Autograph Pursuit

A lot of work goes into a project of this size, and this page attempts to record some of it.


During October, Steve began working on a database
My goal is to plug the whole collection into a database, just so I can generate web pages and reports easily. Right now, the components are scattered across 8 web pages and 10 word documents. Not conducive to simple maintenance.

On October 3, Steve continued assembling the book.
I've got all the photos in the book now, what remains is the production of the explanations pages. I'll probably do that tomorrow, with an eye towards not having to do any of it once I get to Winter Camp.

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Steve Buscemi.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Fargo, Con Air

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Jerry Mathers.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Leave It To Beaver

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Chuck Norris.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor/Martial Artist

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Ross Perot.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Captain Of Industry, Presidential Candidate

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Chris Rock.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian/Actor

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Adam Sandler.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian/Singer/Actor

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Suzanne Somers.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Three's Company, Step By Step

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to "Weird" Al Yankovic.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Singer

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Pam Dawber.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Mork & Mindy, Stay Tuned

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Brendan Fraser.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - George Of The Jungle, Airheads, The Mummy

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Scott Baio.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Chachi On Happy Days And Joanie Loves Chachie, Charles Of Charles In Charge

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Levar Burton.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor: Star Trek: The Next Generation

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Dana Carvey.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian: Snl, Wayne's World

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Johnny Depp.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Donnie Brasco, Dead Man,

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Jackie Chan.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor/Martial-Artist - Mr. Nice Guy, Rush Hour, Rumble In The Bronx

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Matt Groening.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Creator - The Simpsons, Futurama

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Lisa Kudrow.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Friends, Romy And Michelle's High School Reunion

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Ed O'neill.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Married With Children, Dutch, Wayne's World

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Ladyhawke, One Fine Day, Dangerous Minds

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Keanu Reeves.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, Speed, The Matrix

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Christina Ricci.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Addams Family, Casper

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Winona Ryder.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Beetlejuice, Heathers, Edward Scissorhands

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Steven Seagal.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor/Martial-Artist - Above The Law, The Glimmer Man, Under Siege

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Ally Sheedy.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - The Breakfast Club, Short Circuit

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Elisabeth Shue.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Adventures In Babysitting, Karate Kid, The Saint

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Alicia Silverstone.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Clueless, Batman And Robin

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Brent Spiner.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Star Trek: The Next Generation, Out To Sea, Independence Day

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor/Martial-Artist - Blood Sport, Streetfighter, Universal Soldier

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to George Wendt.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor- Cheers

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Adam West.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Batman

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Tiger Woods.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Professional Golfer

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Noah Wyle.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - ER, Pirates Of Silicon Valley

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Phoebe Cates.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Private School, Gremlins, Princess Caraboo

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Roma Downey.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Touched By An Angel

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Cary Elwes.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Robin Hood: Men In Tights, The Princess Bride

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Janeanne Garofalo.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress/Comedian - Romy And Michelle's High School Reunion, The Truth About Cats And Dogs, The Matchmaker, Mystery Men

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Louis Gossett Jr..
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor - Iron Eagle, Officer And A Gentleman

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Mellisa Joan Hart .
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress -Sabrina The Teenage Witch

On September 30 , 1999, Steve sent one of his famous semi-form letters to Caroline Rhea.
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Holywood Squares, Sabrina The Teenage Witch

On July 22, 1999, Steve made a valiant, but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to recreate some dates.
I admit it. I got lax in keeping up. I haven't lost any autographs or anything crazy like that, but I've definitely been a little slower than I should have been in my logging. I'm now totally caught up and everything is in one of the books (that's right, books). I haven't printed out the facer pages yet; but there's plenty of time.
(Translation for the Steve impaired: I don't have any other plans for Christmas Day -- yet!)

On April 3, 199, Steve continued regretting his words
Okay, having said that about SMG having a clear margin with the only double, I received two more pictures of Courtney Cox today, just like the one I had earlier. Maybe it's just the name Gellar (she plays Monica Gellar on Friends)

On April 2, 1999, Steve received another Sarah Michele Gellar autograph
This brings the SMG total to 4, giving her the record easily

On March 29, Steve continued assembling the book
I put all the autographs I've received this year in the book and discovered two things: first, I'm out of the blue paper I'd been using as a backer; second, I'm out of space in the book. Guess I'll have to start "How Cool is Winter Camp? Volume II" soon.

