July 9, 2011 Autograph Addresses

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ACTORS &  ACTRESSESS
** Tim Allen Boxing Cat Prod., 11500 Hart St., No. Hollywood, CA, 91605
Adrienne Barbeau General Hospital, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA, 90027
** Powers Boothe IMPR, 1810 4th St., Ste. 205, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
** Dayton Callie Abrams Artists Agency, 9200 Sunset Blvd, 11th Fl., Los Angeles, CA, 90069
** Larry Cedar Sutton, Barth & Vennari, Inc., 145 S. Fairfax Ave., #310, Los Angeles, CA, 90036
** Carol Channing Channing – Kullijian Foundation, 101 First St, #443, Los Altos, CA, 94022-2778
** Bill Cosby PO Box 4049, Santa Monica, CA, 90411
** Billy Crystal Face Prod., 335 N. Maple Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
** Tony Dow David Moss & Assoc., 733 N. Seward St., Penthouse, Los Angeles, CA, 90038
** Barbara Eden PO Box 6061-617, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
* Jessalyn Gilsig Independent Artists Agency, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 750, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
** John Hawkes IMPR, 1810 4th St., Ste. 205, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
** Peter Jason Diverse Talent Group, 9911 Pico Blvd., Ste. 350W, Los Angeles, CA, 90035
* Shirley Jones Suite One Prod., 16400 Ventura Blvd, #335, Encino, CA, 91436
* Stacy Keach 101 N Robertson Blvd, Ste. 200, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
* Sally Kellerman 7944 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90046
* Ben Kingsley Independent Talent Group Oxford House, 76 Oxford St., London, UK, W1D 1BS
Swoosie Kurtz Mike and Molly Bonanza Prod., 3500 W. Olive Ave. #780, Burbank, CA, 91505
** John Leguizamo Rebel Prod., 268 E. 7th St., Ground Fl., New York, NY, 10009
** Joanna Lumley La Bete Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., New York, NY, 10036
** George Maharis 9401 Wilshire Blvd. 700, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
** Lee Majors PO Box 3457, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
** David McCallum NCIS, 26030 Avenue Hall, Box 4, Valencia, CA, 91335
** Patty McCormack 12121 La Maida St. #7, North Hollywood, CA, 91607
** Gerald McRaney AVO Talent, 8500 Melrose Ave., #212, West Hollywood, CA, 90069
** Ian McShane McShane Prod., New Bridge St. House, 30 New Bridge St., London, UK, EC4V 6BJ
* Hayley Mills Chatto And Linnit Ltd, 123a Kings Rd., GB London, England, SW3 4PL
** Kristin Minter Marshak/Zachary, 8840 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
* Richard Moll PO Box 120010, Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315
** Kevin Nealon Brillstein-Grey Ent., 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 350, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
* Joe Pesci Jay Julien Mgmt., 1501 Broadway, Ste. 2600, New York, NY, 10036
** Leon Rippy Michael Greene & Assoc. Talent Agency, 190 N. Canon Dr., Ste. 202, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
Julia Roberts Red Om Films Inc., 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 500, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
** Laura Vandervoort Noble Caplan Abrams, 1260 Yonge St., 2nd Fl., Toronta, ON, Canada, M4T 1W6
** Titus Welliver Paradigm Agency, 360 N. Crescent Dr., N. Building, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
MUSIC
** Rosanne Cash Danny Kahn Cross Rd. Mgmt., 45 W. 11th St., Ste. 7B, New York, NY, 10011
** Dick Clark Dick Clark Co., 26800 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA, 90265
* Billy Joel Maritime, Inc., 34 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY, 11771
Avril Lavigne RCA Records, 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10022
* The Band Perry Bob Doyle & Assoc., 1111 17th. Ave. S., Nashville, TN, 37212
AUTHORS
** Janice Acoose First Nations University Of Canada, 710 Duke St., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 0P8
** Kelley Aitken 30 Duncan St., Ste. 704, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 2C3
* Jan Brett Post Office Box 366, Norwell, MA, 2061
** Nathan P. Butler Creekside High School, 7405 Herndon Rd., Fairburn, GA, 30213
** Meg Cabot Albin Michel, 22 Rue Huyghens, Paris, France, 75 014
* Catherine Coulter PO Box 17, Mill Valley, CA, 94942
** Charlaine Harris P.O Box 354, Magnolia, AR, 71754
* Lisa Hendrix PO Box 8092, Medford, OR, 97501
** Mary Higgins Clark MHC-Clark, 15 Werimus Brook Rd., Saddle River, NJ, 7458
** Christopher Hitchens 2022 Columbia Rd Nw, Washington, DC, 20009
* Kitty Kelley 1228 Eton CT. Nw, Washington, DC, 20007
* Thomas M. Keneally Random House, Level 3, 100 Pacific Highway,, North Sydney, Australia, NSW 2060
* Dean R. Koontz PO Box 9529, Newport Beach, CA, 92658
* Katie MacAlister 3 Seas Literary Agency, PO Box 8571, Madison, WI, 53708
** Arthur Marx 2112 Century Park Ln, Unit 110, Los Angeles, CA, 90067
** William J. Murray Religious Freedom Coalition, PO Box 77511, Washington, DC, 20013
* Christopher Rice 1239 First St., New Orleans, LA, 70730
* Philip Roth 250 Melius Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT, 6754
* Richard Russo 3 High ST, Camden, ME, 4843
