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General Etiquette => Etiquette of the Rich and Famous => Topic started by: McCutieBelle on December 09, 2009, 08:09:34 PM

Title: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on December 09, 2009, 08:09:34 PM
Hi everyone! This list just came out and I was curious if anyone had any good, bad, indifferent autograph stories about meeting celebs. I asked for one from local sports icons when I was little... and one time when I met Greg Proops... I ADORED Greg Proops, but I was not too into getting an autograph from him, just because I knew I would loose it and he was hanging out after a show chatting with people, and I started chatting and he was like "so do you want an autograph or something..." and I was honestly thinking "not really...."  :o but I said sure... and that turned me off a bit.

Since then I have met many actors and the only time I have gotten anything signed was a playbill :) So I have John Lithgow, Ben Chapman and Vanessa Redgrave's John Hancock somewhere in my room on the playbill from the show I saw them in!

Very proud to say I have met the first person on this list a couple times and he is by far the NICEST actor I have met(famous that is, and yes I know I gush about him... but he is REALLY nice) , cannot say enough good things about him. I am interested in hearing other peoples stories!

http://stricklerautographs.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lily on December 10, 2009, 06:57:35 AM
I have met Cliff Robertson, Louise Mandrell, Jimmy Carter, Britt Hume and have seen Jack Lemon in a bar.
I don't collect autographs either.  My husband had a nice little conversation with Mr. Robertson about flying.
He was a real gentleman.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ladycrim on December 10, 2009, 11:59:49 AM
I've met Greg Proops several times (he's my favorite stand-up), and I have witnessed multiple occasions where fans wanted autographs but were too shy to ask.  That's probably why he asked you if you did.  I've actually found him to be a very nice guy offstage.

As for me, I like getting things autographed, especially memorabilia (programs, CDs, etc).  But I'm weird that way.  :)  I'm happy to say that I do not have any unpleasant autograph stories that I can think of.  I'd say the nicest celeb I've met so far is singer Antsy McClain of the Trailer Park Troubadors.  (Between him and Greg, I guess I have a soft spot for guys with poofy hair and glasses. ;) )  He signs autographs, talks to the fans for a long time, and is a genuinely friendly, down-to-earth guy.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JoieGirl7 on December 10, 2009, 02:35:01 PM
Mark Hamill, Liz Taylor
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Miss Misery on December 10, 2009, 02:42:06 PM
I met Bruce Campbell for the second time at the E Street Theater in Washington, DC on June 22, 2005, his 47th birthday. There were literally a couple hundred people there waiting to get his autograph. The line slowly but surely moves along and everyone is chatting quietly while waiting there turn. The closer I got to the table, the more I could hear Bruce's conversations with other autograph seekers. He was very nice and polite with everyone, asking people what they do for a living and whatnot. Being his birthday and all, the staff brought out a cake and began cutting slices of it. Then it's my turn with the big man himself. I say hello and wish him a happy birthday. He offers me the first piece of his birthday cake.  :D  He signs my copy of his book (Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way!) and asks me what I do for a living. I tell him where I work and he seems genuinely impressed. At the time I had a website up devoted to reviews of bad movies and some of his films were on it. I told him this and he smiled knowingly and joked, "How many? Five? Six?" (Campbell himself is the first to admit that more than a few of his films suck. One of his quotes on his IMDB page is "The movies that are the easiest to make are the hardest to watch." Oh, and I had reviewed only two of his films: "Tornado!" and "The Love Bug" remake).

Heh Heh. The guy is beyond awesome, very friendly and down-to-earth. Hail to the King, baby!  ;D
  
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: RubySlippers on December 10, 2009, 03:34:28 PM
I find that asking for an autograph is kind of something to do while you try to actually think of something clever/witty/flattering to say to the celebrity.
Usually I stick to after show occasions when they are (usually) in the mood to chat and sing:

Sir John Mills
Mandy Patinkin
Eric Idle (I have this one framed in my dining room)
Patrick Stewart
David Hyde Pierce
Rudolph Nureyev
Kathleen Turner
Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombes)

All those listed were lovely people as long as you didn't ask them to sign random stuff (like Star Trek posters!)

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: PeterM on December 11, 2009, 01:43:03 AM
The only autographs I ever got were from professional wrestlers in the 70's when my dad used to take all the neighborhood kids to the matches down at the Armory. This was years before the WWF really took off, and the wrestlers were mostly just normal guys who were in really good shape. The only autograph I really remember was a match where two big names were fighting and another big name wrestler was the ref. Before the match all the kids in the arena were mobbing the corners of the guys who were fighting, but I was the only one who thought to get the ref's autograph. Dominic Dinucci, if I recall correctly. He was very nice.

I never got Andre the Giant's autograph but I saw him fight a couple times, and touched his elbow when he was walking away from the ring. His elbow was the highest I could reach. He was a very big man. Also very sweaty.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Azrail on December 11, 2009, 03:24:25 AM
My brother-in-law (my sister's hubby) met John Voight. They had a nice little chat at a bar and got a photo taken together. That is my BIL's pride and joy. When he married my sister and they got the wedding video back, they discovered that BIL had had the videographer put that photo in the opening credits (along with their childhood photos). With the subtitle 'BIL with John Voight', for anyone who didn't know who it was. We found it absolutely hilarious.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MasterofSquirrels on December 11, 2009, 08:08:53 AM
I did not meet this person..

Rodney Atkins... he played at our county fair last year. everyone that asked for an autograph got one.. they (the fair people) had to ask people to leave.. as it was getting late and the fair was closing for the night. but Rodney just kept chatting away with all his fans.

my boss' daughter was there, and she said he was the sweetest guy. though it took hours to get his autograph, it was worth it.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: shadowfox79 on December 11, 2009, 08:41:48 AM
I'm a member of an autograph collectors' board and there are always threads running with horror stories about in-person experiences. I've never met any of the people in question so can't comment, but I have read many stories about three celebs in particular who are apparently extremely rude when you ask, even if it is in a situation where it might be expected, such as at the stage door or at a premiere.

Funnily enough, a lot of these stories would be flagged up on eHell as being ruder on the side of the OP than the celebrity. You would not believe how many people post stories along the lines of "I asked her to sign my bottom, and she said no! What a (bleep)!" or "She waved and came over, but then her bodyguard dragged her away. Snooty cow!"

For this reason, I follow other routes for getting autographs. I did meet Darren Day once at a Radio One roadshow, though, where he was both charming and generous with his signatures. Of course, that was back in the days when he was a game show host on Going Live - I don't know what he's like now.  ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: HushHush on December 11, 2009, 11:06:42 AM
The only celebrity I've met has been Michael Crawford.  He's very nice and extremely generous with members of his fan club.  Often will have Q&A's for them.

DH has met Robert Downey Jr (I posted about it), Jamie Foxx, Zach from The Hangover, John O'Hurley and probably other ones he didn't know were famous.  He doesn't follow movies/tv so a lot of them go unnoticed around dh.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on December 11, 2009, 12:39:00 PM
I've met a couple of South African celebrities, even taught some (who became celebrities as adults - I'm a primary school teacher) and got one guy's autograph for my mom since she was a fan (Scot Scott). I have some autographs of American celebs that other people got for me, either at cons or after plays or whatever.

My favourites are Stan Kirsch's. I have four or five of his autographs. (Stan played Richie in the Highlander TV series.) Absolutely everybody mentioned me to him at cons, and so all my autographs say things like, "The Ultimate Flag Waver!" or, "Thanx for being such a great fan!" and are signed, "Love, Stan."  :D

The writers of the show even named a character in an episode after me (Marina, in the episode "The Ransom of Richard Redstone" - the character with my name kidnapped Richie and tied him to her bed!!!) because I was so notorious for being Richie's "Chief Flag Waver".

I also have Avery Brooks's autograph, Leonard Nimoy's, Michael O'Hare's (he played Sinclair in Babylon 5) and Paul Gross's (Fraser from Due South). I don't collect autographs, though - people just get them for me because they don't weigh a lot unlike if I asked for souvenirs.

I kind of wish I'd asked another local celeb (Loysio Mangena) for his autograph, if only so I could put it up in my class - when I taught him, he was quite a naughty kid - but he's gone on to be a successful actor and rap artist. And the first time I saw him after he became famous, I responded something like, "Loyiso, is that you? Give me a hug! What are you doing with yourself?"  ... By this stage he had already been in a TV show and had a CD out. But I didn't know that, and he was happy to give me a hug and fill me in on his life. But whenever I see a pic of him in a magazine, I flash back to this 12 year-old kid who never sat down when I told him to!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JoieGirl7 on December 11, 2009, 06:40:10 PM
My brother-in-law (my sister's hubby) met John Voight. They had a nice little chat at a bar and got a photo taken together. That is my BIL's pride and joy. When he married my sister and they got the wedding video back, they discovered that BIL had had the videographer put that photo in the opening credits (along with their childhood photos). With the subtitle 'BIL with John Voight', for anyone who didn't know who it was. We found it absolutely hilarious.

My mom met him a few months ago at an airport.  She recognized him and they had a nice chat.  She really likes him.  She didn't have anyone take a picture though--she should have.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Black Delphinium on December 11, 2009, 06:47:24 PM
My brother-in-law (my sister's hubby) met John Voight. They had a nice little chat at a bar and got a photo taken together. That is my BIL's pride and joy. When he married my sister and they got the wedding video back, they discovered that BIL had had the videographer put that photo in the opening credits (along with their childhood photos). With the subtitle 'BIL with John Voight', for anyone who didn't know who it was. We found it absolutely hilarious.

My mom met him a few months ago at an airport.  She recognized him and they had a nice chat.  She really likes him.  She didn't have anyone take a picture though--she should have.
Apparently, his sister lives here in State College, so he comes to visit her sometimes.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: rosiecat on December 11, 2009, 08:39:43 PM
Warren Beatty.  About 25 years ago.  I was always a fan and thought he was good looking.  Ladies - in person - he was to DIE for!
It was a political event, he was very nice.

My son has Sandra Bullock.  He interviewed her for a local paper.  I helped him with a little research before he met her.  Found out they shared the same birthday.

So, in the interview, he asks her, what is your idea of the perfect date?  Mine is July 26, since it's my birthday....

He said she burst out laughing.  Told him - she "got" it.  He said she was also very nice and very pretty.

Edited!  I don't even know when my son's bday is!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on December 11, 2009, 09:15:29 PM
LOL! These are great stories and that was funny with Sandra Bullock, that is a line from Miss Congeniality!

There are some actors who are SO much more handsome in person then on the screen, and some are plain. I have not met many who I thought were plain or less attractive... though I towered over Hayden Panetiere which made me chuckle... I thought we were the same height but I was in VERY high heels. She is very pretty in person and sweet, though I heard horror stories about her... VERY nice to me :) Jack Coleman and Zach Levi STUNNING... I mean really and Zach Quinto, well... that is just about the personification of handsome to me in my little mind. :)

Also whomever mentioned about Greg Proops, thanks.. it doesn't make me feel turned off now, I was just taken aback that is all :) I get it now.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on December 11, 2009, 09:48:24 PM
Not really a celebrity story, but my mother met Nelson Mandela. They were on the same ward at the Park Lane Clinic just after he was released from jail in the early '90s. She said he was always friendly and polite, and wished everyone good morning and asked how they were when he came past.

She also met Walter Sisulu and said to him, "Hello, Mr Sisulu!" She said he looked at her as if to say, "How did you know who I was?!!" But my mother was very well-read and up on politics, and knew who all the "great" figures in the ANC were.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: extranormal on December 11, 2009, 11:22:03 PM
Funny how context determines celebrity.

There's an annual math competition for middle school kids in the US, and a few hundred students participated in last year's nationals. The kids who finished in the top ten were being asked to sign autographs for some of the other competitors.

I wonder if the autograph seekers will keep their treasures for years to come. I'm imagining one of them showing the autograph to his grandchildren. "Oh, that one? That's Danny Paterson. That kid could manipulate Gaussian integers like nobody's business!"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ladycrim on December 11, 2009, 11:24:05 PM
Funny how context determines celebrity.

There's an annual math competition for middle school kids in the US, and a few hundred students participated in last year's nationals. The kids who finished in the top ten were being asked to sign autographs for some of the other competitors.

I wonder if the autograph seekers will keep their treasures for years to come. I'm imagining one of them showing the autograph to his grandchildren. "Oh, that one? That's Danny Paterson. That kid could manipulate Gaussian integers like nobody's business!"

My Rocky Horror cast does a show in Reno every year, and we get asked for autographs.  I'm always taken aback - "You know I'm really just an Admin Assistant, right?"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: snoopygirl on December 12, 2009, 05:30:00 AM
Last week I got an autograph from Jason Momoa ( Ronan from Stargate Atlantis). He was very nice and I got a picture with him. I didn't say much though as I was too nervous and a bit star struck. It was at signing at a comic book store. The oddest thing was there was hardly any people there. I was able to wait for my husband and then go up in line.

My most valuable autograph though I did not get myself. I have two things ( a picture and a hockey puck) signed by Sidney Crosby. Sidney is my favorite hockey player ever. Everybody knows this. My uncle is a huge Pens fan and got the autographs for me. He knows when practices are and what the Pens are doing. Sidney is supposed to be very nice and sweet to his fans. One day I will meet him in person. As for now his picture is front and center on my bookcase.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Giggity on December 12, 2009, 07:48:41 AM
Usually I stick to after show occasions when they are (usually) in the mood to chat and sing:

Sir John Mills
Mandy Patinkin
Eric Idle (I have this one framed in my dining room)
Patrick Stewart
David Hyde Pierce
Rudolph Nureyev
Kathleen Turner
Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombes)

Was that before she decided she was German?
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: DannysGirl on December 12, 2009, 09:19:32 AM
Mark Hamill, Liz Taylor

Oh my...  Mark Hamill is my favorite actor of all time!  How did you meet him?  ComicCon?  You are so lucky! :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on December 12, 2009, 09:58:46 AM
Ruby I  just noticed your typo and it made me smile, you put "sing" and not "sign" but I like it ;)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 13, 2009, 03:02:47 AM
So I was a music major in college, and since the music department was pretty small (lots of people took *a* class but there were only five music majors in my year), we all got to know each other.  One of my classmates asked if I would join him in a project - he had written a piece that was going to be performed at his church, and needed a few people to sing.  I hadn't really had much opportunity to attend an African-American church before, and I was intrigued, so I agreed.  Found out that my favorite teacher (also African-American) was involved in this project and would be there performing with us, too.  It was a special Sunday - some important black person whose name I vaguely recognized was going to be preaching.  Okay, cool.