On March 23, 1999, Ron missed John Major
Had a chance to get an autograph from the former Prime Minister of
England at the Salomon Smith Barney Conference. I was sure there
would be too much security, so I skipped his speech and went home to see Steve and
Mom off. My assistant, Jon, informed me that there was little security and
that people could go up and say hello and get an autograph. He (my former employee) did
not think to get an autograph for camp. I doubt any of my assistants will make that mistake in the future.

On 2/16/99, Steve received his Bob Dole letter via return mail
The address was lined through and someone wrote "Not Here" on the envelope in big letters

On 2/15/99, Steve received his Josie Cotton letter back
Hmm. It would appear that my for pay scheme on addresses wasn't much (if any) better than the free ones I had used.

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bob Dole
Notable projects or claim to fame: Former Senator & Presidential Candidate

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Anthony Michael Hall
Notable projects or claim to fame: Professional Geek/Actor

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dana Delany
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress: Tombstone, China Beach

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Ben Affleck
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor: Chasing Amy, Shakespeare in Love

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sergio Aragones
Notable projects or claim to fame: Cartoonist for Mad Magazine and Groo: The Wanderer

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dan Aykroyd
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian/Actor

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Kevin Bacon
Notable projects or claim to fame: "Thank you sir, may I have another" guy, plus the six degrees game.

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Antonio Banderas
Notable projects or claim to fame: Zorro in mask of Zorro.

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Barney
Notable projects or claim to fame: Hard to pass this one up

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to James Belushi
Notable projects or claim to fame: The Principal

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tom Berenger
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor, starred in Major League series among others

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Ryan Bollman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor named Bollman (how could you pass that up?)

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Powers Boothe
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actor; one of the best "not quite a villains" around.

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Matthew Broderick
Notable projects or claim to fame: Ferris Bueller

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Mel Brooks
Notable projects or claim to fame: Director of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein among others

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Julie Brown
Notable projects or claim to fame: musical artist and former MTV Star.

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Gary Busey
Notable projects or claim to fame: Mr. Joshua in Lethal Weapon

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to George & Barbara Bush
Notable projects or claim to fame: Former President & First Lady

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Drew Carey
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian and Sit-Com star

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Charisma Carpenter
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress from Buffy; Former Laker Girl

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tia Carrere
Notable projects or claim to fame: actress from Wayne's World and Kull

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Johnny Carson
Notable projects or claim to fame: Talk Show host

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dana Carvey
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian/Impressionist

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Kim Cattrall
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Julia Child
Notable projects or claim to fame: Culinary Genius

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Andrew Dice Clay
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to President Bill Clinton
Notable projects or claim to fame: President

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Martha Coolidge
Notable projects or claim to fame: Director of Valley Girl and Real Genius

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Josie Cotton
Notable projects or claim to fame: "Johnny, Are you queer?" and other Valley Girl tunes (they're the prom band).

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Courteney Cox
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Monica on Friends

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Geena Davis
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Cutthroat Island, Long Kiss Goodnight, A League of their Own

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bob Denver
Notable projects or claim to fame: Gilligan on Gilligan's Island

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Joyce DeWitt
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - Three's Company

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Cameron Diaz
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress - The Mask, Something About Mary

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Terry Donohue
Notable projects or claim to fame: Technical Director on Pee Wee's Playhouse and Just Say Julie

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to James Galway
Notable projects or claim to fame: Chieftains Floutist

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sarah Michelle Gellar
Notable projects or claim to fame: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Molly Ringwald
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress: The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles

On 2/11/99, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Andie MacDowell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Actress

On January 28, Steve signed up for an address service
Not sure it'll help, but it didn't cost much and I did find some addresses that had previously eluded me. I also found different (hopefully better!) addresses for a number of stars I had been hoping to hook up with.

