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Darrell Power - Acquired by Occasional Visitor on May 1, 1999
Who is this person:
Darrell plays bass on stage, he is always 'nodding on a mandolin, guitar, fiddle, accordian, harmonica, and bones' for Great Big Sea, a Newfoundland-based band that plays an eclectic blend of Celtic, maritime, and folk music. The easiest way to describe it might be to say it's good time music for the most part.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
OV attended the concert and got the autograph in part because there are at least two winter campers who are fans of their music, Steve Donohue and Joe Hall.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
First autograph snagged by a non-Winter Camper and a non-relative of a Winter Camper. OV sent the autograph, as well as four pictures taken at the show, to Winter Campers as part of the "Hobby Box".
What did you get?
A signed copy of the May-June program for the Ark, an Ann Arbor performance center.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Great Big Sea Home Page

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Alan Doyle - Acquired by Occasional Visitor on May 1, 1999
Who is this person:
Alan primarily plays guitar for Great Big Sea, a Newfoundland-based band that plays an eclectic blend of Celtic, maritime, and folk music. The easiest way to describe it might be to say it's good time music for the most part.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
OV attended the concert and got the autograph in part because there are at least two winter campers who are fans of their music, Steve Donohue and Joe Hall.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
First autograph snagged by a non-Winter Camper and a non-relative of a Winter Camper. If anyone gets the assist, it's probably Jerry Donohue - Steve discovered the band while looking for a song called "The Night Pat Murphy Died" for his dad. He bought the album and liked it, then told everyone else to buy it.
What did you get?
A signed copy of the May-June program for the Ark, an Ann Arbor performance center.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Great Big Sea Home Page

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Joseph Csatari - Acquired by Jeff on 10/29/99
Who is this person:
Mr. Csatari is the official artist of the Boy Scouts of America, having assumed this role following Norman Rockwell.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Mr. Csatari was present at a Boy Scout art show in Albany, New York.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
What did you get?
Signed booklet "To the Scouts at Winter Camp"
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
James Galway - Acquired by Steve on May
Who is this person:
One of the most renowned floutists in the world. He is one of the driving forces behind The Chieftains. Winter Campers have often been lulled to sleep by his excellent playing on two collections of Japanese melodies.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
I'm a huge fan of his music.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Nope
What did you get?
An autographed photo inscribed "To everyone involved in the Winter Camp with all good wishes". It's dated 27/2/99 (European-style!) and it says it was signed in Switzerland (but it was mailed from the US - it's probably our second international autograph, totally blowing our previous "There can be only one!" motif.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Yahoo

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Gallagher - Acquired by Steve on 12/27/98
Who is this person:
A comedian famous for his Sledge-O-Matic. Gallagher has done a number of TV specials.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
He always makes me laugh and he lived in North Palm Beach, Florida which made it sort of a coup to score one from one of Ron's neighbors
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Received by mail in 67 days
What did you get?
An autographed picture signed Gallagher with a hat over it.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Gallagher Smash: Sledge-o-matic and more

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Rodney Dangerfield - Acquired by Steve on 12/5/98
Who is this person:
A famous comedian who has appeared in a number of "Winter Camp Approved" Movies, including "Caddyshack" and "Back to School"
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
He's famous and funny.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Took 42 days by mail
What did you get?
An autographed picture.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Rodney Dangerfield Web Page

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Robert Jordan - Acquired by Steve on 11/8/98
Who is this person:
"Robert Jordan" is actually a pseudonym for James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he has written the Wheel of Time fantasy series as well as several books of the "Conan" series (Conan the Invincible, Conan the Unconquered, Conan the Magnificent, Conan the Victorious, C.t.Triumphant, Conan the Destroyer, Conan the Defender). Other pseudonyms are Reagan O'Neal (The Fallon Blood, The Fallon Pride, The Fallon Legacy, which are being re-issued soon), Jackson O'Reilly (Cheyenne Raiders), and Chang Lung (contributions to various periodicals including Library Journal, Fantasy Review, Science Fiction Review). (Source: Contemporary Authors vol. 140.)
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Ron is a big fan of the Wheel of Time, which are inevitably New York Times Bestsellers. We have one other New York Times Bestselling author, so I thought we should keep up the tradition.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
I tried to take advantage of some connections at the local bookstore and they didn't come through for me. I wound up waiting in line for about an hour to get the book signed; Mr. Jordan seemed like a nice enough guy, but his publicists were pretty much autograph nazis. The line experience was pretty weird; I would say half the line (at least) were gamers, some of the rabid type. They discussed various authors and series and some of them were pretty vehement in their love/hate of certain works. At one point I thought there might be a brawl. Later, when their discussion turned to game systems, I got a pretty good laugh since it was something I knew about; if they were half as ignorant about books as they were about gaming, I probably missed a really good time by not being familiar with the books being discussed.
What did you get?
The autograph nazis took the book from me and handed it to him on the only page he would autograph, the title page. There was no personalizing of autographs either, so it was the least cool in-person autograph so far.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
The Waygate