My grandparents were coming to visit me that weekend - Grandpa is a retired Presbyterian minister.  They were interested, and Grandpa speculated on the way over whether he would know the name of the special preacher or not.  Gosh, sure are a lot of cars for this size church!  We had to park two blocks away, and this was an hour before the service started!  We finally got close enough to see the sign - the preacher was Archbishop Desmond Tutu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu).  Yeah, some black guy I had never heard of  ::)

My grandparents were ecstatic, of course  ;D  The music was awesome, I got to shake hands with a truly fantastic man, and my Grandpa STILL tells the story of when we went to hear some mystery preacher and ended up with one of the most famous Christians of our time!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ladyonwheels on December 13, 2009, 04:48:54 PM
a former poster to this board gave me permission to post in this thread on their behalf. if you recognize them that's great, but if not don't worry about it.

http://www.vimeo.com/6569868 she met peter cullen who is the voice of eeyore and also optimus prime.


i saw michael jackson once at disneyland and it was kind of funny. i was waiting outside the restrooms for my friend and i saw a bunch of people in black walk out of the mens room. then michael came out and i recognized him because his skin was so pale. he looked angelic almost and he was taller than he looks in photos with cartoon-like proportions. i gave him a big smile and he gave me a big smile right back. he was patient when i started typing on my dynavox and i told him i didn't believe any of those nasty news stories about him and that i love his music(and i really very much do). he said 'oh thank you so much.' and bent over to give me a big hug. he felt so small even under a winter coat. then he signed my park map pamphlet before i even asked and winked at me with a 'see you around, beautiful' as he walked away. i can't ever forget how he looked sad until i told him i didn't think he was guilty and hope for a minute it made him feel like the whole world doesn't condemn him. my friend who was in the bathroom got a picture of us and he is kneeling down looking up at me, it is so sweet.

the autograph and picture means even more to me now that michael is gone. i would share it except i don't feel comfortable posting my image online.

sorry about the ramble. that memory is very dear to me :)


edited to correct a typo.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ladycrim on December 13, 2009, 05:24:36 PM
That's a very sweet story, LadyOnWheels. :-)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: guihong on December 13, 2009, 11:53:55 PM
That's a moving story, LadyOnWheels :).  I think he was a gentle person, inside.

And I just realized I'm listening to  You Are Not Alone  :'(.

As for me, I think I shared that I was at a chess competition, waiting in line to post my results (I'd won my game, yay!).  I turned around, and there was Mikhail Tal, who was world champion in the early 1960's.  I didn't speak Russian, but held out my scoresheet and a pen.  I think he said something like "Very good"  :D.  I was so glad I'd won, it happened so rarely ;).

He was a tiny little man, hard to believe he was so formidable across a chessboard.  I have that autograph framed :). 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: faithlessone on December 14, 2009, 05:39:11 AM
I've got a fair few autographs: Jewel Staite, Adrienne Wilkinson, Mary Tamm, Tom Baker, Nicholas Brendon, Greg Lutz, James Leary, Neill Cameron, Nathan Fillion.

My favourite and most prized though is James Marsters (Spike from "Buffy"). I only got it a couple of months ago. That man is an angel. He was supposed to be in England for two conventions, but he severely hurt his back on set, and was forced to move his flight. He managed to be there for the second convention (the one I was at!). Despite being in utter agony (he was wearing morphine patches on his arms and was lying down for all the autographs), he still managed to do a photoshoot with everyone who'd paid for one (me included!!!!). He was friendly, did several Q&A type panels, talked for a little bit to everyone who came up to him, and never once complained. He even apologised profusely to anyone who'd gone to the first convention and hadn't been able to see him.

Jewel Staite was also a total sweetie. I saw her at a convention in 2007, and have nothing but good things to say about her. From the start of the day, tickets to join her queue were going like hotcakes. When she saw this, she politely asked a event helper to fetch her a sandwich to eat at her desk instead of the 30/60 minute break the other celebs were taking for lunch. I saw her almost at the end of the day (after almost eight hours straight signing), and she still had a huge smile on her face. She apologised profusely for the queues, asked me if I'd managed to meet all the celebrities I had wanted to see (yes), complimented me on my t-shirt (Black with home-transferred glittery "Shiny!" on it) answered my question (which did she prefer doing Firefly, the series, or Serenity, the film - answer was "Firefly") and signed my photo:

"Darling Emily,
Stay Shiny!
Love from Kaylee
(Jewel Staite!)"

Made my day, and I honestly didn't mind waiting six hours to join her queue, then standing in a queue for an hour to see her.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: soetkin on December 14, 2009, 07:58:41 AM
I met most of the cast of Highlander (the series) at a con in 99. The con itself was a lot of fun, the cast seemed to be having a ball, there was much theatrics and swordplay during the interview rounds and they joined the fans at the party the last day.

Stan Kirsch - who played Richie - was a total sweetheart and got very exited when we asked him if he would sign a book bought in the Parisian bookstore where they filmed a number of scenes and a postcard from Etretat where they also shot.
Stan: We filmed there!
Me: I know, I went there, it's beautiful.
Stan: *to Peter Wingfield* Look, what they brought!!
Peter: Hey, we filmed there!
*squees all round* It was very cute.

Richard Ridings, who played one of the four horsemen Silas, was also very sweet. I was a bit starstruck and he was one of the first in the autograph line so my brain short-circuited when I had to tell him my name. By the time I wanted to sink into the ground and managed to stammer "anything is ok" to his "Do you have a preference?", He laughed and penned a lovely message and a unique version of my name. Thank you, Richard, I still love your signature the most!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Mopsy428 on December 14, 2009, 10:09:29 AM
I'm so envious of my uncle, who was an air traffic controller in California. He not only MET Patrick Swayze, but Mr. Swayze invited him and a few other air traffic controllers over for a barbecue. My uncle said he was the most down-to-Earth person and extremely kind.

I've met Adam Sandler, the hometown boy. He was really nice, not snobby at all.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ladyonwheels on December 14, 2009, 12:11:40 PM
oooo patric swayze was a hunk of a hunk. loved him in roadhouse and ghost.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lovemykids on December 14, 2009, 12:16:11 PM
My favorite autograph story happened when my family and I went to a practice round for the Masters (golf tournament) in 1987.  During the practice rounds, you could walk around the course at will and interact w/ the golfers (I think the only one you couldn't get near that year was Nicklaus, as he had just won his last Masters the year before and was surrounded wherever he went).  We watched some golfers tee off on a hole, including Hubert Green (now on the Seniors tour if he's even still playing).  My dad had a Masters hat he was getting autographs on, and he shouted out after the shots, "Hubert, will you sign a hat?"  And Mr. Green joked back, "You'll have to come in here and walk with me -- I didn't pay for a ticket so I can't go on that side of the rope!"  So my dad got to walk up the fairway w/ one of his favorite golfers.

We still have the hat -- many many golfers signed it, including Jackie Nicklaus (Jack's son, who served as his caddy) -- he signed it J Nicklaus so I suppose I could tell people it's Jack Nicklaus' signature . . .
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: kitty-cat on December 14, 2009, 12:29:38 PM
Well, for this one, ya'll need some background.

The Texas Rangers baseball team used to be owned by George W. Bush in the 90s.  Before my family moved to Georgia I had a Rangers ballcap.  When Bush was doing his presidential run in 2000, he made a stop in Augusta, Georgia.  My Nana took me and my brother to his stop for no other reason than to watch history be made.

After his speech Bush was doing autographs and pictures.  I had brought along the ballcap because I wanted to wear it that day because it was sunny out.  When this happened I was about 9, so this was when I was still really slim.  I wound up crawling through the crowd to try and get close.  When I got stuck between two really heavy guys I stood up and stuck the hat in the air, holding it as high as I could.  Bush said "Is that a Texas Rangers hat?" And he waved me through the crowd and signed my hat.

I still that hat at my parents house too.  I haven't worn it since that day, and it honestly qualifies as one of my more precious possessions.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: hobish on December 14, 2009, 02:39:48 PM

I've definitely told this one before ... maybe even twice, so i will condense it as much as possible. Gish and i are big baseball fans. We take a vacation every down to see the Phillies at spring training. Last year i was down in seat area right the field with my cousin. Cousin was trying to get a penant signed, and Jayson Werth was trying to sign it for him, but didn't have anything to lean on. Can you see where this is going already? I turned around so that he could use my back and shoulders to lean on and he touched my neck. It was awesome. I got the vapors. I'm not usually like that, but ... wow, that was awesome. I still get a little giddy thinking about it  :)

Most of the Phillies have been very friendly when i've met them in person. I've talked to the beautiful Cole Hamels a few times, he is always polite and will stop and sign things. Shane Victorino is a really happy friendly guy, Chris Coste (gone now, to a NY team, i think) is about as normal as you can find...i'll stop now or go on forever. I love that team. Jayson Werth, especially.  :D


Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: jaxsue on December 14, 2009, 03:38:31 PM
I met Bruce Campbell for the second time at the E Street Theater in Washington, DC on June 22, 2005, his 47th birthday.

I love Bruce Campbell! It's so nice to hear that he's a good guy. And I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: jaxsue on December 14, 2009, 03:48:56 PM
I only have one: jane Seymour. I've told the story before on ehell.

When I was 17 I worked in a high-end antique store in my hometown (tourist town). We were used to getting super rich people in the store - not me, I was a poor townie - so we had had our fill of attitude.

A petite lady comes in, accompanied by a few huge guys. They looked like linebackers. I greeted her, she was standoffish, but a lot of customers were like that. Finally she said: "Do you know who I am?" I didn't; I'd seen her movies but didn't recognize her in person.
She said she was making "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeves and had the day off and wanted to shop. Of course at that name I went ga-ga.  :)

Then she was very nice and friendly. I guess treating her as I did anyone else changed her attitude? I got her autograph. And she bought an antique silver pocketwatch that Reeves supposedly used in the movie; it would have been perfect for that era.

And, although I didn't get an autograph, I saw Richard Thomas (John Boy) in Manhattan several months ago. It was definitely him. He was shorter/thinner than I thought he'd be. I didn't speak to him; it was just a sighting.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: rosiecat on December 14, 2009, 05:35:29 PM
I forgot - I also have Billy Joel.

I used to work for one of his attorneys.  They would periodically send out CDs and such for him to sign - I would write the letter and request he sign this one for this person or that for the other.

I finally asked my boss - hey!  I'm a fan - can I include me and my CD??  He said yes. 

I got to meet him.  Very nice guy, very cute. 

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: guihong on December 14, 2009, 06:38:18 PM
Hobish's baseball story reminded me of one: my parents were huge baseball fans, and used to go to Florida for spring training.  One morning, they were riding in an elevator with a young man.  My dad asked him if he was going to the baseball game.  He replied, "I'd better-I'm Quisenberry".   It was Dan Quisenberry, who played most of his career with the Royals, but I'm unsure who he was playing for when this happened.   Sadly, he died of brain cancer at an early age.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: RubySlippers on December 15, 2009, 05:36:09 PM
Usually I stick to after show occasions when they are (usually) in the mood to chat and sing:

Sir John Mills
Mandy Patinkin
Eric Idle (I have this one framed in my dining room)
Patrick Stewart
David Hyde Pierce
Rudolph Nureyev
Kathleen Turner
Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombes)

Was that before she decided she was German?
Sorry, don't know what you mean.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: RubySlippers on December 15, 2009, 05:37:13 PM
Ruby I  just noticed your typo and it made me smile, you put "sing" and not "sign" but I like it ;)

Heck - I tend to do that a lot. I thought I fixed them all. LOL - I do like to chat and sing as well.  Must be a Freudian typo.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Luncelot on December 17, 2009, 11:10:31 AM
Well I have only met a couple of big famous people, but I only have one set of autographs to prove it and they are the funniest guys I think I have ever met.

Penn and Teller. I was in Vegas and went to their show it was great mix of comedy, magic and thought provoking comentary, then after the show they stood outside the theater and signed autographs and talked to anyone that wanted to.

IT WAS GREAT!

But I have also met several others but never had anything on my signature worthy. Paul Gross, Leslie Neilson (I went to the opening of Men with Brooms and they were both the big names in it. Great, funny movie about curling) The whole Calgary Flames line up from about 1991 on. Most of the Heart family (at one point they were one of the biggest pro wrestling families)

My sister on the other hand got Micheal J Fox at the 1988 Winter Games, she and my mom were sitting only a few rows back from him.

But my wife has a lot of people beat, her step-uncle in a way is Denzel Washington, and has a few things with his autograph on it.

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on December 17, 2009, 11:29:00 AM
LOL, I cannot read lately. I saw "step cousin in a way is Denzel" and I thought how can you be kind of Denzel Washington, you are either him or not... then I got it ;) Cool stories eveyone!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Giggity on December 17, 2009, 11:33:02 AM
Usually I stick to after show occasions when they are (usually) in the mood to chat and sing:

Sir John Mills
Mandy Patinkin
Eric Idle (I have this one framed in my dining room)
Patrick Stewart
David Hyde Pierce
Rudolph Nureyev
Kathleen Turner
Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombes)

Was that before she decided she was German?
Sorry, don't know what you mean.

A few years back, Kathleen Turner woke up German. She didn't always talk like that, but in the past few years when she's on talk shows or interviews, she's got this weird pseudo-German accent.

(But seriously, it's nothing to the bizarre accent Jeri Hall made up.)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Morrigan on December 17, 2009, 07:58:49 PM
I only have one: jane Seymour. I've told the story before on ehell.

When I was 17 I worked in a high-end antique store in my hometown (tourist town). We were used to getting super rich people in the store - not me, I was a poor townie - so we had had our fill of attitude.

A petite lady comes in, accompanied by a few huge guys. They looked like linebackers. I greeted her, she was standoffish, but a lot of customers were like that. Finally she said: "Do you know who I am?" I didn't; I'd seen her movies but didn't recognize her in person.
She said she was making "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeves and had the day off and wanted to shop. Of course at that name I went ga-ga.  :)

Then she was very nice and friendly. I guess treating her as I did anyone else changed her attitude? I got her autograph. And she bought an antique silver pocketwatch that Reeves supposedly used in the movie; it would have been perfect for that era.

And, although I didn't get an autograph, I saw Richard Thomas (John Boy) in Manhattan several months ago. It was definitely him. He was shorter/thinner than I thought he'd be. I didn't speak to him; it was just a sighting.

If you don't mind me asking, was this on the Island, or to the north or south of the Bridge?   (Jane Seymour, I mean.)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Cracea on December 18, 2009, 03:02:06 PM
A couple of years ago at the Excalibur in Las Vegas, I was sitting on a bench waiting for a friend.  A man exited the door from the nearby theater, and he looked very familiar.  It took me a moment to recognize him as Louie Anderson.  He looked....tired.  Very tired and old and very sad somehow.  A moment later a fan came up who'd apparently just seen his show, and Mr. Anderson suddenly looked 20 years younger, smiling, seemingly genuinely happy to chat and sign an autograph.  After the fan left, he still had that glow.  It was amazing to see how we, as fans, can positively effect celebrities. 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: poundcake on December 18, 2009, 03:46:04 PM
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Penn and Teller. I was in Vegas and went to their show it was great mix of comedy, magic and thought provoking comentary, then after the show they stood outside the theater and signed autographs and talked to anyone that wanted to.

IT WAS GREAT!

Same here! They were fantastic, must have stood out there talking and posing for pictures for almost an hour. Penn, especially, flirted and teased, and talked jazz with my brother (a musician). Even when some woman got very pushy and snippy, they were patient and gracious.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: bo on December 19, 2009, 09:25:02 PM
I met Bruce Campbell for the second time at the E Street Theater in Washington, DC on June 22, 2005, his 47th birthday.

My husband seriously has a man crush on Bruce Cambell. I never even saw Evil Dead in its entirety and I know all the lines from my husband :)  Actually right now he is DVRing My Name is Bruce Cambell and I am under strict orders of divorce or death if I change the channel
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: BeagleMommy on December 21, 2009, 03:08:32 PM
When my mother was a teenager she saw Jerry Lee Lewis in a phone booth in Atlantic City.  She patiently stood outside said phone booth and waited until he finished and was rewarded with his autograph.