** Jennifer Sey Levis, 1155 Battery St., San Francisco, CA, 94111
* Vivian Vande Velde Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Attn: Vivian Vande Velde Author Mail, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA, 2116
** Herman Wouk 303 Crestview, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
* Timothy Zahn PO Box 1755, Coos Bay, OR, 97420
ATHLETES
** Laila Ali Premier Sports Mgmt., 1401 Ocean Ave. Ste. 302,, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
** Amanda Beard 212 Raft Island Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
** Buddy Bell Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL, 60616
** Brad Daugherty PO Box 2270, Fairview, NC, 28730-2270
** Frank Gifford GIFFORD, 300 Main St., Ste. 802, Stamford, CT, 6901
** Eric Heiden UC Davis Sports Medicine, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95817
** Don Larsen PO Box 2863, Hayden, ID, 83835
** Jack Nicklaus 11397 Old Harbour Rd., N. Palm Beach, FL, 33408
** Shaquille O’Neal 555 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA, 1776
** Bill Russell 27982 Red Pine Ct., Valencia, CA, 91354
* Caroline Wozniaki WTA, One Progress Plaza, Ste. 1500, St. Peterburgh, FL, 33701
** Don Zimmer 7069 Key Haven Rd. #201, Seminole, FL, 33777
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
Joe Amato Motorsports H.O.F., PO Box 194, Novi, MI, 48376
Jack Beckman Valvoline, PO Box 14000, Lexington, KY, 40512
Bob Benza BNB Racing Inc., 175 Marble Ave., Pleasantville, NY, 10570
Kenny Bernstein Motorsports H.O.F., PO Box 194, Novi, MI, 48376
Bob Bode Bode Racing, PO Box 1107, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
David Buca Baca Henkelman & Baca Motorsports, 529 Garcia Ave, Ste. C, Pittsburg, CA, 94565
Jeg Couglin Jr. & Sr. Team Jegs Jeg’s High Performance, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH, 43015
Erica Enders Enders Racing, 18000 Groschke Rd., Hanger A2, Houston, TX, 77084
Doug Foley Doug Foley Drag Racing School, 149A Byers Creek Rd., Mooresville, NC, 28117
John Force John Force Racing, 22722 Old Canal Rd., Yorba Linda, CA, 92887
Ashley Force Hood John Force Racing, 22722 Old Canal Rd., Yorba Linda, CA, 92887
Matt Hagan
Rhonda Hartman-Smith Hartman Enterprises, 5611 Highway 81 N., Williamston, SC, 29697
Doug Herbert Doug Herbert Performance Parts, 1443 East Gaston St., Lincolnton, NC, 28092
Robert Hight John Force Racing, 22722 Old Canal Rd., Yorba Linda, CA, 92887
Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Racing, PO Box 5546, Santa Maria, CA, 93456
Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing, 2551 Ruffner Court, Irondale, AL, 35210
Connie Kalitta Kalitta Motorsports, 1010 James L. Hart Pkwy., Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
Doug Kalitta Kalitta Motorsports, 1010 James L. Hart Pkwy., Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
Chris Karamesines Motorsports H.O.F., PO Box 194, Novi, MI, 48376
Morgan Lucas Morgan Lucas Racing, 481 S.point Circle, Unit 10, Brownsburg, IN, 46112
Spencer Massey Team Jegs Jeg’s High Performance, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH, 43015
Cory McClenathan Team Jegs Jeg’s High Performance, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH, 43015
Tony Pedregon Pedregon Race Shop, 462 S. Point Cir., Brownsburg, IN, 46112
Cruz Pedregon Pedregon Race Shop, 462 S. Point Cir., Brownsburg, IN, 46112
Don Prudhomme Motorsports H.O.F., PO Box 194, Novi, MI, 48376
Tony Schumacker Schumacher Racing, 3821 Industrial Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN, 46254
Matt Smith NHRA, 366 Easton Rd., Warrington, PA, 18976
Melanie Troxel National Hot Rod Assoc., 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA, 91741
Tim Wilkerson Tim Wilkerson Racing, Inc., 2840 Stevenson Dr. Ste. C, Springfield, IL, 62703
Del Worsham Worsham Racing, PO Box 1329, Chino Hills, CA, 91709
READER REQUESTS
** Allisyn Ashley Arm Piper/Kaniecki/Marks Attn: Lynne Marks, PO Box 517, Cedar Glen, CA, 92321
* Erin Brockovich-Ellis 5737 Kanam Rd.. #592, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
** Tommy Chong 1625 Casale Rd., Pacific Palidsades, CA, 90272
* Monica Crowley 77 WABC2 Penn Plaza, 17th Fl., New York, NY, 10121
** Rick Hansen Rick Hansen Foundation, #300 – 3820 Cessna Dr., Richmond, BC, Canada, V7B 0A2
** Thomas D. Jones Astronaut Office, Mail Code CB, NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, 77058
* Christine King Farris Spellman College, 350 Spellman Lane S.W., Atlanta, GA, 30314-4399
Doutzen Kroes DNA Model Mgmt., 555 W. 25th St., 6th Fl., New York, NY, 10001
* David Letterman Dave Autograph Request/ Susan Kanani/Late Show with David Letterman, 1697 Broadway, 12th Fl., New York, NY, 10019
* Allison Mack Industry Ent., 955 Carrillo Dr., Ste. 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90048
** Valerie Perrine Bret Adams Agency, 448 W. 44th St., New York, NY, 10036
** Paul Schrader 9696 Culver Blvd. #203, Culver City, CA, 90232
Steven Spielberg War Horse’ Longcross Studios, Chobham Lane, Chertsey, Surrey, UK, KT16 0EE
** John Wagner Hallmark Cards Inc., PO Box 419580, Kansas City, MO, 64141
** James D. Watson PO Box 100, Cold Springs Harbor, NY, 11724
** Raquel Welch 9903 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste #514, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