On January 23, Steve received some stuff from Sean Reynolds
I didn't receive an autograph yet, but I sure got a boatload of other stuff. He sent me 2 starters of Battletech, 1 of Netrunner, 8 really big dice, a pack of Magestorm, a pack I haven't been able to identify, 4 or 5 dragon champions, over 30 ultra-rare magic item dice, and a bunch of lapel pins.
If nothing else, it pays to suck up <grin>

On January 20, Steve mailed Sean Reynolds
Sean used to be the webmaster for TSR. He is currently the Dragon Dice guru and is working on several other projects. I was writing him to get some complimentary dice and threw in an autograph request for the heck of it.

On 12/25/98, Steve completed work on the project for this year.
I've added all the autographs Ron brought with him and assembled the book. All that remains is to go public with the book and this page.

On 12/25/98, Steve received the last autograph that will be at camp this year.
William Shatner sent a small autographed photo and an invitation to join his fan club. It's unlikely that any further autographs will make it into the book this year.

On 12/18/98, Steve e-mailed Mark Bollman
I told him about the project since I thought it might be funny to have it just sort of show up in the Winter Camp Trivia Test unannnounced. His one word response?
Wow!
Hopefully, he's a master of understatement.

On 12/19/98, Steve e-mailed Debby Foreman
I wanted to ask her about the request thing; I figure she's the most likely person I could consult to tell me if there's some reason why female celebs would be so much less responsive than males. Thus far, she herself has been unresponsive, so maybe a little reminder will help <grin>.

On 12/19/98, Steve continued assembling the book
I took all the entries for successful autographs so far and printed them on some cool paper. I then reorganized the book in chronological order. I thought about trying to do it by type or level of fame or something but couldn't come up with a good order. Besides, this way Steve Jackson gets to be first.

On 12/9/98, Steve explored the possibility that women were ignoring requests.
Not sure if that's really the case, but here's the deal as of today: I've mailed out 108 requests (roughly). Thirty of those were sent to women. To date, only Rosie O'Donnell has sent an autograph; Jennifer Love Hewitt is the only other woman who even responded and, frankly, her response sucked.
Of the nearly eighty men I've sent requests to, more than twenty have already responded and not one of them has asked me to join their fan club. (That doesn't even count the nine guys I got through e-mail), which would make it more like 30 out of 90.
I don't know if women get more of these requests and therefore can't deal with them as quickly (although I can't imagine that any of them were more popular than Jim Carrey or Mel Gibson or some of the other men who have responded). The whole thing is just weird.

On 12/5/98, Steve received returned mail from George Carlin
At least there was an expired forwarding order showing the correct address; it should be back in the mail on Monday.

On 11/22/98, Steve decided to stop sending requests by mail.
Since our primary goal is to have these at Winter Camp, sending any more after today seems a little pointless. As it is, I'm sure we'll be seeing new autographs for most of '99.

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Alex Trebek
Notable projects or claim to fame: Host of Jeopardy

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Alyssa Milano
Notable projects or claim to fame: Who's the Boss?, Charmed

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Andy Richter
Notable projects or claim to fame: Conan O'Brien

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Ann B. Davis
Notable projects or claim to fame: Brady Bunch

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Christina Applegate
Notable projects or claim to fame: Married: With Children, Jesse, The Big Hit

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Clayton Moore
Notable projects or claim to fame: The Lone Ranger

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to General Colin Powell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Desert Storm

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Courtney Love
Notable projects or claim to fame: Hole

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Danny DeVito
Notable projects or claim to fame: Taxi, Matilda, Twins

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dave Thomas
Notable projects or claim to fame: Founder of Wendy's

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to David Spade
Notable projects or claim to fame: Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me!

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Deborah Foreman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Valley Girl, My Chauffer

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Steve Yzerman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Red Wings

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Darren McCarty
Notable projects or claim to fame: Red Wings

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dom DeLuise
Notable projects or claim to fame: Cannonball Run, Silent Movie

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Fess Parker
Notable projects or claim to fame: Daniel Boone

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to George Carlin
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to George Clooney
Notable projects or claim to fame: Batman, One Fine Day, The Peacemaker, ER

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Joe Pesci
Notable projects or claim to fame: Lethal Weapon, Home Alone

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to John Travolta
Notable projects or claim to fame: Broken Arrow, Face Off

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Leslie Nielsen
Notable projects or claim to fame: Airplane, Police Squad

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Lisa Kudrow
Notable projects or claim to fame: Friends, Romy and Michele...

