve been an Office fan since watching ‘The Negotiation’ in 2006 (or was it 2007?). Will be sad to see the Office close up, but I hope this community lives on. Would be interesting to see Office fans after the show ends rank all of the episodes including seasons 1-3.

    [ from tanster: the fans who contribute here are wicked in their knowledge of the show! ]

  17. Happy Birthday Office Tally!!

    Jennie, you’ve gone above and beyond to keep us Tallyheads in the loop. I really do feel like part of a community.

    I don’t often contribute, but I’ve been a daily visitor to your site since 2007. You’ve “enabled” me to feed my Office addiction.

    I’ll be soooo sad when the show ends in May!

    [ from tanster: aww, thank you, susanne. :) ]

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