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Re: Autograph Stories
« Reply #60 on: December 23, 2009, 04:04:45 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.

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« Reply #61 on: December 23, 2009, 04:09:55 PM »





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« Reply #62 on: December 23, 2009, 06:08:30 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. 


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« Reply #63 on: December 23, 2009, 08:53:07 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!

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« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2009, 11:02:51 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.

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« Reply #65 on: December 29, 2009, 09:10:34 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!
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« Reply #66 on: December 29, 2009, 09:48:08 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

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« Reply #67 on: December 29, 2009, 09:54:36 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
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« Reply #68 on: January 10, 2010, 04:57:11 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. 

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« Reply #69 on: January 10, 2010, 05:32:56 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...  ::)
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« Reply #70 on: January 11, 2010, 12:13:37 PM »
  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

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« Reply #71 on: January 11, 2010, 12:43:14 PM »
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." 

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« Reply #72 on: January 11, 2010, 01:17:10 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!)

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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.
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« Reply #73 on: January 11, 2010, 02:26:44 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

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« Reply #74 on: January 12, 2010, 01:53:58 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