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Mark Hamill
Notable projects or claim to fame: Star Wars

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Michael Keaton
Notable projects or claim to fame: Night Shift, Multiplicity, Beetlejuice

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Robert De Niro
Notable projects or claim to fame: Cape Fear, Ronin

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Robin Williams
Notable projects or claim to fame: Mork, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Shannen Doherty
Notable projects or claim to fame: 90210, Charmed

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Steven Seagal
Notable projects or claim to fame: Glimmer Man, Above the Law

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tom Arnold
Notable projects or claim to fame: True Lies, The Stupids

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tom Hite
Notable projects or claim to fame: The band Nickel

On 11/21/98, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Alyson Hannigan
Notable projects or claim to fame: Buffy, Dead Man on Campus

During the week of 11/14-11/21, Steve looked for more addresses and for replacements for some existing addresses that had failed.
I had pretty good success and came up with about 25 addresses. My total number of mailed requests is now 108. I've had about a dozen rejections that I was able to remail too. I recommend not buying clasp envelopes at Meijer's. They are of inferior quality

On 11/13/98, Steve e-mailed Deborah Foreman
Okay, so I've been totally unable to find any sort of address for her but then I find a web page called "In Worship O' Deborah Foreman" which points me to a page that says it's her own personal homepage. It even has e-mail. I figure it beats nothing, so I send an e-mail sort of explaining what we're up to and asking her if she can help me out (at the same time, I'm skeptical -- celebrity e-mails aren't known for their reliability).
When I get home today, it turns out it really is her and she sends me her address. Life is good.

On 11/13/98, Steve received three more rejected letters
This time around it was Christina Applegate, George Clooney, and Deborah Foreman. The first two I think will be easy, the last one may be more challenging.

On 11/9/98, Steve received a second Pat Sajak photo
Nope, no difference; I was kind of excited when I saw the Wheel of Fortune return address. I figured it was either Vanna or a better Sajak. Denied. Same exact thing.

On 11/9/98, Steve received two more rejected letters
This time is was Michael Keaton and Lisa Kudrow; working on new addresses for both.

On 11/6/98, Steve began mounting autographs
All the autographs I've received to date are mounted and some sample art is in the book too. I'm not sure yet what to do for the other page. I might just print the results of our log effort here. Any suggestions?

On 11/7/98, Steve e-mailed Tom Hite of the band Nickel
Nickel's song "Sensitive Man" appeared on the "Reptile Boy" episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. It was a good song and I've mail-ordered the disk (no major label so far). Anyhow, their web page included an e-mail address so I tried it; they're going to send me something as soon as I get them an SASE.

On 11/6/98, Steve met Robert Jordan
The author of the best-selling Wheel of Time series made an appearance at the Southgate Waldenbooks & More. I was a little bummed because I'd hoped to get him to sign one of our cards, but that proved impossible; all he would sign was his books, on a specific page and only with his name. It beat a stick in the eye, but not by much. The line took over an hour to go through.

On 11/6/98, Steve mailed Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty and Courtney Love again
Found new addresses for all of them. Apparently the "management" business is pretty volatile. I also found a page that would let you (allegedly) send an e-mail to Alyssa Milano, so I gave it a shot. Can't hurt.

On 11/6/98, Steve e-mailed the Edge
The Edge is my favorite radio station so I sent them a note asking if they could sign some autographs and (maybe) collect a few musicians and stuff they meet. No response so far.

On 11/6/98, Steve received more return to sender letters
It's a bad day for beautiful women on the autograph project; I got back Alyssa Milano, Shannon Doherty and Courtney Love today.

On 11/4/98, Steve mailed semi-form letters to:
Tori Amos (described just this morning as a red-haired goddess by one of my favorite DJ's)
Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line is it Anyways?)
Ryan Stiles (The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line is it Anyways?)
Christina Applegate (Don't Tell Mom..., Married: with Children, The Big Hit)
Jon Lovitz (Lots of B-movies, Saturday Night Live)

On 11/4/98, Steve pursued corrected e-mails
I managed to find a different address for everyone except Harry Anderson (from Night Court). The quest continues.

