From the Guardian:
"I went to a couple of places two years ago and I got seven hundred and something hate-mail warnings – 'We know where you are going to be and we'll be there waiting for you', that sort of thing," says Blume. "My publisher sent me with a bodyguard. He was wonderful, I loved knowing he was there. And nothing happened and probably nothing would have happened, but it was very scary."
I shouldn't be surprised that she gets hate mail like that, but I am.
Does the US have an equivalent to being knighted or damed? (<--I feel that verbifying the word 'dame' is questionable, but whatever.) The Presidential Medal of Freedom, maybe? Whatever it is, Judy Blume should get it.