Happy 7th Birthday, OfficeTally!

Monday, February 4th, 2013 | 52 comments


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.


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  1. 52. Holly  

    Will this site keep going after the office is over? Following what the cast and crew are doing (hint hint wink wink nudge nudge Tanster) and maybe a mega US/UK reunion special Where Jim and Tim, and Dwight and Gareth all come face to face and Jim and Tim come up with the best prank ever (hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge Ricky Gervais). Anyway, thanks for maintaining such a fun site.

    [ from tanster: thanks, holly! yes, officetally will live on in some form or another. ]

  2. 51. DelegateFromIceland  

    Seven years at an after-hours, full-time, unpaid job is true dedication & loyalty, Tanster!! You are truly amazing for all the work you put into this site! It took me several years to muster the courage to comment ~ the seasoned Tallyheads are celebrities to me :) I’ll be grateful for the outlet OfficeTally will provide when we all go through mourning in May for the best show ever!

    [ from tanster: awww, thank you DFI! ]

  3. 50. Richard  

    Happy Birthday!

    I’m dreading the sad day in May when the Office comes to a close too. Really gonna miss all the behind the scenes info and the passion for the show that this site brings to the table.

    [ from tanster: thanks, richard! i don’t know what i’m going to do with my thursday nights! ]

  4. 49. Kate  

    I have been reading this website forever. It has long been since my Friday morning routine to head to the website, grab my favorite transcribed quote, and post it to my Myspace/Facebook/Twitter (or whatever social media we’ll be using in 2014!). The first episode of The Office I ever saw was Healthcare. I was on a Spring Break trip in high school to Washington D.C. and kept saying to myself “What is the heck is this show? Is this real? How is every one so funny?” I thought it was the most original and hilarious thing I had ever seen. I’ve loved reliving every moment of this show through OfficeTally, and I’ll be monumentally sad to see it go.

    [ from tanster: kate, i hear ya — the first time i saw michael fire pam in the pilot, i changed the channel. i thought, that was so painful. that wasn’t funny at all. it was awkward. what kind of show is this? it’s sick. okay, maybe it’s a little funny. maybe i should watch it again. ;) ]

  5. 48. Tan  

    Happy birthday Office Tally!!!! If only every show could be so lucky to have a fan site as devoted as this – big kudos to Tanster :)!!!

    [ from tanster: thank you! ]

  6. 47. Amy DeFronzo  

    Happy Birthday Office Tally! I have loved this site ever since I discovered it years ago. Tanster, thanks for all you have done for us huge Office fans over the years! We will miss the Office, that is for certain, but we will also miss you!!!

    [ from tanster: awww, thanks amy! ]

  7. 46. Thomas  

    Happy Birthday to OfficeTally! Thanks very much for this great resource for the show. I don’t comment so much but I’ve been reading for the last four seasons and it has been a great accompaniment. Thanks for all the hard work put in.

    [ from tanster: it’s been a pleasure! (twss.) ]

  8. 45. Fingaz Mc  

    Happy birthday, fron England!!! :)

    I can’t believe I only just found this site, during the last season as well. I could have been with my fellow Office fanatics for 7 years lol!!!

    [ from tanster: better late than never. welcome! :) ]

  9. 44. Mr Bill  

    A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY Office Tally and congrats Tanster for all you’ve done to help us Office lovers connnect to the show and its cast and producers in such a special way.

    [ from tanster: thank you mr. bill! ]

  10. 43. notavailableinyourcountry  

    And thank you for doing an amazing job tanster.

    [ from tanster: thanks naiyc! ]

  11. 42. Andy  

    Wow, that’s so long! *that’s what she said* Happy birthday! Only started coming here last year, but I’ve been coming here ever since!

    [ from tanster: yes! — i get a twss! thanks andy. :) ]

  12. 41. Cori  

    Happy Birthday OfficeTally!! I first found this site when you and Kath from GMMR visited the set together. I loved all the behind the scenes stuff. I don’t often comment, but I wanted to say thanks for everything you’ve done for your fellow Office fans! :D

    [ from tanster: thanks cori! ah, the good ol’ days… ]

  13. 40. ilovetheofficestrikesback  

    I’ve watched The Office since I discovered it during the middle of Season 3 mid-way through 8th grade. I loved it instantly and before the end of Season 3 I had the first two seasons on DVD. I discovered Office Tally not long after, and even though I haven’t always consistently posted comments, Office Tally has been a great way to connect with other fans of The Office. I remember winning a prize pack back in the day and getting super excited, even though I knew it was only some mechanical pencils and post-it notes.

    Happy Birthday!
    I hope Office Tally is here for years to come!

    [ from tanster: thanks so much, iltosb! ]

  14. 39. two thumbs  

    Happy Birthday! Let’s all dance around!

    Thanks for many great years, tanster. I have not commented a lot, but I always check officetally at least twice a day. Your hard work is greatly appreciated!

    [ from tanster: thank you, tt! ]

  15. 38. absolutelyido  

    You won’t be alone in May. I think many of us will be wrecks. I’m getting stocked up on tissues now!

    [ from tanster: we’ll have a collective cry followed by a group hug! ]

  16. 37. darth scranton  

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing, as a semi-latecomer to The Office party, I didn’t know how the site got started. I discovered OfficeTally during the Writer’s Strike in Season 4 (“The Deposition” was the first episode I watched on its original broadcast, so I had plenty of time to catch up before “Dinner Party”). Really enjoyed all of your contests, spoilers and the great fan community here at OfficeTally. I will sing the high harmony of Happy Birthday just for you…but it will be a sad one, since the show is ending. Thanks for everything you have done for us, Tanster!

    [ from tanster: thank you, darth! it’s been super fun. :) ]

  17. 36. JJC  


    Jennie (aka “Tanster”)…I appreciate how you have taken a fan site to an awesome level the way you have done…I visit this site at least once a day…Thank you for all you do for us “OFFICE” fans!

    BTW…What becomes of this site after May 2013?

    [ from tanster: thanks jjc! officetally will live on in some form or another. haven’t quite decided yet… ]

  18. 35. Bob  

    I’ve only commented sporadically on this great website, but I do believe I have visited OfficeTally every single day since I discovered it about January 2007. Thanks for adding yet another wonderful dimension to one of the best TV shows ever.

    [ from tanster: thanks, bob! ]

  19. 34. Fire guy  

    Happy Birthday OT. I am a daily visitor, literally for a couple of years at least. I have to ask…why no mention of Steve on Craig Ferguson last night. I missed it and hoped you’d have clips today :(

    [ from tanster: you need to follow officetally on twitter. :) ]

  20. 33. BrokenBrain  

    Happy Birthday OfficeTally! Thank you for all you do.

    I found the site back in S2 when I became invested in these characters and was looking for information on the show that wasn’t smug or snarky. I have always appreciated all the behind the scenes and writer/actor input you get.

    And how cool is it that BJ responded to your letter??!!

    All the best.

    [ from tanster: thanks, bb! yes, b.j. is pretty amazing. :) ]

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