On 11/4/98, Steve received more letters back.
I got back Matt LeBlanc, Mike Myers, Dennis Miller, Leonard Nimoy, and Harry Anderson. Guess I had some bad addresses. More back to the net for me.

On 11/2/98, Steve received the letters he sent to Bill Murray and Rosie O'Donnell back as undeliverable, no forwarding
Guess it's back to the net for some new/different addresses.

On 11/2/98, Steve explored getting Robert Jordan's autograph
Robert Jordan (author of "The Wheel of Time" series) will be doing a book signing at Waldenbooks of Southgate. I have a friend who used to work there, so I'm checking to see if she can hook us up with some express treatment. Also, the advertising says he'll only be signing hard covers, so I checked with Ron to see which hardcover to get and then asked my friend Colleen to see if she could hook us up with the hardcover and a signed WCFS notecard. More details later.

On 11/2/98, Steve continued his WOTC Quest
I identified the various Wizards guys I got autographs from and even acquired some sample cards for the artists involved.

On 11/1/98, Steve mailed Mark Evanier
Mark Evanier is a famous comic book writer; he wrote Groo, DNAgents and Crossfire, three of my all-time favorite comics.

On 11/1/98, Steve mailed Jolly Blackburn
Jolly is the creator of Knights of the Dinner Table, one of the funniest comic books (if you're a gamer) ever written.

On 11/01/98, Steve began assembling a scrapbook of autographs
I bought some mounting corners, card stock, and a binder. I already had a bunch of sheet protectors. My basic plan is to have the book be designed to be open; the left page will explain who the Autograph is from and how we got it. The right will show the item(s) we got...

On 10/31/98, Steve received Ted Nugent's autograph
Ted becomes the first person in the mass mailing to reply by sending me an autographed photo

On October 25, Steve mailed a semi-form letter to Katie Holms
Notable projects or claim to fame: Joey on Dawson's Creek, Disturbing Behavior

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Nicholas Cage
Notable projects or claim to fame: Valley Girl, Con Air, lots more

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bruce Campbell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Evil Dead, Xena, Hercules, Army of Darkness

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Neve Campbell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Scream, Scream 2

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jimmy Carter
Notable projects or claim to fame: Former President

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sean Connery
Notable projects or claim to fame: Living Legend

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dave Coulier
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Courteney Cox
Notable projects or claim to fame: Monica on Friends

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to John Cusack
Notable projects or claim to fame: Con Air, The Sure Thing, tons more

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Rodney Dangerfield
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dr. Demento
Notable projects or claim to fame: Radio DJ

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Shannen Doherty
Notable projects or claim to fame: Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Michael Dorn
Notable projects or claim to fame: Worf on Star Trek

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Clint Eastwood
Notable projects or claim to fame: Living Legend

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Roger Ebert
Notable projects or claim to fame: Movie Critic

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Anthony Edwards
Notable projects or claim to fame: ER, Revenge of the Nerds, Gotcha

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Gerald R. Ford
Notable projects or claim to fame: Former President

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Harrison Ford
Notable projects or claim to fame: Han Solo, Indiana Jones

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Deborah Foreman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Valley Girl

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jonathan Frakes
Notable projects or claim to fame: Riker on Star Trek

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Gallagher
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Terri Garr
Notable projects or claim to fame: Mr. Mom, First Born, Ronnie and Julie

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sarah Michelle Gellar
Notable projects or claim to fame: Buffy, I Know What You Did Last Summer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Mel Gibson
Notable projects or claim to fame: Lethal Weapon series, Mad Max, Living Legend

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Danny Glover
Notable projects or claim to fame: Lethal Weapon, Silverado, Predator 2

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to James Earl Jones
Notable projects or claim to fame: Darth Vader

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Val Kilmer
Notable projects or claim to fame: Real Genius, Top Gun, Top Secret, The Saint

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Lisa Kudrow
Notable projects or claim to fame: Romy and Michelle, Phoebe on Friends