Oh, and Bo, my husband also has a serious man crush on Bruce Campbell.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Giggity on December 21, 2009, 04:00:30 PM
My husband seriously has a man crush on Bruce Cambell. I never even saw Evil Dead in its entirety and I know all the lines from my husband :)  Actually right now he is DVRing My Name is Bruce Cambell and I am under strict orders of divorce or death if I change the channel

OT: that movie was AWESOME. I laughed the whole way through it.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 22, 2009, 12:40:12 AM
I've got autographs from Michael Stackpole (I'm sure I came off as kind of creepy, since I was too shy to ask for an autograph right away), Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron. All were very nice, and I was thrilled to meet all of them. But I am one of those fans who waits until the end, because I'm shy.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: KCee on December 22, 2009, 01:17:11 AM
My favorite "autograph" story (quotes because I never actually obtained the autograph!) is one I've told here before.  I was taking the back way home when I lived in Pittsburgh when a huge white Escalade pulls up next to me and Heath Miller of the Steelers asks me for directions.  He talked to me for a few minutes, and actually asked for my number (which I willingly gave!) and he called me later. Alas, I was in the car with my ex-boyfriend and could not chat, and he never called back.  :(   (My ex was my ex at the time; I wasn't trying to cheat. It would have just been too cruel to talk on the phone to another guy while he was taking me to dinner!)

Another fun encounter was when my step-cousins came to Pittsburgh to see Rhett Akins and the Povertyneck Hillbillies.  They took me along in exchange for letting them stay at my place.  I can't be sure exactly how it happened, but we were invited on to their tourbus to hang out after the show.  My cousins were freaking out, but I was pretty indifferent, since I wasnt a huge fan at the time. (I've since realized just how many huge country songs Akins has written!)  They were gushing and making friends while I was eating 5 slices of the band's pizza.  I guess I didn't make the best impression, but its still a fun memory!

Finally, the only time when I actually obtained autographs:  
This is when TRL was new and huge on MTV.  I was 17 and my friend and I skipped school (with permission!) to walk around NYC and go stand in the crowd outside TRL.  We got there armed with posters and cookies (our signs said "Cookies for Carson!" haha) only to find that they weren't filming.  I called my sister and she said there was a show happening that they claimed was live.  We ended up going home disappointed, but luckily my friend and I wrote for the teen section of the local newspaper and we contacted MTV and let them know of our disappointment.  Because we were writing from a newspaper, we were extended invitations to actually come sit in the studio for a taping of TRL then do a green room interview with Carson Daly and the guest of the day, which happened to be Ashley Judd.  It was so surreal to actually be sitting there, in a room with just the 4 of us.  My friend did most of the interview while I sat there shaking like a leaf.  I do remember, in cringeworthy clarity, that I asked Carson if he liked the Backstreet Boys.  Ahh I was such a teenager!!   :P
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on December 22, 2009, 05:15:05 AM
I met Bruce Campbell for the second time at the E Street Theater in Washington, DC on June 22, 2005, his 47th birthday. There were literally a couple hundred people there waiting to get his autograph. The line slowly but surely moves along and everyone is chatting quietly while waiting there turn. The closer I got to the table, the more I could hear Bruce's conversations with other autograph seekers. He was very nice and polite with everyone, asking people what they do for a living and whatnot. Being his birthday and all, the staff brought out a cake and began cutting slices of it. Then it's my turn with the big man himself. I say hello and wish him a happy birthday. He offers me the first piece of his birthday cake.  :D  He signs my copy of his book (Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way!) and asks me what I do for a living. I tell him where I work and he seems genuinely impressed. At the time I had a website up devoted to reviews of bad movies and some of his films were on it. I told him this and he smiled knowingly and joked, "How many? Five? Six?" (Campbell himself is the first to admit that more than a few of his films suck. One of his quotes on his IMDB page is "The movies that are the easiest to make are the hardest to watch." Oh, and I had reviewed only two of his films: "Tornado!" and "The Love Bug" remake).

Heh Heh. The guy is beyond awesome, very friendly and down-to-earth. Hail to the King, baby!  ;D
  


I am not surprised by that at all.  In all his interviews he has struck me as polite, sweet and good natured (not to mention funny as heck).  He also knows he is where he is because of his fans.

And, he's the only man on earth who can pull off the line "Give me some sugar, Baby"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 22, 2009, 05:31:37 AM
My sister sort of had Heath Ledger's. She became a huge fan of him when he was starring in Roar, and sent him a fan e-mail. He e-mailed her back, once to thank her for her support and once to prove that it really was him, and thanking her again.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Morrigan on December 22, 2009, 10:19:33 AM
I e-mailed Jason Marsden (does a lot of Disney voices, on several tv shows like Eerie, Indiana, Step by Step and a few others), and he e-mailed me back.  It was cool!  (Yeah...that happened last year...I'm 26 and still excited about it!)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Happy2BCF on December 22, 2009, 03:19:17 PM
Bruce Campbell is the man!  I only chatted with him while he signed my book (so not very long) but even it that short time he impressed me as someone who appreciates his fans.

Other autographs: Alex English, David Thompson, Kiki Vandeweghe, Dan Issel (long-time Denver residents will recognize those names - love me some tall men!!)
David Wilcox (another really nice guy)
David Crosby (really wanted Graham Nash but he didn't come out after the sound check)
All the members of Sonia Dada (a band who truly appreciated their fans)
Michael Hedges (RIP)

Met but no autograph: Brett Hull, Uwe Krupp
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Julia S on December 22, 2009, 04:09:31 PM
I still have the autograph of the first Dutch astronaut, Wubbo Ockels, when we met him at an exhibit. I was 11. :P


Otherwise, I have no cool autograph stories, as I was never in the position to ask for one (usually at work, so I couldn't ask)

Actress Amanda Burton was really nice, as was author Marina Lewycka. An audio books voice actor, whose name escapes me at the moment (as it did then :P), thought he was the best thing since sliced bread.

Actor Michael Brandon and comedian Paul Merton gave off an obvious leave-me-alone vibe, so I did.


I think the best autograph story ever is this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lKL2ikbGs). :D :D :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on December 23, 2009, 04:47:40 AM
You are not the first person to say that about Paul Merton... I have heard that for a very long time. When I went to London, I was warned if he did a show at the Comedy Store NOT to approach him after.. but I did not get to see him perform,which is kind of disappointing because he had a very dry sense of humor from what I recall.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: extranormal on December 23, 2009, 12:04:21 PM
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Met but no autograph: Brett Hull, Uwe Krupp

I served Uwe cake when I was a waitress. He was very pleasant (and really liked cake).
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Happy2BCF on December 23, 2009, 01:50:57 PM

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I served Uwe cake when I was a waitress. He was very pleasant (and really liked cake).
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I was actually surprised at how large he was - I'd never seen a pro hockey player in person.
He had lots of room for cake!!
(Was he playing for Denver or Detroit when you met him?)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: extranormal on December 23, 2009, 02:24:29 PM


I served Uwe cake when I was a waitress. He was very pleasant (and really liked cake).
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I was actually surprised at how large he was - I'd never seen a pro hockey player in person.
He had lots of room for cake!!
(Was he playing for Denver or Detroit when you met him?)
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Buffalo (I'm old!  :)).
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LadyClaire on December 23, 2009, 03:04:45 PM
When I was 17, my favorite band, Stabbing Westward, was coming to town to play. I thought it was an 18+ show, since it was at a club, and the shows at that club were always 18+.

I e-mailed Chris Hall, the lead singer to tell him how much I loved their music, and how I was disappointed that I couldn't go to the show, but I'd make sure to see them one day.

He e-mailed me back and invited me to stop by before the concert and hang out with him and the rest of the band. I was so, so excited...and my mother said I could go, but only under one condition. She had to go with me, because she wasn't going to let her 17 year old daughter hang out with a bunch of 20-30something year old musicians without supervision.

So I took my mother with me to meet them. Now, they were an industrial/rock band, all pierced, tattooed, and the only one without oddly colored hair was the one with the shaved head. They wore leather and fishnet and spiked dog collars, and there was my mother, sitting next to them in her flowered dress.

It turned out that the lead singer absolutely loved my mother..he thought her british accent was the coolest thing ever. We got to see the sound check, hang out on the tour bus, and he apologized to my mother for singing a song with swear words during sound check. They signed all of my CDs and gave me some stickers and posters. Chris Hall e-mailed me one day and said "Hey, say hello to your mother for me!"

Yep. Best experience ever..and it turned my mother into a fan of theirs forever. I never did get to see them in concert, though..they broke up before they ever toured near our area again.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Happy2BCF on December 23, 2009, 03:09:55 PM





I was actually surprised at how large he was - I'd never seen a pro hockey player in person.
He had lots of room for cake!!
(Was he playing for Denver or Detroit when you met him?)
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Buffalo (I'm old!  :)).
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Me too!!   I forgot he played for Buffalo.

If you're still living in the area - stay warm!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Sophia on December 23, 2009, 05:08:30 PM
I am proud to say I didn't get DiMaggio's autograph.  Why, you wonder?  It was because he was a poophead. 
When I was a teenager I worked in the suites at the baseball stadium.  One of those was the box owned by the team.  If a company sponsored the ball giveaway, they got the use of the suite.  Other times it was a VIP suite.  One evening, DiMaggio came in with another old dude, and they split a Diet Coke.  This suite never had to pay for food or drinks, but I did need a signature to prove that I wasn't padding the bill.  I would never have asked DiMaggio for his autograph because it violated my waitress code.  I was very clear that I wanted the other dude's signature by standing next to him and saying I needed his signature on the bill.  DiMaggio got all huffy with me that he doesn't do autographs and how dare I ...  I cut him off and said, "I don't want your autograph, I need his signature on the bill." 

The Chicken was rude to children, shoved them aside when they asked for an autograph.  Hellloo? You are a PR schmuck in a chicken suit.  Your job description probably includes being nice to children who ask for your autograph. 

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Me on December 23, 2009, 07:53:07 PM

I've always loved tennis and in high school became quite a fan of several Swedish tennis players.  :)
One year a friend and me attended the final of a tennis tournament in my city that Thomas Enqvist was playing in (can't recall who he as playing against, strangely enough!)
Thomas lost the match, we raced down from the stands to try and catch him but missed him.
Outside we were waiting in the parking lot to get picked up when we see him walking.  without thinking my friend starts calling out to him and sure enough he came over to us and was v. gracious in having pictures with both of us.  We were both so excited for days after that!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: PeterM on December 27, 2009, 10:02:51 PM
He e-mailed me back and invited me to stop by before the concert and hang out with him and the rest of the band. I was so, so excited...and my mother said I could go, but only under one condition. She had to go with me, because she wasn't going to let her 17 year old daughter hang out with a bunch of 20-30something year old musicians without supervision.

Reminds me of a non-autograph story. My wife is a fan of the band Rooney, and they came to Portland to play last year or the year before.  They were part of a group of bands whose fan-base skews younger than my wife, and much younger than me. So we're standing there watching a bunch of teenage girls shrieking their little lungs out about the first several bands. At one point two of the pretty boys from one of the bands came down into the audience to watch the show. They ended up standing near a group of girls who were probably about fourteen or fifteen. My wife and I were standing about five feet behind all of them, and got to see the look on the face of the first girl to realize who was right next to them. It was hilarious, and it got even funnier as she started nudging her friends as unobtrusively as possible. Their reactions were also priceless. The best part was when they started fiddling with their hair and such, obviously in the hopes that these twenty-something musicians would notice them and carry them off to a life of romantic bliss. Best part of the show, for me.

And now an autograph story, but from the point of view of the autographer. Shaquille O'Neal was on Conan a few months ago and mentioned that he often drives a very large truck/SUV when he goes out. He kind of has to, obviously. But that means he often has to park several blocks away from where he's headed, and he has to walk. He hates walking. He often gets people asking for autographs, including people in cars passing by. So he started telling the people in cars that sure, he'd give them an autograph, if they'd give him a ride. Works out pretty well for him, apparently.

Then there was the time someone in one of those tiny Smart Cars stopped to ask for an autograph.

"Sure, if you let me drive your car."

Apparently, he actually fit. Which is impressive.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Bijou on December 29, 2009, 08:10:34 AM
I would never ask for an autograph, nor participate in a meet and greet.  My dh bought me, for my birthday, the autobiography of a singer I greatly admire.  At a later date when we went to a concert (where they were selling autographed copies of the book) dh asked one of the road people if he could get my copy of the book autographed for me.  The guy (whom I always thought was an arrogant bottom everytime we went to a concert for this singer...like his 15 minutes of fame came from being associated with the celebrity) refused to take it back and ask to have it signed, which maybe he is forbidden to do.  But the kicker is that he tried and succeeded in selling my dh another copy, which had been autographed.  Gads!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ShieldMaiden on December 29, 2009, 08:48:08 AM
I have George Takei's autograph.  I was a tween and went to a Star Trek convention with my father and sister.  He's a lovely man and very nice, he signed my hat!  ;D

I also have Andy Serkis (who played Gollum/Smeagol in the LOTR movies), but I've never met him.  DH's mother happens to be Andy Serkis' godmother.  Upon learning that I'm a huge LOTR fan, she called him up and asked him to sign something and send it to her.  He ended sending her a copy of his book "Gollum:  A Behind the Scenes Guide to the Making of Gollum"  and he wrote "Best Wishes, ShieldMaiden" and signed his name.  It's the prize possession of my LOTR collection.   ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: PeasNCues on December 29, 2009, 08:54:36 AM
I have George Takei's autograph.  I was a tween and went to a Star Trek convention with my father and sister.  He's a lovely man and very nice, he signed my hat!  ;D

he is seriously as nice and cool as he seems in the papers! Really fantastic, interesting, polite, nice guy!

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I also have Andy Serkis (who played Gollum/Smeagol in the LOTR movies), but I've never met him.  DH's mother happens to be Andy Serkis' godmother.  Upon learning that I'm a huge LOTR fan, she called him up and asked him to sign something and send it to her.  He ended sending her a copy of his book "Gollum:  A Behind the Scenes Guide to the Making of Gollum"  and he wrote "Best Wishes, ShieldMaiden" and signed his name.  It's the prize possession of my LOTR collection.   ;D

I'm seriously jealous...  :P
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: lcmamom on January 10, 2010, 03:57:11 PM
Another non-autograph story.
When my daughter was in 6th grade her science teacher was a really big guy.  He moonlighted as a security guard at the Houston Summit which is where the Houston Rockets played back in the day.  It was his job to escort them on and off the court.

He got signed basketball shoes and balls, etc...and a tracing of the Shaq's hand.  The teacher brought the items on on Math/Science Night to use in the booth where the children could practice measurements and such.  I remember that my hand fit inside the palm of Shaq's tracing.

Also, Robert Horry sponsored the class field trip every year to Sea World in San Antonio. 