 

 

Charlie Sheen: What You See is Half of What You Get

By Lawrence Grobel

Over the years, I’ve often been surprised when someone I’m meeting for the first time says to me, “I’ve seen you on TV.” To which I often reply, “Which one?”

I’m referring to those biographical shows A&E or E! puts on (A&E Biography; the E! True Hollywood Story). I’ve been a “talking head” on a number of them: Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Patrick Swayze, Jet Li, Anthony Hopkins, Jean Claude Van Damme, Angelina Jolie, etc. I get recognized far more for these than my books, which is depressing, but to be expected. TV is a far more powerful medium. And it’s not just in the U.S., but in England, France, Poland, Japan. These shows are popular around the world, and they get repeated over and over, so once you’ve done one, you’re connected to that star seemingly for the rest of your life.

Charlie Sheen with Larry Grobel at Sheen's house in Malibu, 1990

 

I’ve never claimed to be an authority about any of these celebrities. But once you’ve written about them for a magazine, you become attached to them. So when a TV producer is looking to put a show together, besides the clips and the narration, he’s trying to find a few reliable “authorities.” I get called to do a lot more than I end up doing because I always ask to be compensated for my time, and these shows think that just being on TV is payment enough.

The most recent request came from E! asking if I would be willing to talk about Charlie Sheen. After the predictable back-and-forth we came to an agreement and I went into my files for the trip down memory lane. I had interviewed Sheen for Movieline twenty years ago, had even been a “talking head” for A&E Biography about him in the late ‘90s. So it was déjà vu, except for the fact that in the last twenty years, Charlie Sheen has been in an out of new marriages and relationships, in and out of rehab, fathered a few more children, and found enormous success on the TV show Two and a Half Men.