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Christopher Lambert
Notable projects or claim to fame: Conner MacCloud

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Matt LeBlanc
Notable projects or claim to fame: Lost in Space, Joey on Friends

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tom Lehrer
Notable projects or claim to fame: Musician

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Courtney Love
Notable projects or claim to fame: Musician

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jennifer Love Hewitt
Notable projects or claim to fame: Just Can't Wait, I Know What You Did Last Summer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to George Lucas
Notable projects or claim to fame: Director

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jennifer Connelly
Notable projects or claim to fame: Labyrinth, Rocketeer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Andie MacDowell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Multiplicity, Ground Hog Day

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Darren McGavin
Notable projects or claim to fame: A Christmas Story, Kolchak: The Night Stalker

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Alyssa Milano
Notable projects or claim to fame: Charmed, Who's the Boss?

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Dennis Miller
Notable projects or claim to fame: Comedian

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Mike Myers
Notable projects or claim to fame: So I Married an Axe Murderer, Wayne's World

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Ted Nugent
Notable projects or claim to fame: Musician

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Conan O'Brien
Notable projects or claim to fame: Talk Show Host

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Trey Parker
Notable projects or claim to fame: Creator of South Park

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Penn & Teller
Notable projects or claim to fame: Magicians and more

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to John Ritter
Notable projects or claim to fame: Buffy guest shot, Three's Company, Hero at Large

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Pat Sajak
Notable projects or claim to fame: Game Show Host

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sherwood Schwartz
Notable projects or claim to fame: Creator of Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger
Notable projects or claim to fame: Living Legend

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to William Shatner
Notable projects or claim to fame: Kirk on Star Trek

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Armin Shimerman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Quark on DS9, Principal Snyder on Buffy

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Steven Spielberg
Notable projects or claim to fame: Famed Director

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Patrick Stewart
Notable projects or claim to fame: Captain Picard

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Matt Stone
Notable projects or claim to fame: Creator of South Park

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Gene Wilder
Notable projects or claim to fame: Willie Wonka, Blazing Saddles

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bruce Willis
Notable projects or claim to fame: Die Hard, Last Boy Scout, Fifth Element

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to John Woo
Notable projects or claim to fame: Director/Producer of The Big Hit, Broken Arrow, Face Off

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Tim Allen
Notable projects or claim to fame: Home Improvement, Jungle-2-Jungle

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Harry Anderson
Notable projects or claim to fame: Magician

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jennifer Aniston
Notable projects or claim to fame: Rachel on Friends

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Sandra Bullock
Notable projects or claim to fame: The Net, Speed, Practical Magic

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Jim Carrey
Notable projects or claim to fame: Ace Ventura, Mask, Liar, Liar, the Truman Show

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to George Clooney
Notable projects or claim to fame: Doug on ER, The Peacemaker, Batman

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Nicole Kidman
Notable projects or claim to fame: The Peacemaker, Practical Magic

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Michael Keaton
Notable projects or claim to fame: Batman, Night Shift, Gung Ho, Mr. Mom

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to David Letterman
Notable projects or claim to fame: Talk Show Host

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Rick Moranis
Notable projects or claim to fame: Strange Brew

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bill Murray
Notable projects or claim to fame: Living Legend

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Leonard Nimoy
Notable projects or claim to fame: Spock on Star Trek

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Rosie O'Donnell
Notable projects or claim to fame: Talk Show Hostess

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Bob Vila
Notable projects or claim to fame: Home Improvement Guru

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Seth Green
Notable projects or claim to fame: Oz on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Nicholas Brendon
Notable projects or claim to fame: Xander on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Joss Whedon
Notable projects or claim to fame: Creator of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Charisma Carpenter
Notable projects or claim to fame: Cordelia on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On October 24, Steve sent a semi-form letter to Anthony Stewart Head
Notable projects or claim to fame: Giles on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

On October 21, Steve began collecting addresses
I've started using the Internet to locate addresses of some celebrities (my faves anyhow). My goal is to get a letter mailed before the end of the month (maybe even before the end of the week). I already have envelopes and postage (this plan has been semi-formed for a while) so it could happen pretty soon. More details to follow. Hopefully, this will work; if we don't get more big names soon, the whole thing could wind up looking semi-pathetic.

