WHAT WILL Reader's Digest think of next? To induce people to enter its annual sweepstakes, the magazine is sending out letters from a vice president of the obscure bank in Minnesota to which it has transferred money to pay the winner.
"Even though we've never met," says the letter from Paul C. Forstrom, vice president for special accounts of Citizens State Bank in Clara City, Minn., "I may turn out to be one of the most important people in your life." Mr. Forstrom goes on to explain that Reader's Digest has deposited $167,000 in his bank, the first payment of the $5 million sweepstakes grand prize.
"Important, Reader's Digest has advised us that you have come through both stages -- selection of names and issuance of Entry Documents -- and that you will be guaranteed eligibility in the Third Stage Prize Selection for the . . . Grand Prize."