One of the first things I read about him in my preparation for E’s coming to my house with their TV crew was a 1994 Movieline article with Stephen Rebello in which Sheen spoke about the encounter he and I had had four years earlier. “Sheen had vowed he did not want to handle this Movieline interview the way he handled his previous Movieline interview,” Rebello wrote. “What, no spilling the beans on such escapades as a youthful four-day crime spree? A credit card scam? A supposed accident involving a loaded gun with his then-girlfriend? …Why ever not? ‘Because I thought I was an a-hole in that interview,’ he confesses. ‘It was during that whole crazy period when I was feeling very much like being an outlaw. Or maintaining the image of an outlaw. Which can be interesting and fun, but not real productive. I was just talking about all kinds of s—, you know? Now, the press wants to maintain that outlaw image?’”

What struck me reading this was that I had no idea how Sheen had felt about our interview. I hadn’t read this piece by Rebello before, and sitting on my patio, a cigar in one hand, some dark chocolate raisins and a cup of decaf on a table next to me, I found myself smiling. Ah Charlie, I thought, I remember so well the time we met….

He was living in Malibu. I drove to his place and I parked next to his black Mercedes 560 SL, thinking, this guy is surely living the high life. Young (he was 25), handsome, a movie star (Platoon and Wall Street were already behind him), a womanizer (he lost his virginity at 15 during a trip he took with his father, actor Martin Sheen, to Las Vegas. Dad had gone to bed early, Charlie and his cousin found a friendly service and ordered in, then he borrowed his father’s credit card to pay the woman $400), and a distant dad (he had fathered a daughter when he was 19). I was more interested in his years growing up in a famous family as I was about his acting career, and when I asked him to tell me about how he once got arrested as a teenager, he gave me this:

“I had a four day crime spree before I got arrested,” Sheen told me. “We got credit card receipts from the trash of the Beverly Hills Hotel. I told the manager I left a term paper in the lobby and he let me look through the trash. I got all these receipts and we’d call up stores in Westwood and ask if they took phone orders. Then we’d order things like televisions, Walkmans, jewelry, watches, and say ‘I’ll send my son in to pick it up.’ So we’d go in and collect the loot and have the option of having it gift wrapped. Very blue collar crime, when you look somebody in the eye and they say, ‘You want your shit gift wrapped?’”

When one of his best friends got caught at a photo store, Sheen was implicated. “I’m standing in front of my art class, second period, senior year, when two cops came walking down the hallway,” he recalled. “They said, ‘You are under arrest for credit card forgery.’ I was 17. I had to find an angle. I got to the station and indicted my friend and gave them all the receipts and told them everything. It was totally despicable and highly illegal but hell, we gave it a shot.”

He wasn’t thrown out of school then, but he managed to screw up by failing English. “I needed a C- to pass the course and if I didn’t get it I’d be off the baseball team. There was a lot of shit riding on this test. And because I didn’t have a note from my parents because of my absence the day before, she wouldn’t let me take the test. So I pretty much melted down in front of the whole class. I took the test, which was pretty thick, rolled it up into a ball and fired a strike in the middle of her forehead. It knocked her glasses off. She stood there staring at me and in the middle of my rage I said to her that she was lucky I hadn’t killed her yet. Then I ran out of shit to say, it was really an embarrassing moment, so I just started walking out, and there was that infamous trash can. I grabbed it and threw it about thirty feet into the chalkboard and said, ‘Here’s your f***g trash!’ That was my exit.”

High school behind, Sheen became a movie star, got involved with women, and guns.

“With [actress] Rebecca Schaeffer being murdered at her own door one night by a lunatic, with John Lennon, with the continual threat of crazy people towards celebrity, I’ve been carrying a weapon for quite some time because I felt that if shit ever went down I’d want to return some fire. And that even if I was taken out I would want to take the sonofabitch with me. So I used to carry a little .22 Mag and five-shot revolver.”

This was where Sheen paused and asked me to turn off my tape recorder. “Here’s my problem,” he said to me, “I don’t know how to talk about the incident with my girlfriend.” His girlfriend at the time was Kelly Preston, who would go on to marry John Travolta. I had no idea what incident he was even talking about, but all my instincts shouted, Just keep him talking! So I said, “Charlie, in my experience, the best way to talk about an incident is to tell it truly, so that the media can’t distort it. This is your chance to lay it out. I’ll just turn back on the recorder and ask you, simply, what happened. You take it from there.”