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Tom Lehrer - Acquired by Steve on 11/2/98
Who is this person:
Tom Lehrer graduated from Harvard with a degree in Mathematics at the age of 18; he remained there as a graduate student for eight years. While at Harvard, he began writing and performing his own songs. He has been basically retired from music from more than 30 years, although he still teaches and sometimes dusts off one of his classics.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Tom is second only to "Weird" Al Yankovic in popularity on the Dr. Demento show, an amazing feat given that he's only released three records in the last thirty years (at least according to my liner notes). Some of his most famous songs are "Masochism Tango", "The Elements Song" (in which he sings the names of all the elements known at that time) and, of course, "Be Prepared" a song based on the Scout Motto but applying it to some seriously non-Scout like behavior.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Not really; Tom took only 7 days to respond. I was a little nervous, since he's 70 now, but I guess his touring schedule hasn't been that hectic (he last toured, again based on my liner notes, in 1960).
What did you get?
A very cool notecard on which Tom wrote "My advice to Winter Camp is:" and then drew a staff and the music for the line "Be Prepared". It's definitely second in coolness only to Pete Venters of the stuff I have so far.
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
www.yahoo.com

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Ted Nugent - Acquired by Steve on 10/31/98
Who is this person:
Ted Nugent is a rock legend. He had a long career as a solo artist and then was part of Damn Yankees. He also hosts a local morning show (although I've never heard it, some folks swear by it). He's also a successful businessman and a conservation activist who, like the BSA, believes the outdoors are a good place for young people (of course, we don't give them guns).
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
The Detroit connection was obvious since he lives in the area and is on a local station. For some people, he's definitely a legend and they never miss him. He's also a successful businessman who uses his influence to support worthy causes.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Ted's was the first autograph that I just sent an unsolicited letter for; it came back in 4 days.
What did you get?
He sent me a picture of himself in camos carrying a bow and posing with a big (presumably dead) buck. It's inscribed "Winter Camp - may the Spirit be always with you"
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Yahoo

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Robin Leach - Acquired by Steve on 7/27/98
Who is this person:
Probably best known for his show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", Robin Leach is a media personality.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
Although I had two cool autographs already, I was totally lacking a household name. Robin Leach is pretty well-known.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
I may top the unusual circumstances list with this one. I have a friend who runs his own adult web page. His page was nominated for an award. When he attended the awards ceremony in New York, he wound up sitting next to Robin Leach, since his table was the only one with any vacant seats. They spent the night together and Barry (my friend) told Robin to look him up if he was ever in Detroit. A few weeks later, Robin called him. He planned to attend the opening of Casino Windsor and was allowed to bring a few guests. He invited Barry to bring along a few of his friends to the opening. I didn't go to the opening, but Barry wound up arranging a private party after the opening (I didn't go there either). Anyhow, as the evening wore on, Barry wound up getting the autograph for me. One of the more interesting things I read about the evening was Barry driving Robin to his hotel. A car load of fans recognized Robin Leach and were hooping and hollering. When they stopped at a light, Robin rolled down his window and asked the carload of fans "Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon Mustard?"
What did you get?
An autographed piece of notebook paper signed "To Steve for the Boy Scout's Winter Camp event, Champagne Wishes, Robin Leach".
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Robin Leach on Yahoo

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Julia Child - Acquired by Steve on 2/25/99
Who is this person:
Julia Child is probably the most famous cook/chef in the world. She defined the cooking show.
Why did you think this would be cool for Winter Camp?
It just seemed like we should have a chef's endorsement for Winter Camp.
Any interesting details or stories behind the quest:
Received by mail in 14 days
What did you get?
A picture and a personal letter which reads
Dear Winter Campers
Congratulations on your wonderful camping program! And I am so glad to hear that you are interested in culinary endeavors. It's quite a challenge to cook when you are camping, I should think, but most enjoyable to eat good food after being out in snowy weather.
Enjoy your Winter Camping Experience!
Bon Apetit!
Julia Child
Okay, so where can I find out more about this person?
Yahoo

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