A few years later I read a story about when the Rockets won the NBA Championship three years in a row they made sure everyone, including the laundry boy, got championship rings. 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on January 10, 2010, 04:32:56 PM
I love hearing stories about meeting celebs that are positive! You hear so many bad things... the ones I have heard are arrogant and rude have been nice to me. My mother says it is because I am a snob too... thanks mom...  ::)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: BeadMom on January 11, 2010, 11:13:37 AM
  BeadHubby is originally from Maine. We went there for our honeymoon. One afternoon we stopped in this local hole in the wall hangout to have lunch. As we are sitting at the bar starting on our "chowda" ;) a gentleman sits next to my DH and starts talking to us. We had a great time talking, but I kept thinking I recognized him. He talked about his wife Tabatha, his sons; just a joyful, happy stranger. He finishes his lunch, says it was great to meet you folk, have a great life pays and leaves. We finish, go to pay, and the Bartender says "Don't worry, Stevie paid for you." I ask what did he mean, he explains that "Stevie" will come in, talk to patrons, pay their bill and leave. It dawned on me who "Stevie"  reminded me of: My all time fav author, Stephen  King! So I ask the guy if "Stevie"  was Stephen King? He told me well of course, who else? So, no, I didn't get an autograph, but I got rare chance to talk to a super nice guy who is a genius (IMHO). ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Sophia on January 11, 2010, 11:43:14 AM
Everything I've read about him says he's a nice guy.  But every photo makes him look like someone I'd cross the street to avoid.  Good to know he's a good guy in person. 

If it were me, I'd think I'd have figured it out.  Tabitha would have been the clincher.  Depending on the year I would have been either "Finish the Dark Tower series!  I agree with the people that took the teddy bear hostage."  or "Thank You for finishing the series." 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: hobish on January 11, 2010, 12:17:10 PM
My favorite "autograph" story (quotes because I never actually obtained the autograph!) is one I've told here before.  I was taking the back way home when I lived in Pittsburgh when a huge white Escalade pulls up next to me and Heath Miller of the Steelers asks me for directions.  He talked to me for a few minutes, and actually asked for my number (which I willingly gave!) and he called me later. Alas, I was in the car with my ex-boyfriend and could not chat, and he never called back.  :(   (My ex was my ex at the time; I wasn't trying to cheat. It would have just been too cruel to talk on the phone to another guy while he was taking me to dinner!)

>snip<

Oh, that is awesome - i am jealous!  :) I don't think he gets enough credit for what he does. HM has definitely become one of my favorites over the years.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: BeadMom on January 11, 2010, 01:26:44 PM
  In my defense, Sophia, I was on my honeymoon and had other stuff on my mind *cough*hot new hubby*cough*. And I probably would have gone fangeek/drooling moron had I realized who he was. Oh, and BeadHubby is still hot >:D ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: XRogue on January 12, 2010, 12:53:58 PM
I am a Wheel of Time fan and was miserable when Robert Jordan passed before he finished writing the series. Got the word that a guy named Brandon Sanderson was going to finish it out from his notes. Ok, better than not finishing it at all, yes? Read a few of Sanderson's books, liked them, thought ok this might actually be good. Yay!

Hubby came in a few weeks back, said the new WoT book is out, Brandon Sanderson is doing a booksigning at a store in Dallas, wanna go? I said, sure....we arrive, and it is announced that Brandon is coming out to speak...with Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's widow and editor.  :o She was only doing 6 or so dates on the tour, and we were there for it. :) Harriet did a reading from the new book

So we got to meet both Harriet and Brandon. Got an autographed The Gathering Storm, bought a copy of the first WoT book, (which is dedicated to Harriet) and she kindly autographed the dedication page for us as well. I was so flustered I thanked her twice for being there. (I'm terminally shy) Both of them were very nice people and I was glad we went. :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Sals on January 12, 2010, 11:08:19 PM
All of my autographs are from going to the stage door after shows or from events specifically meant for getting autographs, mainly because I don't feel comfortable asking when I see celebrities "in the wild" as it were.  As far as people seen?  A friend and I had a lovely conversation with Ellen Pompeo in the shoe department at Bergdorfs a few years ago.  I almost ran slap into Frances McDormand as she was hailing a cab on 8th Avenue in NYC (She had the best cab whistle I've ever heard).  I've also seen quite a few people as fellow audience members in NY theaters.  I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward the night of a gala performance at City Center.  Kevin Bacon sat directly across the aisle from me and Neil Patrick Harris was two seats down from him when I saw Boeing-Boeing.  Robert Sean Leonard was seated near me when I saw Cyrano de Bergerac.  I spent the entire first act of Pal Joey complaining in my head about the freakishly tall woman in front of me and it turned out to be Brooke Shields.  Christine Taylor was sitting directly behind me when I saw The Little Mermaid.  I once saw Michael Jackson exiting The Four Seasons and Spike Lee in a ladies lingerie store in Soho.  I thought they were all amazingly nice.  Especially Ellen Pompeo who asked us several questions as to what we thought about this aspect and that of Grey's Anatomy and also about the shoes were were trying on.

People that I've seen because of being on or near sets or because of work?  I worked at a hotel in my hometown as an auditor while I was transitioning careers and it was while they were filming the movie Failure to Launch in town.  Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker weren't around but I met both Justin Bartha (the sidekick guy from the National Treasure movies) and Bradley Cooper, both of whom stayed at the hotel and were lovely.  I was a featured extra and dancer in Sweet Home Alabama and all of those actors were just adorable.  When I interned at Disney, I was an extra for the show Step by Step and thought all of those actors were great except the gal who was on My Two Dads, who was just dreadful.  This past fall I walked out of a friend's apt and practically into a taping of CSI: NY.  I actually saw quite a few people while I worked at Disney, but my two favorites were Robert Downey, Jr. who did the hands in the cement thing and then a Q & A and who then stayed around to sign autographs.  The same for Joey Lawrence (it was the 90s.  Don't judge) and the lady next to me yelled "WHOA!" just like he did on Blossom and he thought it was me and gave me a Joey Tribiani "How YOU doin'?" which is STILL hilarious to all my friends who saw it happen.

At the stage door though?  Awesome.  These people are SO AMAZING.  If you ever have a chance to see a show in NYC and there's someone you know and like in the cast GO!  They are always SO NICE. I have Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton's (plus a picture with Ms. Channing) from Pal Joey.  I have Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal from the last time they came back to Rent.  Lea Salonga from when she was in the revival of Les Mis (and a pic with her).   Stephen Lynch from The Wedding Singer (plus a pic).  Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline from Cyrano de Bergerac--unbelievably, no words for it nice.  Especially her.   Allison Janney when I saw 9 to 5 (also with a pic).  And Bradley Whitford (who was beyond adorable and charming and witty) from when I saw Boeing-Boeing (with pic that was my facebook profile pic for an eon).

Just before Christmas, I got a picture with and an autograph from Mark Ingram who won this year's Heisman Trophy JUST before he walked into the Heisman ceremony.  I have also gotten autographs from Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler. 

The only celebrity I found really off-putting, and it pains me to say this because I just loved him back in the day, was Pierce Brosnan.  He and Susan Sarandon (lovely) were filming in the house across the street from us at the shore and the PAs told us that he would be coming out to sign autographs and so I ran inside to grab my Remington Steele DVDs.  He signed about a million James Bond movies with good humor and when I handed him mine he looked at them and said, "Really?" and kind of rolled his eyes.  Yep, really, dude.  It was only my favorite show of all time when I was 11.  Still in my all-time top ten.  Get over your super-spy self.

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on January 13, 2010, 03:02:58 AM
All of my autographs are from going to the stage door after shows or from events specifically meant for getting autographs, mainly because I don't feel comfortable asking when I see celebrities "in the wild" as it were.  As far as people seen?  A friend and I had a lovely conversation with Ellen Pompeo in the shoe department at Bergdorfs a few years ago.  I almost ran slap into Frances McDormand as she was hailing a cab on 8th Avenue in NYC (She had the best cab whistle I've ever heard).  I've also seen quite a few people as fellow audience members in NY theaters.  I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward the night of a gala performance at City Center.  Kevin Bacon sat directly across the aisle from me and Neil Patrick Harris was two seats down from him when I saw Boeing-Boeing.  Robert Sean Leonard was seated near me when I saw Cyrano de Bergerac.  I spent the entire first act of Pal Joey complaining in my head about the freakishly tall woman in front of me and it turned out to be Brooke Shields.  Christine Taylor was sitting directly behind me when I saw The Little Mermaid.  I once saw Michael Jackson exiting The Four Seasons and Spike Lee in a ladies lingerie store in Soho.  I thought they were all amazingly nice.  Especially Ellen Pompeo who asked us several questions as to what we thought about this aspect and that of Grey's Anatomy and also about the shoes were were trying on.

People that I've seen because of being on or near sets or because of work?  I worked at a hotel in my hometown as an auditor while I was transitioning careers and it was while they were filming the movie Failure to Launch in town.  Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker weren't around but I met both Justin Bartha (the sidekick guy from the National Treasure movies) and Bradley Cooper, both of whom stayed at the hotel and were lovely.  I was a featured extra and dancer in Sweet Home Alabama and all of those actors were just adorable.  When I interned at Disney, I was an extra for the show Step by Step and thought all of those actors were great except the gal who was on My Two Dads, who was just dreadful.  This past fall I walked out of a friend's apt and practically into a taping of CSI: NY.  I actually saw quite a few people while I worked at Disney, but my two favorites were Robert Downey, Jr. who did the hands in the cement thing and then a Q & A and who then stayed around to sign autographs.  The same for Joey Lawrence (it was the 90s.  Don't judge) and the lady next to me yelled "WHOA!" just like he did on Blossom and he thought it was me and gave me a Joey Tribiani "How YOU doin'?" which is STILL hilarious to all my friends who saw it happen.

At the stage door though?  Awesome.  These people are SO AMAZING.  If you ever have a chance to see a show in NYC and there's someone you know and like in the cast GO!  They are always SO NICE. I have Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton's (plus a picture with Ms. Channing) from Pal Joey.  I have Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal from the last time they came back to Rent.  Lea Salonga from when she was in the revival of Les Mis (and a pic with her).   Stephen Lynch from The Wedding Singer (plus a pic).  Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline from Cyrano de Bergerac--unbelievably, no words for it nice.  Especially her.   Allison Janney when I saw 9 to 5 (also with a pic).  And Bradley Whitford (who was beyond adorable and charming and witty) from when I saw Boeing-Boeing (with pic that was my facebook profile pic for an eon).

Just before Christmas, I got a picture with and an autograph from Mark Ingram who won this year's Heisman Trophy JUST before he walked into the Heisman ceremony.  I have also gotten autographs from Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler. 

The only celebrity I found really off-putting, and it pains me to say this because I just loved him back in the day, was Pierce Brosnan.  He and Susan Sarandon (lovely) were filming in the house across the street from us at the shore and the PAs told us that he would be coming out to sign autographs and so I ran inside to grab my Remington Steele DVDs.  He signed about a million James Bond movies with good humor and when I handed him mine he looked at them and said, "Really?" and kind of rolled his eyes.  Yep, really, dude.  It was only my favorite show of all time when I was 11.  Still in my all-time top ten.  Get over your super-spy self.




AARRRH!! I'm so jealous!!   :D

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Morrigan on January 13, 2010, 09:45:07 AM
All of my autographs are from going to the stage door after shows or from events specifically meant for getting autographs, mainly because I don't feel comfortable asking when I see celebrities "in the wild" as it were.  As far as people seen?  A friend and I had a lovely conversation with Ellen Pompeo in the shoe department at Bergdorfs a few years ago.  I almost ran slap into Frances McDormand as she was hailing a cab on 8th Avenue in NYC (She had the best cab whistle I've ever heard).  I've also seen quite a few people as fellow audience members in NY theaters.  I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward the night of a gala performance at City Center.  Kevin Bacon sat directly across the aisle from me and Neil Patrick Harris was two seats down from him when I saw Boeing-Boeing.  Robert Sean Leonard was seated near me when I saw Cyrano de Bergerac.  I spent the entire first act of Pal Joey complaining in my head about the freakishly tall woman in front of me and it turned out to be Brooke Shields.  Christine Taylor was sitting directly behind me when I saw The Little Mermaid.  I once saw Michael Jackson exiting The Four Seasons and Spike Lee in a ladies lingerie store in Soho.  I thought they were all amazingly nice.  Especially Ellen Pompeo who asked us several questions as to what we thought about this aspect and that of Grey's Anatomy and also about the shoes were were trying on.

People that I've seen because of being on or near sets or because of work?  I worked at a hotel in my hometown as an auditor while I was transitioning careers and it was while they were filming the movie Failure to Launch in town.  Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker weren't around but I met both Justin Bartha (the sidekick guy from the National Treasure movies) and Bradley Cooper, both of whom stayed at the hotel and were lovely.  I was a featured extra and dancer in Sweet Home Alabama and all of those actors were just adorable.  When I interned at Disney, I was an extra for the show Step by Step and thought all of those actors were great except the gal who was on My Two Dads, who was just dreadful.  This past fall I walked out of a friend's apt and practically into a taping of CSI: NY.  I actually saw quite a few people while I worked at Disney, but my two favorites were Robert Downey, Jr. who did the hands in the cement thing and then a Q & A and who then stayed around to sign autographs.  The same for Joey Lawrence (it was the 90s.  Don't judge) and the lady next to me yelled "WHOA!" just like he did on Blossom and he thought it was me and gave me a Joey Tribiani "How YOU doin'?" which is STILL hilarious to all my friends who saw it happen.

At the stage door though?  Awesome.  These people are SO AMAZING.  If you ever have a chance to see a show in NYC and there's someone you know and like in the cast GO!  They are always SO NICE. I have Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton's (plus a picture with Ms. Channing) from Pal Joey.  I have Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal from the last time they came back to Rent.  Lea Salonga from when she was in the revival of Les Mis (and a pic with her).   Stephen Lynch from The Wedding Singer (plus a pic).  Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline from Cyrano de Bergerac--unbelievably, no words for it nice.  Especially her.   Allison Janney when I saw 9 to 5 (also with a pic).  And Bradley Whitford (who was beyond adorable and charming and witty) from when I saw Boeing-Boeing (with pic that was my facebook profile pic for an eon).

Just before Christmas, I got a picture with and an autograph from Mark Ingram who won this year's Heisman Trophy JUST before he walked into the Heisman ceremony.  I have also gotten autographs from Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler. 

The only celebrity I found really off-putting, and it pains me to say this because I just loved him back in the day, was Pierce Brosnan.  He and Susan Sarandon (lovely) were filming in the house across the street from us at the shore and the PAs told us that he would be coming out to sign autographs and so I ran inside to grab my Remington Steele DVDs.  He signed about a million James Bond movies with good humor and when I handed him mine he looked at them and said, "Really?" and kind of rolled his eyes.  Yep, really, dude.  It was only my favorite show of all time when I was 11.  Still in my all-time top ten.  Get over your super-spy self.




AARRRH!! I'm so jealous!!   :D



Me Too!  Especially about the Lea Salonga, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on January 16, 2010, 05:59:46 PM
Me too! I love Anthony Rapp!  I'm also curious b/c Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favorite movies. :)

I haven't really met any celebrities. I went to a large basketball college so the tall ladies and gents were always around, and I became a bit acquainted with one player of the men's team.  They were all very nice, though some of have gone on to some very successful NBA and WNBA careers. 

I did wait on Keanu Reeves once at the club where I worked-also "knew" Ted Kennedy Jr and his family. Very very nice and down to earth people. 

DH's best story is when he was a kid (12ish?) at a vacation spot in northeastern Mass and was in an arcade playing video games. A guy asked if he could play too. (Two player game).

DH said sure and they played.

When the game was over, man put in a few more quarters and they continued for awhile.

Only when the guy was done and went to shake DH's hand did he realize that he had been playing video games with Weird Al. :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: bo on January 16, 2010, 06:40:40 PM
When I was a teenager I knew Christina Ricci's  brother Dante. Now she might have changed because she was younger and not that big of a star yet. It was around when Mermaids came out.