On 9/9/98, Ron began working on getting a Johnnie Mitchell autograph
My friend, Chip McNeer came in and told me that the Spider Sally autograph was a done deal. He
also indicated he is working on a mortgage for former Al-Pro Tight End Johnnie Mitchell. He said that
an autograph will be forthcoming.

On 8/15 & 16, Steve missed Magnus ver Magnusson
The World's strongest men made an appearance at the Michigan Renaissance Festival and I never managed to get over there to get autographs. The only two whose names I recognized were Magnus and Chief Harold "Iron Bear" Collins.

On August 8, Ron pursued Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson, lead singer for Yes, was scheduled to appear at the mall near my home. I went there for the appearance, but he did not show until late, and when he did, he walked around, shook hands with the crowd and left.
What a bummer! Foiled again.

During May, Steve pursued WOTC Autographs
I exchanged a ton of e-mail with Patricia Krause who apparently handles the youth programs of WOTC. She agreed to see what she could do. In return, I had to tell her a whole lot of stuff about Scouting, particularly about Boys Life and Scouting magazine. If either of them starts running M:TG articles or ads, it'll probably be because of me.

During April, May and June, Ron explored getting an autograph from John "Spider" Salley
My neighbor, Chip McNeer is a mortgage broker and worked on a mortgage for John Salley.
When I told him I was looking for autographs, he said that he could get one from John, no problem.
To date, there has been a problem, no autograph. I think that this one will pan out over time.

During April and May, Ron pursued Adam Sandler and Adam Covert
The guy in the office next to mine is named Steve Covert. His son is an actor, best known for appearing in Adam Sandler's movies. As a practical matter, he is actually Adam Sandler's best friend; they are roommates, he produced Adam's album and was the road manager for his tour. For those who have seen the movies, he was the Caddy in Hapy Gilmour and was the guy in the obnoxious red suit that danced with Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer. Anyway, Steve told me that he could hook me up with some autographed pictures or memorabilia. He has not produced as of July 31, 1998. Hopefully, he will deliver at some point.

On April 23, 1998, Ron Donohue met General Norman Schwartkopf
I was attending an Institutional Investor Forum for REIT Investors at the Ritz-Carlton on Palm Beach. The event was psonsored by Lehman Brothers Smith Barney and General Schwartzkopf was the luncheon speaker. After the meal and speech, I went up, stood in line, and shook his hand. I asked for the autograph on the luncheon menu, explaining it was for a Boy Scout group. He had just finished a speech on leadership in which he said that "you do not have to go to Washington, D.C. to see leadership, just go to your local school or church where the Boy Scouts have their meetings and you can see real leaders, every day of the week." He told me he would be proud to help out our autograph collecion.

On 7/23/98, Steve pursued Robin Leach
A friend met him somewhere (details later) and said that he would be bumping into him again at the Windsor Casino Opening. I asked him to try getting an autograph for us if he didn't think it would be an imposition.

Late in April, Steve began chasing WOTC/TSR Autographs
Bolstered by my success with Steve Jackson and Aaron Allston, I sent a note to Peter Adkison, president of Wizards of the Coast, asking about getting autographs of some of the big time staffers there.
I was refered to Customer Service.

On 4/8/98, Steve mailed Allyson Hannigan
She plays Willow on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. I thought it would be pretty easy, easier than the rest of the cast, because I read that she reads all her own fan mail and is a big Dr. Suess fan.
I applied my own bizarre poetic talents to see if I could parlay them into a cool autograph.

On 4/8/98, Steve mailed Aaron Allston
Aaron's autograph was also in the bag before I mailed my SASE; I was able to contact him by e-mail first too.

On 4/8/98, Steve mailed Steve Jackson
This one was pretty easy, since I had emailed him first and he said it would be happy to autograph something for us.

During April, Ron & Steve discussed pursuing autographs
This decision had two primary factors -- first, we wanted to have something new and different for this Winter Camp; second, Ron thought he had a pretty good line on getting a John Sally autograph. It was decided that we would go ahead and try it.
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