Actress, game show panelist, voice artist, and comedian Marcia Wallace passed away a few weeks ago. Wallace was known for her tall frame, red hair, and distinctive laugh. She played the role of Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and provided the voice for elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel on the animated series “The Simpsons.”
I had the chance to meet Wallace at a book signing in 2004. I found her to be very kind and generous with her time. In addition to signing her autobiography, she also signed a card for me (shown below). I am glad I had the chance to meet Marcia Wallace and I am glad her signature is part of my collection. R.I.P. Marcia.
Worley promptly responded to my request by returning the items that I sent her — a photo and a couple of cards. All three signed perfectly.
One of the cards she returned was a “signature card” from a company called TheAutographCard. They sell a full line of cards which are perfect for obtaining autographs. From the regular “signature card” (pictured here with Worley’s signature) to sports, artist, music, and comic book illustrator cards, this company has a great selection. The cards measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ (standard sports card size). They are glossy on both sides and have a place for a signature on the front side and details about the signature on the reverse. If you are a collector — either in-person, or TTM — give these cards a try. You will be glad you did. They can be purchased from the company’s website: (www.TheAutographCard.com).
Thanks Jo Anne for your quick response to my request. Another great addition to my collection!
A TTM is known in the world of autograph collecting as a “Through the Mail” autograph. Sometimes it is not possible to get an autograph in-person and as a result, I will write a letter to someone hoping that I can obtain their signature through the United States Postal Service. Of course you have to assume that the celebrity you are writing to actually signs through the mail and does not use an autopen, or employ someone to do their signing for them. In addition to sending the item that you wish to have signed, it is common courtesy to also include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with your request so the celebrity can return your item (at no cost to them). Addresses can be found on the internet, or by using a purchased address list. I subscribe to an on-line address service which provides addresses and statistics about the signing habits of the person I am writing to. It works well for me.
In October of 2012, I wrote Tony award winner Carol Channing a letter in the hopes of receiving an autograph. Even though it took 10 months, I had a surprise in my post office box last week.
Channing signed an 8×10 black and white print that I sent her. The print was returned in my envelope and it arrived in perfect condition. Channing who is a singer, actress, and comedienne celebrated her 92nd birthday in January. She rarely makes public appearances these days, so a through the mail signature is the best I could hope for. Thanks Carol. I appreciate the return of my item and of course your signature! A great addition to my collection.
On Saturday, August 11, 2012, Mitt Romney announced his running mate — Paul Ryan. Being a political junkie, I always try and get all Presidential and potential VP picks as they criss-cross through Iowa. Since Iowa was an “undecided” state, Romney sent Paul Ryan out on his first solo visit after being picked as the Vice-Presidential candidate. That first appearance — the Iowa State Fair. With a White House engraving and sharpie in hand, I waited patiently by the rope line near the spot that Ryan was scheduled to speak.
After 30 minutes, he was spotted. Surprisingly, Ryan walked right up to me and I said “Would you please sign my print?” Even more surprisingly, the response was “NO.” Ryan explained that the Secret Service would not allow him to sign autographs. It took more time for him to explain this than it would have taken to sign my item. Bummer! Knowing that I already had Romney, Obama, and Biden made this even more of a let down. Ryan appeared two more times in my area, but I was unable to try again.
Out the admission price to the fair, the transportation, and about 20 dollars for “fair” food, I decided to leave the fairgrounds. On the way out the gate, I spotted John King from CNN. Having had the opportunity to meet most of the CNN anchors, King was a must for my collection since I did not have his autograph. After completing a live segment, he happily signed an autograph and posed for a photo. This signature was definitely worth the trip and definitely resulted in the day not being wasted. Thanks John!
I recently had the opportunity to meet country signer Rosanne Cash during her recent visit to the midwest. Rosanne Cash is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.
After Cash’s performance, I was able to get a photo autographed and a photo taken with her. Cash was very pleasant to her fans and was very gracious about signing items and posing for photos. Cash probably witnessed how her father treated his fans over the years and it is nice to see that she does the same.
I have always enjoyed three of Cash’s hits from the 1980′s — “Never Be You,” “Seven Year Ache, ” and “Hold On.” It was great to meet her and I am glad I now have her signature in my collection.
On January 8, 2010, while visiting New York City, I had the opportunity to meet Ann Curry outside the TODAY Show studios. Ann is an American television personality, news journalist, and photojournalist. Last week, NBC made the decision to remove her as co-host of TODAY due to a downturn in the number of viewers.
In my opinion, NBC has removed one of their finest journalists from the show. Ann was named co-host less than a year ago and had not had a chance to shine yet. Because ratings drive network television, she was removed. I doubt, however, that we have seen the last of her.
Even though it was frigid the morning I saw her (10 to 15 degrees if I recall), she was kind enough to visit with me, pose for a photograph and sign an autograph. As you can tell, she has quite a distinctive signature. Ann Curry is a true professional and she will be missed on TODAY. Good Luck, Ann, in whatever role you pursue next.