But when I met her she was just a regular kid and seemed very normal.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: bo on January 16, 2010, 06:42:18 PM
oooh this has nothing to do with an autograph story but someone I went to high school with is now on the show Chuck. It is kinda cool though  ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Black Delphinium on January 17, 2010, 12:05:59 AM
oooh this has nothing to do with an autograph story but someone I went to high school with is now on the show Chuck. It is kinda cool though  ;D
One of my former classmates is involved in the paranormal boom and was on extreme Paranormal.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: bo on January 17, 2010, 01:13:10 AM
Black, is he on the show as (hmmm what are they exactly called?) a ghost buster?
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Black Delphinium on January 17, 2010, 11:07:27 AM
Black, is he on the show as (hmmm what are they exactly called?) a ghost buster?
Yeah...
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: allgone on January 18, 2010, 12:11:08 PM
Well he wasn't exactly a celebrity but I wanted to give props to someone who was my nephew's hero and who turned out to be a great guy.  He was a minor league hockey player named Ben Simon who played for the local team.  We had season tix and my nephew was five when he came to play for our team.  My nephew thought he was the best player and was a huge fan.  It was acceptable practice after the games to wait outside the locker rooms for autographs.  We did this about once a month and then had the season ticket party with the meet and greet and library visits where certain players would give a little talk and answer questions.  After about four times of meeting my nephew, who always told him how great a player he was, Ben Simon recognized him and called him by name each time he saw him.  He signed his jersey to his #1 fan and introduced my nephew to his family when they were visiting for a game.  He also bought him a birthday present and gave it to him out of view from everyone else to say thanks for all the support.

He made my nephew feel so good about himself and hockey.  My nephew is now 14 and still has that jersey hanging in a frame in his room and talks about how amazing his favorite player was and how he hopes to one day get to do that for one of his fans.  :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: hobish on January 21, 2010, 05:34:18 PM

Awww, that is a great story, allgone!

I didn't get an autograph out of this, but i think it fits. My ex-bf (let's call him Ed) was from New York City, and terribly proud of it. We went up there one night with a few of his friends just to hang out for a bit, and the whole night he was teasing me that i was smiling too much and to stop looking people in the eye. "It's the city! You don't do that here! Do you want everyone here to know i am here with someone from New Jersey!? ;D" Well, we were waiting for the elevator at the sports bar we were in, and i turned to tell Ed that the pretty blonde lady a few feet away was smiling and looking right at us, ha ha ha ... but he wasn't listening. He was standing there staring with his mouth hanging open ... pretty blonde lady was Janet Jones, and she was there with her husband, The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. She was super nice.

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: squeakers on January 23, 2010, 05:53:50 PM
The only autographs I ever got were from professional wrestlers in the 70's when my dad used to take all the neighborhood kids to the matches down at the Armory. This was years before the WWF really took off, and the wrestlers were mostly just normal guys who were in really good shape. The only autograph I really remember was a match where two big names were fighting and another big name wrestler was the ref. Before the match all the kids in the arena were mobbing the corners of the guys who were fighting, but I was the only one who thought to get the ref's autograph. Dominic Dinucci, if I recall correctly. He was very nice.

I never got Andre the Giant's autograph but I saw him fight a couple times, and touched his elbow when he was walking away from the ring. His elbow was the highest I could reach. He was a very big man. Also very sweaty.

We bought an autographed hand print of his from an auction.  It's framed and hanging on our living room wall. It's huge! I was so sad when he passed away  :'(

It's the only real autograph we have.. just not our thing to do when meeting someone famous.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: KCee on January 23, 2010, 06:14:15 PM
That is such a sweet story, allgone!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LeeLee88 on January 26, 2010, 03:41:23 PM
I didn't get an autograph, but Dave Matthews 1) confused me for someone he thought he knew and was mortified to realized he'd man-handled a strange woman, 2) bought my tiny group a round to apologize and also to chat, and 3) knew my then BF from a while ago, and gave me some advice that I did not heed but should have: "dump him."  Mr. Matthews told me certain stories about then-BF from "back in the day" (then-BF was quite a lot older than me) and when I asked then-BF if they were true, he just glared and stalked away... guess you should be more careful of being a jacka$$ in public then, hmm? 

At first I thought, "Wow, this guy looks really familiar", but I couldn't put my finger on it, and everyone else was being so casual, I assumed that I must have already met him at one of the many parties these friends had thrown and just didn't remember him off the bat.  Then after he left, everybody was talking about Dave Matthews just having a drink with us, and I thought that surely this guy was just an impressive double, because no way that just happened to me.  I finally realized the truth later that night and am thankful that I was ignorant enough of the situation to actually behave with grace  ::).
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on January 26, 2010, 04:06:15 PM
I have a second hand Dave Matthews story :) He plays in our area quite a bit and a friend of mine went to the concert and is a HUGE fan of his music. So he and a bunch of his friends were at a bar after the concert and Dave Matthews comes in!

So they go over and talk to them, have beers, play pool and he pretends he has no clue who Dave Matthews is. They go and part ways and my friend pulls his ticket stub out and says "can you sign this?" and smiles and Dave laughed and signed it.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LeeLee88 on January 26, 2010, 04:12:21 PM
I have a second hand Dave Matthews story :) He plays in our area quite a bit and a friend of mine went to the concert and is a HUGE fan of his music. So he and a bunch of his friends were at a bar after the concert and Dave Matthews comes in!

So they go over and talk to them, have beers, play pool and he pretends he has no clue who Dave Matthews is. They go and part ways and my friend pulls his ticket stub out and says "can you sign this?" and smiles and Dave laughed and signed it.

Friggin' awesome!  He really is a very, very nice guy, and as other people have told me, it makes it extremely easy to forget that he's even a star  :D.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on January 26, 2010, 04:43:41 PM
I love that too! It just shows you some stars are just regular people in extraordinary situations.

I recall how nervous I was to meet Zach Quinto, because I heard tales of his huge ego and belittling behaivor.. but I have to tell you the NICEST person you could meet. I hope when I see him in the show this weekend if I get to meet him he is the same way....


My friend Kim when she lived in LA gave an actor a signed copy of her head shot and said "I figure you get asked to gives yours so much, I wanted to give you mine, it may be worth something" they had a good laugh and a good chat after that!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Jloreli on January 28, 2010, 08:42:28 AM
I went to college at the same school Stephen King and his wife graduated from so I have a couple of "meeting" stories. He can be super friendly but can also be decidedly less so.

The first time I ran into him was at the mall around Christmas. I was in the movie/action figure store (can't remember the name) and he was standing in front of a rack of movies I wanted to look at. I started to say "Excuse me, would you mind moving over a bit?" I didn't even get the "excuse me" all the way out before he interrupted with a very snotty "I'm not giving autographs!" I just said "OK, actually I was just going to ask if you'd move over so I could look at the rack behind you." He wandered off without another word. I was pretty put out because even though I'm a fan I wasn't going to bug him, I just wanted him to shift over a bit. And quite frankly it was the kind of store that you'd have to expect a bunch of fangeekery.

The second time I ran into Mr. King was in the library on campus. I was at the copier, he asked if I would be done soon. I said I had quite a bit to go but if he just had a couple of pages I'd be happy to take a break and let him in. He said he had quite a bit too so he'd wait. He ended up standing there chatting with me while I finished up and was very nice. I refrained from bringing up the mall incident.  >:D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Sophia on January 28, 2010, 09:40:11 AM
Maybe it was the fangeekery that had put him off, he might have been bugged a bunch that day and had reached his limit.  But in the library he'd been largely left alone.  I figure it is like when I had a hip-to-ankle leg cast.  Some days I was just so friggin' tired of being bugged about it.  If no one had asked awhile, I didn't mind. 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on February 09, 2010, 12:40:23 AM
I got to meet a local celebrity recently. I go to school near the Blackfriar's Playhouse (the world's only recreation of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theater, and a terrific site for drama from the Elizabethan - Restoration). I work at a local consignment and costume shop, right around the corner. A few weeks ago, Sarah Fallon, who is one of their main leading ladies came in looking for angel wings. I sold her some and got to talk with her a bit... though I did do the 'You're from the Blackfriars, right?' to make sure it was her.

Since we have a policy of giving theater people discounts (my boss was a theater major), she said she'd let the troupe know, so I might get to meet a lot more Shakespearean actors soon.

I also have an autographed book from Steve Scafidi. I had just gotten second place in a poetry contest, and he had been invited as a guest speaker for the award. He included a note about how much he liked my poem, which I thought was super nice of him.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Orisha on February 09, 2010, 08:37:51 AM
I have autographs from 2 ex-Red Sox players - Mo Vaughn and Yaz.  Vaughn was a nice guy.  Yaz isn't much for small talk, but he signed my glove graciously.  I also have a Bush-vintage autograph from Gavin Rossdale.  Also pleasant...I got to meet The Bloodhound Gang at the same time and they were the coolest guys ever.  And absolutely hilarious.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on February 09, 2010, 11:38:03 AM
Oh! I have a Dave Matthews story too!

He used to shop at the little co-op I worked at (cough cough mumble) years ago.

He was super polite.  Everything was "yes ma mm, no ma mm, thank you ma mm", he is a southern boy after all, ma mm and sir are ingrained. 

I encountered him at the store when I was there as a customer, not an employee (I never would have done this if I had been on the clock, unprofessional) and at the time I had a friend who was a HUGE Dave Matthews fan.  So approached him and said "Excuse, can I shake your hand so I can gloat to a friend of mine".  He laughed and said "Of course" and held out his hand.  I shook it, smiled and said "Thank you". 

Very, very nice man.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Cellardoor14 on February 09, 2010, 12:00:51 PM
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He was super polite.  Everything was "yes ma mm, no ma mm, thank you ma mm", he is a southern boy after all, ma mm and sir are ingrained./quote]


Well, he is southern as in he comes from South Africa, originally  ;D

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on February 09, 2010, 12:49:08 PM
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He was super polite.  Everything was "yes ma mm, no ma mm, thank you ma mm", he is a southern boy after all, ma mm and sir are ingrained./quote]


Well, he is southern as in he comes from South Africa, originally  ;D



Oops! I know nothing about the man :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MizB on February 12, 2010, 11:02:51 PM
I got to meet Greg Fitzsimmons, a stand up comedian. He was super sweet and gracious. He came to my college to do stand up and absolutely adored our mascot because of its naughty slang usage. After the show he stood around taking pictures, talking and signing autographs for what seemed like forever. He was super sweet!!!

I didn't get to meet Jim Gaffigan, but he performed a year or two before Greg Fitzsimmons and he stalked off stage because of a small amount of heckling. I was in the audience and from what I could tell the boys that were doing it were just kind of shouting back his jokes at him, but he told us we were rude and completely left campus before he could be stopped. I am not trying to say anything super negative, because I wasn't sitting right next to the hecklers, so I could be wrong about the exact nature of the heckling. But our auditorium only seats around 500 max so it was small enough that I thought I knew what was going on and it didn't seem that bad to me.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lady Macbeth on February 14, 2010, 11:58:14 AM
Since I worked at a bookstore for years I have met many authors. My favorite was Terry Brooks (and I don't even read his stuff, I was just working his signing!). He asked me about my favorite fantasy authors and how I felt the current state of the genre. He was very nice and it was obvious he was a fantasy fan as well as an author.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: hjaye on February 15, 2010, 11:05:42 AM
Since I worked at a bookstore for years I have met many authors. My favorite was Terry Brooks (and I don't even read his stuff, I was just working his signing!). He asked me about my favorite fantasy authors and how I felt the current state of the genre. He was very nice and it was obvious he was a fantasy fan as well as an author.

I would have very much liked to have met him.  The first book of his that I read I felt was a bit of a rip off from Tolkien, but I found as I read more of his books I really got hooked.  I'm glad to hear he's a nice guy.-
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: moonstruckSue on February 16, 2010, 05:34:01 PM
DH and I have met Bruce Campbell several times to get things signed and gone to two of his movie premieres here in Austin...he's pretty fantastic! My favorite story is one he tells in his autobiography, that a girl was in line to get his signature and when it was her turn she said disappointedly, "Ugh, you look like Someone's Dad." His response? "I am Someone's Dad."

I bumped into Morgan Fairchild on the street once, and as we exchanged "oh excuse me"s, I saw the look in her face - she could tell I recognized her and she looked.....afraid. I just smiled brightly and said "I'm so sorry...Have a nice day", and she looked relieved as I headed on. She probably had gotten a lot of unwanted attention that day...

Quintin Tarantino sat behind us at an Alamo Drafthouse showing of some kung fu movies once, and he laughed super loud at odd times and....smelled. In a "maybe you should take a shower" way.

I have the signatures of several bands from my college days and constantly going to shows in the area, but nobody that is anything more than local.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MasterofSquirrels on February 17, 2010, 03:36:50 PM
this isn't an autograph story... but.

i called the White House.. that white house.. and got a call back!!! do you know how cool it is to have a message on your answering machine that says.. "Hi this is...(i forget his name) from the White House, returning your call.. i can be reached at XXX..."

let me tell you.. it's freaking cool.

my roommate had met Al Gore's right hand man.. he gave her his number.. told her if she ever had questions to call.. (we were both *******-sci majors) i had questions.. i called.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on February 18, 2010, 03:01:37 AM



Did you actually speak to Al Gore?
WOW!






i'm actually jealous  :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Petticoats on February 18, 2010, 10:02:07 AM
A cousin of mine had a funny non-autograph incident. Years ago she worked as a bartender, and she said Chris Isaaks would perform from time to time at one place where she'd worked.

"Neat!" I said. "Did you get to talk to him?"

She thought a moment and said, "'Another beer, Mr. Isaaks?'"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on February 19, 2010, 02:26:41 AM


Ooohh! now I'm extra jealous! Petticoats.
I love the man more than the earth. Great in concert.






And its Isaak, no 'S'  :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on February 19, 2010, 02:27:54 AM
A cousin of mine had a funny non-autograph incident. Years ago she worked as a bartender, and she said Chris Isaaks would perform from time to time at one place where she'd worked.

"Neat!" I said. "Did you get to talk to him?"

She thought a moment and said, "'Another beer, Mr. Isaaks?'"

Swoon, sigh...Chris Issak.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on February 19, 2010, 02:37:54 AM
A cousin of mine had a funny non-autograph incident. Years ago she worked as a bartender, and she said Chris Isaaks would perform from time to time at one place where she'd worked.

"Neat!" I said. "Did you get to talk to him?"

She thought a moment and said, "'Another beer, Mr. Isaaks?'"

Swoon, sigh...Chris Issak.


Take a number and get behind me!  >:D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on February 19, 2010, 03:49:36 AM
A cousin of mine had a funny non-autograph incident. Years ago she worked as a bartender, and she said Chris Isaaks would perform from time to time at one place where she'd worked.

"Neat!" I said. "Did you get to talk to him?"

She thought a moment and said, "'Another beer, Mr. Isaaks?'"

Swoon, sigh...Chris Issak.


Take a number and get behind me!  >:D

I was here first.  You wanna take this outside? ;)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Petticoats on February 19, 2010, 08:40:49 AM

And its Isaak, no 'S'  :D

Sorry! I was just proud for remembering the "k" instead of a "c." :)

Yeah, I was pretty envious of her too.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 23, 2010, 08:17:41 PM
One of my best friends got to meet Johnny Depp 2 years ago in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when he was doing Public Enemies.  She and her sister found out he'd be doing a meet & greet after filming a few days so she, her sister and a friend drove the 5 hours to the location.   They got there hours before and staked out a spot near the barrier they'd (production) set up.  

Finally it was time for Johnny to come out, as he'd gone in his trailer after filming to shower and change before coming back out.   But before he came out, one of the bodyguards/security told every one that if anyone got out of hand, or loud, Johnny would not come out because he didn't want anyone to get hurt.   Friend was worried at first because some of the teenagers behind them were getting loud and squealy.   Might not have been e-hell approved, but my friend and her sister both turned around and GLARED at the girls until they quieted and stayed quiet.   They weren't the only ones that did this, as everyone wanted to be sure Johnny would come out.

Well he did, and friend said the people behind her were starting to crowd in, and she was starting to get squeezed back (she was up against the barrier) but her sister grabbed her arm and kept her up at the front.   Well they were watching him come down, talking to each person and then he came to them.

She said he held her hand, not just shook it, but held her hand while looking her right in the eye and talking to her.  She thanked him sincerely for coming out to see all of them and he said "Oh no, thank you!  It's because of all of you that I'm employed, so I'm glad to do it!"  He actually does have it in his contract that he be allowed by the production company to have meet & greets with fans.   She told him she admired him because he is so real and he blushed! Heehee!

He talked to her and her sister, and her sister got to kiss him on the cheek.   And the whole time my friend said she was thinking "I'm holding hands with the Captain!"  (We're both huge POTC fans!)  He continued down the line, talking to everyone and this next thing she witnessed she said was just the coolest thing.

A little girl, maybe between 8 & 10, asked Johnny if he would talk like Captain Jack.   Well being a method actor, he didn't just talk like the captain, he truly just morphed into Captain Jack Sparrow right in front of them.   Took on the posture, mannerisms, everything.   He took the little girl's hand in his and bowed over it, saying in his Jack voice, "And who do I have th' pleasure of meeting?"    

No autographs were given, but pictures were taken of Johnny. :D  And my friend has a memory she'll never forget!   That and when she saw the movie it was even cooler because she could say "OOohh we saw that scene being filmed!!"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Scuba_Dog on February 23, 2010, 09:42:33 PM
Piratelvr1121,

That is the greatest story!  Thank you for sharing that!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Auntie Mame on February 24, 2010, 12:48:03 AM
Piratelvr1121, just shen I thought I couldn't love Johnny more, you post that story!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on February 24, 2010, 01:50:44 AM
A cousin of mine had a funny non-autograph incident. Years ago she worked as a bartender, and she said Chris Isaaks would perform from time to time at one place where she'd worked.

"Neat!" I said. "Did you get to talk to him?"

She thought a moment and said, "'Another beer, Mr. Isaaks?'"

Swoon, sigh...Chris Issak.


Take a number and get behind me!  >:D

I was here first.  You wanna take this outside? ;)



I waited 15 years to see one of his concerts and I finally did it last year!  ;D  :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 24, 2010, 04:49:00 PM
Piratelvr1121, just shen I thought I couldn't love Johnny more, you post that story!

That's what I thought when she relayed the story to me when she got home from the trip!  I had heard glowing reports and heard that he is very sweet and extremely appreciative of his fans, but hearing it from a friend who got to meet him first hand made it even more real! 

I wish I could have gone with her, but living in MD, it would have been a further trek for me than her, and couldn't afford to make the trip and take time off work.

In her own words:
"Before I knew it, he reached out and took my hand!  Johnny looks straight into your eyes when he talks to you, and I started by simply saying, "Johnny, thank you so much for coming out and talking to us, tonight... "  Oh my GOD, his eyes are so deep chocolate brown, and he just pulls you right into them....

He said, "No, no... thank you guys for coming out and staying out to see me, this evening... you don't know how much I appreciate all of you..."  He did not just shake my hand and move on... he stood there, HOLDING MY HAND, and talking TO me, not AT me....

He said that he does not understand why everyone would stand for hours to see him, and I told him it is because he is genuine... for real... and he BLUSHED! He is so shy, and he kept holding my hand! I am just a blithering idiot!!!!!!"

She also told me that he is not very tall.  She's 5'7" and said that in shoes he was maybe an inch taller than herself.   I had asked because I've seen IMDB give different heights in his stats.   At one point they said he's 5'10", which apparently isn't true at all! LOL!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Seraphia on February 24, 2010, 07:53:20 PM
My roommate from college had a great story about her parents, although I'm not sure if they got an autograph. They were on their honeymoon, on the last day, and were trying to get a couple pictures in (I think they were in North Carolina). A man came up behind them and asked if they'd like him to take their picture. It was Sean Connery!

I'm pretty sure they got pictures with him too.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: PeasNCues on February 24, 2010, 08:21:00 PM
My roommate from college had a great story about her parents, although I'm not sure if they got an autograph. They were on their honeymoon, on the last day, and were trying to get a couple pictures in (I think they were in North Carolina). A man came up behind them and asked if they'd like him to take their picture. It was Sean Connery!

I'm pretty sure they got pictures with him too.

I would faint. Can you imagine that *voice* coming from be hind you.

As my sister would say, he could read to me from a phone book and I'd be enraptured. LMAO
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 24, 2010, 08:34:38 PM
I think I'd be struck dumb with true shock and awe! LOL!

Sean Connery has a great voice, doesn't he? 

I'm in awe of anyone who can speak without getting tongue tied when meeting their favorite celebrity.  I swear I'd be either rendered speechless or babble like a moron if I got the chance to meet Johnny Depp! LOL!

The friend who met him insists that I wouldn't have as hard a time as I think, as he's very easy to talk to because he's so down to earth.   I'll believe it when I see it! LOL!   Unlike me, she doesn't have a shy bone in her body.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on February 25, 2010, 03:37:06 AM
I think I'd be struck dumb with true shock and awe! LOL!

Sean Connery has a great voice, doesn't he? 

I'm in awe of anyone who can speak without getting tongue tied when meeting their favorite celebrity.  I swear I'd be either rendered speechless or babble like a moron if I got the chance to meet Johnny Depp! LOL!

The friend who met him insists that I wouldn't have as hard a time as I think, as he's very easy to talk to because he's so down to earth.   I'll believe it when I see it! LOL!   Unlike me, she doesn't have a shy bone in her body.



I did this with Harry Connick Jr...twice.
The first time I touched his hand and wouldn't let go.  Uh can I have my hand back?!!.    Oops  :-[
The second time he asked if he can keep my pen.   Uh wha wha what...... Ok never mind. 
I'm a dill!!  :-[  :D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on February 25, 2010, 04:49:02 AM
Once you get over the initial kind of "shock" in seeing them and trying not to get too worried about saying anything silly (like I do!) it is fine.

When I first met an actor that I REALLY enjoyed and who I thought was very handsome, I was at first like "okay, he's tall, he is 2 feet away from me, smiling, ACK coming towards me!!! Say hello, just hello" then I was fine and was able to converse and joke around with him like a normal human. My mother was shocked, she thought I would faint because evidently when I was 10 I met an actor from a soap and nearly keeled over from excitement, I reminded my mother I WAS 10 ;)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: faithlessone on February 25, 2010, 08:13:27 AM
Hehe - Bella, that reminds me of my first autograph.

I used to go to the ballet with my grandmother when I was quite young (between about 5-9). One year, when I was about 7, we went to a couple of different ballets (one was Alice in Wonderland, the other I think was the Nutcracker) done by the English National Ballet. After Alice, my gran took me to the stage door for the first time. The dancer who had played the Queen of Hearts came to the door, still in full costume. My gran grabbed my hand, and told me not to be afraid, because she was just pretending to be the queen.

Apparently I, with all the conviction of a "grown-up girl" said: "Gran, I'm not 6! I know that!!"

I still have that autograph. (And I'm still bitter that I never got "Alice's").

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lillie82 on March 27, 2010, 12:51:17 PM
I enjoy all the stories on this board of fans who met celebrities and got to evaluate that they were gracious (or not.)

A fan-started web site for Garth Brooks fans has become quasi-official: www.planetgarth.com. The Forums include "Garth Moments," where people tell their autograph and meet-and-greet stories. They are overwhelmingly positive - but then again, many of the posters are quite the gaga, he-can-do-no-wrong kind of fans.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on March 27, 2010, 06:08:30 PM
I have met some of those fans... very much putting a celeb on a pedestal and thinking that little birds do his hair every morning while they sip tea and want to marry them... it is scary BUT I do like hearing positive things about meeting actors, because you hear so much negative.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: afbluebelle on March 27, 2010, 10:22:21 PM
I was reminded of an autograph story that makes me chuckle.

Blue Angels - A touring group of fighter pilots
afblue - a small child who would grow to be a jet mechanic type person


I got turned down at an air show by the Blue Angels for an autograph.  The lines were long, and I guess they were out of time, so they left.  I walked up to one and asked if he could please sign my poster, and he said no while bumping me off.

Years go by

I'm in Vegas for a training exercise.  Some Blue Angel pilots are laughing it up at the bar (wearing their official gear, so everyone will know they are a pilot)  I go to get a drink, and a pilot asks if I want an autograph.  I told him that it took 15 years and 4 cup sizes to get that offer.  He looked confused... I laughed.

Never got an autograph, but later I did get some free drinks from guys who are paid waaaaaay better than I am.   Works for me.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: afbluebelle on March 27, 2010, 10:28:24 PM
Another one.  Here at my base, we are Home Of The Flying Tigers... bunch of heritage stuff that I never bothered looking up out of stubbornness.  Anyway, we were doing a burger burn fundraiser at a local college football game, and there were posters with the classic "Flying Tiger" fighter jets on them.

One of our pilots decides he needs to autograph all of the posters (what is it with fighter pilots :P ::) )

Then our squadron commander autographed them, because the fundraiser WAS for his squadron and he didn't want to get one upped by a snot nosed pilot that he outranked and outimed by many years (prior enlisted Marine, he is cool  ;D )

Then I autographed all of them because I am the coolest chick in the Air Force ;D  All of them had either a peace sign or a daisy near my name... I'm still a hippie at heart.


The pilot got all bum hurt, but my commander thought it was awesome!  We have one poster that he bought and had all of us at the fundraiser sign it.  It is in his office as we speak ;D


Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Sheila Take a Bow on April 13, 2010, 04:35:47 PM
I have a good story.

I was in line for the bathroom at an LA Kings hockey game at the Forum.  The line was long -- it took me around 20 minutes just to get to the front.  At some point, I noticed Tiffani Thiessen was in line in front of me.  (At the time, she was on 90210.  And she went by Tiffani-Amber.  But I digress.)

When we got almost to the front of the line, a pair of girls -- maybe 11 or 12 or so -- noticed Tiffani.  And they went gaga.  They ran up to her, squealing with pre-teen excitement, and asked for her autograph.  Problem is, she was literally moments away from her turn in line.  So she told them no problem, but asked if it was okay if she went to the bathroom first.  Girls agreed.

I got out of my stall around the same time she did.  The girls were still waiting and squealing.  She reminded them that she really needed to wash her hands first, and while she did, she started talking to them.  As I left, she was signing autographs.

She was so kind to those girls, even though their request came at a terribly inopportune time.  To this day, every time I hear her name mentioned, I think, "What a classy woman."
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: eport on April 14, 2010, 09:44:54 AM
I have a fun story.

I was an audience memeber at the NPR show Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me last week. (if you are a fan, I would highly recommend going to see them in person). After the show, the cast sticks around and signs autographs. All were incredibly nice. Peter Sagal autgraphed his book for me :).

But the kicker, the next day was my birthday. My friend asked announcer/former newscaster Carl Kassell if he would sing to me for my birthday. He didn't hesitate, put his arm around me and sang happy birthday, ending with a kiss on the cheek. An awesome bday present.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Millicent on April 15, 2010, 11:09:43 AM
But the kicker, the next day was my birthday. My friend asked announcer/former newscaster Carl Kassell if he would sing to me for my birthday. He didn't hesitate, put his arm around me and sang happy birthday, ending with a kiss on the cheek. An awesome bday present.

That's really sweet! I would love to get his voice on my answering machine.    ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MegSong22 on June 19, 2010, 11:26:55 PM
Wow! I thought Mine was a good one!
I am a cancer survivor, going on ten years now. I got to do a Make a wish trip and mine was to meet the cast of Diagnosis Murder. I didn't get to meet Victoria Rowell, But I got to meet Barry VanDyke, Charlie Schaletter(Who came in just to meet us) Guest star Steve Lawrence and of course the absolute epitome of the class act wingadingdingy Van Dyke. (Bert in Mary Poppins if the board blocks the name). I have many many cherished memories from that day. And if any of you folks is on here, thank you again!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Brentwood on June 19, 2010, 11:50:50 PM
I have several autographs from my radio days, but two particular favorites:

1. I leaned on our promotions director to hire the Mavericks to play a festival we were sponsoring in June of '94. He did (we contracted with them in Dec of '93, when they were still just becoming nationally known on the strength of their 3rd - and undoubtedly most popular - album, What A Crying Shame). I was absolutely enthralled by that album, the vocals of Raul Malo, the beautiful harmonies, and how well they played together. Anyway, I had the privilege of introducing the band at the festival and interviewing both Raul Malo and the then-bass player, Robert Reynolds (who, as an aside, was married to Trisha Yearwood at the time). I had a promotional copy of the CD that featured a photo of the band on the disk itself. All four of them signed it for me, and it makes a beautiful display piece. It also reminds me of the one time that I really lobbied hard to help break a band that deserved it.

2. At another festival that year, John Michael Montgomery was headlining. Another radio station sponsored that show, so I had no privileges other than those given by the other station as a matter of professional courtesy. JMM was having his heyday then, and he was an extremely attractive man. I wanted to meet him, so the promotions director of the other station arranged it for me. The event was being held at the regional state fair, so my station was there broadcasting anyway. He took me to the backstage area a couple of hours before the show and introduced me to JMM. I happened to have a roll of my station's promo stickers with me, so on the spur of the moment, I asked him to sign one, which he did. As I started to walk away, he grabbed me by the belt of my jacket and pulled me back, saying, "We have to have pictures!" He put his arm around me - and, wow! Did he smell GOOD! - and the guy from the other radio station took our picture. In the second that followed, JMM planted a real, live kiss right on my lips and my knees buckled (really! He was so good looking and smelled so delicious!). I think I floated all the way back to the booth where my station was broadcasting from. Our promotions director (who I was dating at the time) gave me a dark look when I told him what happened. He accused me of being starstruck. I wasn't. I'd met a lot of people during my time at the station...I was simply a girl who got unexpectedly kissed by a real hunk. :D

Anyway...I received a copy of the photo in the mail shortly thereafter; I thought I'd kept it in a boxful of radio memorabilia, but I haven't seen it in years. If I ever find that pic again, I'll post it.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lauren7891 on June 25, 2010, 02:35:14 PM
Ben Lee (singer) performed at my college and he signed my tshirt for me. Even though it doesn't fit anymore, I still have it because it has an autograph on it.

Also, my dad and I were at a Red Sox game and as we were leaving, we were the only ones on the ramp except for one other guy... And then my dad realized that the other guy was Doug Flutie! He was a little ahead of us so we didn't get an autograph tho
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Everlee on June 28, 2010, 12:08:12 PM
I'm REALLY into music, so meeting a member of my favorite bands (no matter how famous or not they are) is about like someone else meeting Brad Pitt.  LOL.
MY favorite band is big in Canada, but not so well known here in the US so both concerts I've been to of theirs have been small enough that they stay after and sign autographs.  I turned into a blabbering idiot in front of one of them, but he was sweet enough to ignore it and we had about five minutes of conversation. 
The second concert that I went to see them was two weeks later and he remembered me from before. 
It completely made my year!
The drummer was really nice, too.  He was hauling their water back to the bus and offered me one.  I still have that on my dresser!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Ender on June 28, 2010, 02:44:14 PM
In my experience, some of the nicest people to fans are the people who have worked with Joss Whedon. James Marsters (played Spike on Buffy and Angel), especially. He comes to Dragon*Con every year, and could not be a nicer, more wonderful person to the fans. Adam Baldwin is also super-nice, as is Jewel Staite (who enjoys hanging out in the hotel bars with fans), Morena Baccarin, and Felicia Day. And I can't say enough amazing things about Nathan Fillion. That man is genuinely a great human being.

My favorite autograph moment, though, was with Andy Hallett (RIP :( ), who played Lorne on Angel. At Dragon*Con a few years ago, he wandered into the Buffy track during a Buffy Karaoke panel late one night, and spent the entire time trying to fix the karaoke machine for us and joining in singing with people. After we were booted out of the room, he came with us up to one of the hotel bars, where he sat with us fans and ate lots of ice cream and chatted. He gave everyone free autographs, despite that management was charging for them during the day, because "I just like that people like me! I have the coolest job!".

On the other side of autographs, I was a huge fan of *NSync when I was 17 or so, and met them a few times in various autograph lines. Most of the guys were great. Justin Timberlake, not so much.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MizB on June 28, 2010, 03:03:59 PM
>snip<
My favorite autograph moment, though, was with Andy Hallett (RIP :( ), who played Lorne on Angel. At Dragon*Con a few years ago, he wandered into the Buffy track during a Buffy Karaoke panel late one night, and spent the entire time trying to fix the karaoke machine for us and joining in singing with people. After we were booted out of the room, he came with us up to one of the hotel bars, where he sat with us fans and ate lots of ice cream and chatted. He gave everyone free autographs, despite that management was charging for them during the day, because "I just like that people like me! I have the coolest job!".

This just made my day. I had a nice sized crush on Mr. Hallett and was very sad when I heard of his passing. I am so glad he was as nice as I had always hoped.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on June 29, 2010, 08:10:59 AM
The only autographs I've ever gotten were from costumed Disney characters.  LOL.   I've seen famous people in person, but haven't gotten the chance to get an autograph.   In high school I got to see Matthew Broderick in "How 2 Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" at the Kennedy Center, and in '04 I got to see Van Halen in concert with Sammy Hagar.   

I still am holding out hope I'll get to meet Johnny Depp myself!  I've known 3 people who have gotten to see/meet him.  The first was a woman I used to work with.  She was in her 50's and back in the 80's she was going into her bank when a security guard stopped her for confirmation that she did have an account at that bank.   When she went in she saw Johnny dancing for the jailhouse scene in "Crybaby".   Second was the friend's encounter I told about upthread.   Third was recent, a girl who was a neighbor before we moved said she met Johnny when he was in New York recently, and she got an autograph and picture.  :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: dks64 on June 29, 2010, 11:21:36 AM
I've seen so many celebs, I can't name them all off the top of my head. Most of them I haven't met, but saw during tv show filmings (both sitcoms, Kimmel, and a few other random things like Pepsi Smash). The only autographs I have are from X-Files people. At the LA Film Festival in 2008, the fans who showed up for the interview with Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, and David Duchovny got autographed posters. Later, they had more events with Frank, Chris, Rob Bowman, Mark Snow, and a few others where we got to actually meet them face to face. Gillian surprised us at a book signing, but she didn't do any autographs herself. She's so fun and down to earth. She said she didn't have a copy of the movie (I Want To Believe), so I gave her my copy. Everyone missed the photo opportunity though, I was sad. The most friendly person out of the group is Frank Spotnitz. He's at every event and you can actually talk to him (get in touch with him on his website). I know he's not really a celebrity, but he is in the X-Files world :)

I can't think of a single person I saw/met who seemed rude. :) I got to meet Martin Landau at the X-Files movie premiere, he was very kind. I didn't bother asking him for an autograph.

I miss living near LA :(
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: ettiquit on June 29, 2010, 03:34:44 PM
>snip<
My favorite autograph moment, though, was with Andy Hallett (RIP :( ), who played Lorne on Angel. At Dragon*Con a few years ago, he wandered into the Buffy track during a Buffy Karaoke panel late one night, and spent the entire time trying to fix the karaoke machine for us and joining in singing with people. After we were booted out of the room, he came with us up to one of the hotel bars, where he sat with us fans and ate lots of ice cream and chatted. He gave everyone free autographs, despite that management was charging for them during the day, because "I just like that people like me! I have the coolest job!".

This just made my day. I had a nice sized crush on Mr. Hallett and was very sad when I heard of his passing. I am so glad he was as nice as I had always hoped.

I had no idea he had died until just now.  That's awful.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Carnation on June 29, 2010, 08:24:58 PM



. I wanted to meet him, so the promotions director of the other station arranged it for me.

- and the guy from the other radio station took our picture.

Anyway...I received a copy of the photo in the mail shortly thereafter;


Now, this is class.

And lots of it. 8)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: clairesmom77 on June 29, 2010, 09:33:37 PM
Story 1:
My dad is a business man in Brad Pitt's home town, and has met him at a charity event.

Story 2:
BG -- We have a huge retailer of mobile homes here called . . Pitt's Mobile Homes. 

I live very near Brad Pitt's home town.  His family still lives there.

Brad Pitt's brother, Doug (who looks a lot like Brad  ;)), has established a charity to help local children.  It's a wonderful cause. 
End BG

The public school where I teach is a part of Doug Pitt's chairty organization to help needy children.  Mr. Pitt came to our school to talk to the teachers about the charity and to recieve donations from local businesses.  It was really neat.

Mr. Pitt told the following story during his speech:
He went to a local store in our town.
The cashier asked to see his ID for his debit card payment.
Cashier:  Are you from THE Pitt family?
Doug Pitt:  Yes . . .(thinking she's making the Brad Pitt connection)
Cashier:  You mean like from Pitt's Moblie Homes!  WOW! 

He said that she was really impressed by the Pitt's Moblie Homes connection. 

 ;D

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Brentwood on June 29, 2010, 11:13:20 PM



. I wanted to meet him, so the promotions director of the other station arranged it for me.

- and the guy from the other radio station took our picture.

Anyway...I received a copy of the photo in the mail shortly thereafter;


Now, this is class.

And lots of it. 8)


Well...it was more like professional courtesy, but I was still glad for the opportunity. :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MissRose on July 19, 2010, 05:08:28 AM
I met Adam Lambert recently through a local radio competition thing.

He was very nice and made me feel much at ease.  He signed a cd sleeve for me, 1 for a friend of mine that couldn't be there, then he asked me for the promo pic the meet & greet record company guy gave me & signed it as well.  ;D

Adam is very polite, nice, and more  ;D  ;D.  I can't come up with enough good adjectives to describe him.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/wyslymangel/Adam%20Lambert%20Chesaning%2012%20July%202010/IMG_1432.jpg)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LJM on July 24, 2010, 09:33:04 AM
Any thread about autographs and etiquette would be remiss not to mention the late, great Ronnie James Dio (who sang for Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell. Among others.).

There are so many great stories out there: of him standing out in the rain for three hours signing autographs to make sure everyone waiting in line for one got one; of people who met an chatted with him for 10 minutes-- only to be amazed when he recognized them by name when they met again several years later. Having just as much time & consideration for the obviously homeless person as for everyone else who was present. Of being called away one time and having to leave while there was still a line of fans waiting for autographs-- but instead of just leaving he walked down the entire line first to greet everyone & thank them for coming. Of going out in the rain to sign autographs for a group of kids that the fancy hotel he was staying in in Mexico refused to let into the lobby. And the list of stories goes on.

As they kept saying at his public memorial service: as amazing a musician as he was, he was an even better human being.

He is sadly missed. The Metal world is reeling from his loss, and will continue to do so. Rock in Peace, my friend \\m//
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Bellantara on July 24, 2010, 09:51:17 AM
Dad likes to talk about Ann-Margret.  She did several USO tours during Vietnam, and to this day, will drop everything and take all the time in the world for one of her "gentlemen" if she sees them in an autograph line.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LauraKat on July 25, 2010, 03:11:32 AM
I went to a book signing for Terry Pratchett. He was one of my favourite authors growing up so I was very excited.

I couldn't afford to buy his new book. It was only available in hard cover and cost I think $50 Australia. I was a student living away from home and on a very limited budget at the time. I ended up picking up a soft cover of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. I'd recently borrowed it from the library and was particularly partial to it as I had pet rats and was very fond of rodents. Even buying that book was stretching my student budget, but I really wanted to meet him.

I joined the line with my friends. It was a pretty long line so I had a long time to wait and build up the anticipation. I can be a bit socially awkward so I was practising in my head how the exchange was going to go.

When I reached the front of the line the person before me had an old book that had been signed by Terry Pratchett many times. I saw how excited and friendly Terry was to see such a dedicated fan.

Then it was my turn and I went up to the desk with my copy of the Amazing Maurice. The whole exchange was really horrible. He was cold and scowling at me. I know I would have been grinning at him anyway as being super smiley is my defense in uncomfortable social situations. I didn't get one smile from him, he just signed my book with a scowl on his face and handed it back to me.

My friends went up after me and he was all smiles and warm to them. He gave one of my friends a hug and took a picture with them.

Even now, years later, I still can't work out what I did wrong. I know it must have been something I did because he was so nice to everyone else. The only thing I can think is maybe he thought I bought the cheapest book I could find or something. Also I put the book down in front of him when I came up to the desk, so maybe that came across as rude. It certainly wasn't my intent, I was just nervous and didn't know how to act.

It's a real shame because now whenever I read his books I get flashbacks of the book signing and it upsets me all over again wondering what I did wrong. I guess this is one of those, you should never meet your heroes, stories.

Incidentally my sister went to his book signing in New Zealand and had a really positive experience, said he was very friendly. She also got a copy of The Amazing Maurice signed by him for me (knowing my fondness for rats) so I ended up with two signed copies.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: think2x on July 26, 2010, 03:41:17 PM
LauraK, that's awful.  One of my first posts here was when something like that happened to me, but it was only by a clerk in a line at the market. It would be worse had I thought well of the person in advance and looked forward to meeting them.  :(    >:(

The upshot I got from the responses was that it inexplicably happens and is not all together uncommon, and that you can never know what's going on in someone's head- I'm willing to bet you did absolutely nothing to deserve this treatment.

I'm a little different from many- I admire a few celebs, actors & authors, and I do not want to meet them at all. (The idea of them is surely more fun than the reality.)  Once one of these people shows him/herself as a horse's bottom, I can never respect them again- and lose interest in their later works. Just the way it happens...
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on July 26, 2010, 03:56:29 PM
I hate hearing about that too :*(

I also hate hearing rumors or bad stories about people I may admire, if might color my perseption a bit, not that I put them on a pedastal, but I would like to still enjoy the persons work and not have that "I heard he was mean to a fan" or "threw a drink at a waitress" story in the back of my head...
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: LauraKat on July 27, 2010, 01:55:41 AM
Aww I'm sorry to upset anyone!

To be honest I was hoping posting the experience here would help me get over it and realise you can't always control other people's perceptions of you, and I really appreciate the kind words!

I'm sure Terry Pratchett is a nice guy because I've heard and I saw positive experiences that other people had meeting him. I must have just done something silly that rubbed him the wrong way. It can't be easy spending hours signing book after book.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on July 27, 2010, 04:48:34 AM
It's okay! Hey, it could be slightly worse. I know of an actor who by all accounts gives good fan experiences and I have vaguely heard of some bad ones BUT you seldom hear them, because it is almost like the mafia it seems... if you post a bad experience on one of the boards, fans will chase you off the board, berate you for upsetting the actor and saying it was CLEARLY your fault... so at least you can come here and we won't do that :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Millicent on July 27, 2010, 01:59:42 PM
I don't know when you met Terry Pratchett, LauraK, but he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Here is a link to a speech he gave in March 2008 talking about it. Apparently he'd had it for 2 years at this point, so from 2006 on I guess. I don't know if that could have anything to do with his attitude.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1986843/posts (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1986843/posts)

My husband is a huge fan also and we went to a book signing. There was a Q&A and my beloved asked a question and Mr. Pratchett's response was along the lines of, "Oh, he's asked THAT question......" He was embarassed and a little disapointed after the event. I felt bad. I've decided since then it's never a good idea to meet your idols. :)  I know it has got to be tough having to go to these things and answer the same questions over and over again, I just wish he was a little more gracious about it. For the record, we both still read and enjoy his books.

As for me, most of the autographs I've got came from various Star Trek conventions. My favorite autograph is the one I have of Brent Spiner on his CD "Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back." He was very nice and when the tunes pop up in my iPod these days I remember the day he signed the CD.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: bluedahlia on August 11, 2010, 11:17:41 AM
I made a complete nincompoop of myself while getting Weird Al Yankovic's autograph.  He was gracious and funny but all I could think of to say was "I fell in a ditch getting here."  *facepalm*  My little brother, in line behind me, had a much more coherent chat with him.

I never met Eddie Vedder when I lived in Seattle but he bought me more than one beer.  He and his wife used to eat at the restaurant next to the pub I hung out at; the restaurant had booths that were nearly completely enclosed so they could eat without being disturbed.  Nobody ever knew they were there till the manager would walk next door and give the bartender enough to cover a round or two for the house.  Nice guy.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on August 12, 2010, 10:51:47 AM
My sister just got Wil Wheaton's autograph. He called her beautiful, and signed her con badge so she wouldn't have to spend $30. He also signed her roommate's dice bag (adding a +1 to it). Felicia Day also complimented my sister's roommate on her costume and asked how she got her makeup to come out so evenly.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: yupitsme on August 12, 2010, 11:49:32 AM
My DH is a huge Bob Newhart fan. He performed at an RV rally in Louisville KY. We drove all the way out there from Boston MA to see him. Not sure if anyone is familiar with this but there is a drinking game called "Hi Bob". When Bob Newhart came out on stage my DH yelled "Hi Bob" and Bob said "Hi" back, then asked him if he started playing the game already! After the show we went to the back entrance and waited for him to leave. We were the only one there and my DH asked if he could take a picture with him and get his autograph. Bob was so nice! He has the greatest smile! My DH told Bob that "the show Newhart was his Monday Night Football". Bob turned to him and said "Well Monday Night Football was my Monday Night Football!"
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Ducky on August 17, 2010, 02:55:53 PM
My family was in Indiana for a family reunion quite a few years ago.  My mother takes walks/jogs in the morning to keep in shape.  She and one of her sisters were out Saturday morning when they were passed by a really tall guy running the other direction.  My mom and aunt looked at each other and whispered "was that...?"  "I don't know.. maybe."  By the time they decided to talk to the man to find out if he was the celebrity they thought he was, he was quite a ways down the road.

The sisters thought that maybe he ran the same way/time every morning and so Sunday they went the same way and this time they brought a camera and note pad.  Sure enough, there the man was running past them again.  This time my mom turned around and sprinted after him.  She caught up and said "excuse me, but are you ... Larry Bird?"  The man stopped and turned around in the middle of his workout, smiled at them and said "I sure am."

They chatted for a bit, got pictures with him (my 5'7" mother barely comes up to his elbow!), and a hastily scribbled autograph to bring back to the rest of the family in triumph :)  What a nice man to interrupt his day like that for 2 random strangers also out roaming the back roads for exercise.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: TinyVulgarUnicorn on August 18, 2010, 09:20:45 PM
Before Ike Turner passed away he used to come into the store that I worked in all the time.  He was actually really nice and would chat with the workers all the time.  The only autographs I got from him were the ones that I required for him to pick up his stuff at the pharmacy (I didn't take them, I swear).

I also met Lou Ferrigno at Comic Con one year although he was scowling the whole time so I didn't ask for an autograph.  Plus he was asking something like $10 per autograph.

This wasn't me personally, but when my grandma lived near Sacramento she got to meet John Travolta a few times while he was filming Phenomenon.  She said he was one of the nicest men she ever met and he was very friendly with all of the local townspeople.  He would sign autographs, ask how people were doing and was a complete gentlemen the whole time.  My grandma's friend worked for a local diner and he came in one time to have dinner and she ended up being his server.  She said he was an absolute sweetheart and very friendly, but she didn't expect to see him again.  Well, a week goes by and he comes back to the diner and when she comes up to help him he says, "Hey Cindy, how ya doin' today?"  She must have had a shocked look on her face because he said, "You didn't think I'd remember your name, did ya?"  They ended up having a good laugh over it and he ended up coming to the diner a few more times before filming wrapped up. 
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MizB on August 19, 2010, 10:30:54 AM
I adore John Travolta so that makes my heart warm!!!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Esther_bunny on August 19, 2010, 12:48:44 PM
My DH is a huge Bob Newhart fan. He performed at an RV rally in Louisville KY. We drove all the way out there from Boston MA to see him. Not sure if anyone is familiar with this but there is a drinking game called "Hi Bob". When Bob Newhart came out on stage my DH yelled "Hi Bob" and Bob said "Hi" back, then asked him if he started playing the game already! After the show we went to the back entrance and waited for him to leave. We were the only one there and my DH asked if he could take a picture with him and get his autograph. Bob was so nice! He has the greatest smile! My DH told Bob that "the show Newhart was his Monday Night Football". Bob turned to him and said "Well Monday Night Football was my Monday Night Football!"

I've played "Hi Bob" before....only made it about halfway through the show.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Nightlinger on August 23, 2010, 08:07:03 PM
Not autographs, but fun.  As a dog trainer in Los Angeles, I've had many celebrity clients.

Jimmy Stewart:  The sweetest, most dear man ever.  He and his wife's dogs were named after their children, Kelly and Judy.  The dogs were angels, just like Jimmy and his wife.

Tommy LaSorda:  Funny and boisterous.

Robert Hays (Airport!):  Sooo funny.  When I got to his house, he was sitting in a mud puddle in shorts and a t-shirt, working on his broken pool pump.  He spent that entire lessons swatting flies and then gave me a handwritten note of appreciation.  Very cool.

Paul Verhoeven (Producer or director of Robo-Cop - can't remember which):  Down to earth but tried to act intimidating.  Dog trainers, as he found out very quickly, don't intimidate easily.  I think he appreciated my honest assessment of his handling skills.

Sugar Ray Leonard:  Absolute class!  And very down to earth and funny.  He caught me staring at his unbelievable biceps and held out his arm, saying, "Go ahead."  I hesitated, but he insisted, so I punched him and he jumped back with an, "OWWW!"  Very cool and gracious fellow.

Brad Garrett:  He was a blast.  Very funny, totally loved his dogs (named after an old Jewish couple he'd met on a cruise - Gus and Mabel), and was very responsible with them.  He called me years later and said a 'friend' of his needed a trainer but was too cheap to pay for one, so Brad offered to cover the expense.  The 'friend' was Ray Romano.

Savannah (umm... porn star):  No anecdotes that would be E-Hell approved, other than to say she committed suicide during our contract.  I was in therapy at the time and had to unload on my shrink about it.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman:  Not my clients, but a friend's.  After my friend trained the dogs, she was invited back every year for their annual holiday party.  My friend was paid five hundred bucks a pop for playing with the dogs down by the pool during the party.  They asked her back three years in a row.



Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Shortcake on August 24, 2010, 12:07:32 AM
I have always loved Jimmy Stewart! He always seemed like a class act. I am glad to hear how nice he was!

I have also thought Brad Garrett seemed like a nice guy. It is too funny that Ray Ramono was too cheap to pay for a dog trainer! Did you work with Ray? What's he like?
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Nightlinger on August 25, 2010, 04:57:00 PM
No, never met him.  I guess the offer of free dog training wasn't accepted.   ;D

But yes, Jimmy Stewart was just about the kindest man I've ever met.  True class.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 25, 2010, 05:11:54 PM
My husband is a volunteer DJ at the university and public radio stations, a popular emcee for blues concerts, and an occasional concert promoter.  I am often volunteered to work the door and sometimes double as a bouncer (all 5'-3" and 115 pounds of me ;-)  As a result, we have been able to get lots of musician's autographs.

Keb Mo was the nicest: He hung out backstage as long as there were fans and chatted like we were all old friends.  Jonny Lang was the most elusive: We only got an autograph because we were co-promoters and the main guy, who chauffeured the band around, was able to get them to sign a CD cover during "downtime."  To be fair, that was when Jonny was in his first flush of popularity and he was quite young.  I don't expect the same level of maturity from an 18 year old who was just catapulted to fame as I do from a man who has been in the business for years.

My favorite was Jimmy Thackery.  DH pushes me to get the autographs because he thinks they will be more willing to sign for a pretty lady than a "grizzled old man."  After he signed our CD cover, Jimmy said to me, "Today's my birthday; Do I get a kiss?"  Of course I kissed him - on the cheek - and gave him a brief hug.  Hey, I'm over 50!  Jonny took off with a couple of hot young thangs and didn't sign anything after the concert and here's Jimmy begging me (?) for a kiss.  I didn't even care if it was his birthday. >:D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Happy2BCF on September 13, 2010, 02:15:49 PM
I learned something Saturday night while getting the autograph of my favorite baseball player ever - take the cap off the Sharpie before handing it to them!

I felt like a total & complete idiot when he told me "take the cap off please".
Still floated joyfully (but redfaced) back to my seat.

It was a good night - I learned something AND stood two feet away from my baseball idol!!

Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Ponytail_Palm on October 19, 2010, 07:15:31 PM
I didn't realize until I read this thread that I actually have had a couple celebrity encounters!

My first was John Reynolds Gardiner, author of the children's book Stone Fox. He came to do a talk at my school when I was in 3rd grade, and my teacher got to meet him because she was an aspiring writer. Then she introduced him to me because I was an aspiring writer! ;D He was very nice and gave me an autographed pamphlet called "How to Write a Story that's Not Boring."

Then in 6th grade, everyone in my English class had to write a letter to an author. We got to choose. I chose Ursula K. Le Guin because I had just read her Earthsea series. And believe it or not...she wrote back! I got a handwritten postcard from her!! ;D

When I was in youth orchestra we did a concert with Mark Wood and his band (Mark Wood plays electric violin and was with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a while). They were all wonderful: they took time to teach us and were generally a lot of fun to work with. I got them (and my conductor, lol) to autograph a poster and I also got my picture taken with Mark.

Recently I got to meet Tory Belleci from Mythbusters, when he came to do a show at my boyfriend's university. He was awesome in person, even funnier than he is on the show. My boyfriend, our friends and I got our picture taken with him (and I got to stand next to him!). My boyfriend also brought along his lab coat to get it autographed! (A lab coat autographed by Tory is just about the coolest thing ever but I imagine it hardly inspires confidence... :P)

This isn't my story, but my boyfriend's:

My boyfriend is a huge Broadway fan, and when he was in high school he was lighting designer and stage manager for his school's theater. For his high school graduation present, his family took him to NYC to see a couple shows, including his favorite: Phantom of the Opera. After the show, my boyfriend went up to the lighting booth and asked the head lighting tech for his autograph! The guy was surprised but pleased. :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lexophile on October 20, 2010, 02:08:28 PM
Tom Robbins and Tom Selleck.

Tom Robbins at a book signing - very, very nice guy.

Tom Selleck - one of the nicest people I have ever met - celebrity or otherwise. We were living in Hawaii - my dad was in the Marine Corps and they needed some military extras in some of the episodes from Magnum PI (season 6, I believe), so he was helping out. My mom took us to pick him up from the set one day and we got to go in and watch part of the taping. Dad brought him over and introduced him to all of us. He gave me a signed photograph and then kissed me on the cheek (SWOON)! I was all of 8 years old and that was the most exciting moment of my life to that point.

He was even dreamier in person!! Later that same year, he attended an air show on the base where we were stationed. He recognized my dad, who was there as an officiant, and asked him if he could come over to where he was sitting and meet his parents. How many celebrities do you know who would be that personable?
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: MizB on October 20, 2010, 02:13:42 PM
That's awesome! I am so glad to hear how awesome he is bc I've always liked him.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JocelynCS on October 20, 2010, 09:04:54 PM
Toryyyyyy!!!!!  *WUV!*  ENVY!

I am envious.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: JonGirl on October 21, 2010, 04:57:39 AM
Tom Robbins and Tom Selleck.

Tom Robbins at a book signing - very, very nice guy.

Tom Selleck - one of the nicest people I have ever met - celebrity or otherwise. We were living in Hawaii - my dad was in the Marine Corps and they needed some military extras in some of the episodes from Magnum PI (season 6, I believe), so he was helping out. My mom took us to pick him up from the set one day and we got to go in and watch part of the taping. Dad brought him over and introduced him to all of us. He gave me a signed photograph and then kissed me on the cheek (SWOON)! I was all of 8 years old and that was the most exciting moment of my life to that point.

He was even dreamier in person!! Later that same year, he attended an air show on the base where we were stationed. He recognized my dad, who was there as an officiant, and asked him if he could come over to where he was sitting and meet his parents. How many celebrities do you know who would be that personable?


Oohh! I love Tom Selleck. I'm so jealous.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Lexophile on October 21, 2010, 03:36:21 PM
Yeah - I joked with my dad years later that meeting him actually made my crush on him worse. I wouldn't have been such an ardent admirer if he had been the least bit of a jerk, but everything about him - the way he carried himself, the way he treated everyone around him - was just plain classy. The guy obviously didn't hold himself above anybody.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on October 22, 2010, 10:15:23 AM
I LOVE when that happens, I like it when actors can be appreciative of where they come from etc.. and remember they are still human beings like the rest of us :)

I have a few stories like that too
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Nibsey on October 22, 2010, 12:22:23 PM
I LOVE when that happens, I like it when actors can be appreciative of where they come from etc.. and remember they are still human beings like the rest of us :)

I have a few stories like that too

And you're not telling them because??? ;D
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on October 22, 2010, 12:34:46 PM
Aren't you all sick of my "I met Zach Quinto and he is a sweetheart" stories LOL :) He always stops to talk to people, is very appreciative of whatever he gets and suggested a good place for me to eat when I was hungry, he said it was one of his favorite places and I could get cheap and good food to eat :) My burger was only 4 bucks! My friend now asks me if I often go to "our" place :rolls: silly gal.

Christian Borle of Legally Blonde fame was covered in pizza when I met him and was very chatty and had pizza and stage makeup on him, he did not seem put off by it, and he approached me.. odd!


My old boss told me a story once when she was in NYC, it started raining and a man came up to her and said "get under my umbrella, you are going to get soaked" and walked her to the subway station. That man was Tom Hanks!

Recently I got to meet Sara Rameriez from Greys Anatomy. She performed in a concert and after all these people wanted pics and autographs, I had nothing like that, the camera on my phone was even broke and she turned to me while I was grabbing some water and I smiled at her, she smiled back and I said "I have nothin... but I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed the show so much, and it was a pleasure to see you perform" she gave me a big hug and we talked for a couple minutes about theatre and living in NYC, it was really sweet.


Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Ponytail_Palm on October 22, 2010, 11:17:06 PM
Aren't you all sick of my "I met Zach Quinto and he is a sweetheart" stories LOL :) He always stops to talk to people, is very appreciative of whatever he gets and suggested a good place for me to eat when I was hungry, he said it was one of his favorite places and I could get cheap and good food to eat :) My burger was only 4 bucks! My friend now asks me if I often go to "our" place :rolls: silly gal.

I am sooo jealous! He is my fav actor, such a cutie. ;D I'm glad to hear he's a nice guy!
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on October 23, 2010, 07:15:49 AM
My pleasure, he is a sweetheart, and even more handsome in person! :)
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: Nibsey on October 23, 2010, 09:31:12 AM
Aren't you all sick of my "I met Zach Quinto and he is a sweetheart" stories LOL :) He always stops to talk to people, is very appreciative of whatever he gets and suggested a good place for me to eat when I was hungry, he said it was one of his favorite places and I could get cheap and good food to eat :) My burger was only 4 bucks! My friend now asks me if I often go to "our" place :rolls: silly gal.

I'll never get sick of hearing a Zach Quinto is gorgeous, nice and knows where to get a good hamburger story.  >:D The only 'celebrities' I ever see, and I use the word loosely, are Jim Corr and Tommy Tiernan, and I don't think I can use those descriptors for them  :P lol
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: McCutieBelle on October 23, 2010, 10:33:00 AM
good :) maybe I'll have one tonight if I get to see angels for my birthday today!!!

ETA- I did get to see Angels, and it was awesome. I also thought of Ehell too, because everyone was very polite in the line to wait for tickets.. I have encountered some nastiness when trying to get into seeing a sold out show AND after the show I saw some of the cast and ONE of the gentleman removed his hat before giving me a hug and chatting with me, could have been a coincidence but it just seemed very EHell approved.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: KCee on October 23, 2010, 02:53:38 PM
I just asked for my first autograph!

This past Tuesday night, a few friends and I went to the Comedy Cellar in NYC and saw a number of comics including Godfrey and Judah Friedlander (from 30 Rock and a lot of movies).  After the show we went upstairs to the connecting bar to have a few drinks and were pleasantly surprised to see all the comics hanging out.  I mentioned I had never gotten anyone's autograph before and decided to go ask Judah Friedlander.  I approached him, got the autograph, he asked me to buy his book and briefly introduced the people he was standing with "Cliff and John."  Of course I recognized his friend John...John Mayer. I was slightly thrilled to randomly see John Mayer but didn't say anything besides "Hi" since he was clearly just hanging out, probably not looking to be bothered.
Title: Re: Autograph Stories
Post by: It's good to be Queen on October 26, 2010, 11:20:14 AM
My uncle was a deputy sheriff and was working an event that featured Ann-Margaret.  He approached her and told her that he had served in Viet Nam and how much he appreciated her USO tours.  She was so gracious and said that she always liked meeting "her gentlemen" from the service.  She took a picture with him and gave him an autograph and they had a nice conversation about the USO show he had seen telling him funny stories about Bob Hope and some of the other performers.

My story is that I went to a Mandy Patinken concert with a friend who is a HUGE fan.  We went to the stage door and eventually were let in backstage with about 15-20 other people who were waiting.  Mandy talked to everyone, took pictures, signed autographs, and was generally charming.  What a great experience!