This is what he told me:

“I had the revolver in my back pocket where it lived for a number of years. I was downstairs in the bathroom one morning and my girlfriend Kelly was upstairs. She went to move my pants off the weighing scale and the gun fell out of the back pocket and hit the linoleum floor and discharged a round that, thank God, didn’t hit her directly, but it hit the toilet that she was standing next to. She got hit with the porcelain shrapnel and lead from the bullet itself. I heard the shot and I’ve been around enough weapons to know that it wasn’t the shampoo bottle falling in the shower. I knew immediately it was gunfire. I rushed upstairs and there was Kelly in her underwear, holding her wrist and bleeding from several places. I was panicked. I picked up the phone and didn’t know whether to call 411 or 911. It was a terrifying moment. The paramedics came and the police had to come because it was a shooting incident. The police didn’t haul me away for shooting her, but she was taken to the hospital and then released the same day with four stitches, two in her wrist and two in her calf. I felt that if it should have happened to anybody it should have happened to me. We were very fortunate that the bullet itself didn’t hit her directly. I took that particular weapon, after claiming it from the police station where they held it for seventy-two hours, and I threw it in the ocean because it had a vibe about it that was not healthy.

“It was kind of a turning point in my philosophy of arming myself in the streets. I’m studying hand-to-hand now instead of carrying a weapon, learning how to disarm the assailant. It doesn’t mean that I’ve removed the weapons from my house. In the times we live in and the profession we work in I feel it necessary to keep armed.

If some lunatic wants to come and do some damage, he’s going to walk into an arsenal and I’ll have a bead on him.”

To me, what Sheen had just said was a gift. I wasn’t up on my tabloid news, and had no plans on asking him about this because I was clueless. But he offered it up, I encouraged him, and he hit it out of the park. If this would later make him feel like an “a-hole” I really can take no credit. If it enhanced his outlaw image, that was his own doing. Little did I know that twenty years later, the E! True Hollywood Story would be knocking at my door, asking me to repeat Charlie’s stories.

Back at the time I interviewed him, Sheen enjoyed signing autographs. I don’t know if that’s changed over the years, but what he said then was, “It takes more time explaining why you can’t give an autograph, which is usually b.s., than to just do it. I like to sign autographs or pictures because you’re giving people something back for supporting you. Somewhere down the line somebody may think you treated them well and buy a ticket to your film.”

I didn’t ask Charlie for his autograph, but he signed two of his poems to me anyway. He likes to write poetry. He said that 17 publishers had turned down his book of poems because they were “too dark and too violent,” so he started writing poems that were “more romantic and revealing.” He eventually got one published. He also got two highly successful sit-coms, Spin City, replacing Michael J. Fox; and Two and a Half Men, which made him a household name and where he now earns $1.2 million per episode. Well, he was already a household name, appearing on the cover of Time when Platoon came out, and in 1993 when he was singled out in the Heidi Fleiss call girl scandal—he paid her $53,000 in traveler’s checks for services rendered. He’s still in the news for fighting with his wife, again, and going back to rehab to try to take control of some bad habits. But that’s Charlie. What you see is only half of what you get. The whole package makes for a wild ride. As he once said when asked how he’d like to go out:

“Driving a ’67 Stingray off the Grand Canyon on fire, dressed as Spider Man, screaming ‘Mom!’ as it’s all videotaped.”

 

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Vampires Fly to Sign Autographs

By Mark J Gross

If you know anything about vampires, they do enjoy biting your neck for a good meal of tasty blood. This is true unless you see a vampire or two at a horror, sci-fi or nostalgia convention. Here these bloodsuckers prefer to meet fans and sign autographs. I recently got to meet and interview Kristin Bauer, who plays the vampire Pam in the awesome HBO hit series True Blood.

True Blood originated as a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, entitled The Southern Vampire Mysteries, starting in 2001. Her novels deal with Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in Bon Tempe, Louisiana, and the first novel was called Dead Until Dark.

Vampire shows are the hottest genre today besides reality TV, but they’ve been a recipe for success since the 60s. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, Moonlight, Forever Knight, The Gates and of course Dark Shadows have all done well, in many cases becoming cult hits.

I don’t think there is just one thing that make fans so fascinated about vampires. Being a fan of vampires of both the big and small screen, I know some of it is the myth surrounding them, their powers, the prowess they display, and also of the actual limitations that they have that we do not.

The Twilight series of novels by Stephanie Myer and their resulting films have a huge following, as does True Blood.

I have also been reading a few novels about a vampire private detective named Felix Gomez, in books by author Mario Acevedo. These novels offer adventures, vampiric horror elements and humor and are written quite well. Mario told me recently via email that he likes to think of his character Felix Gomez as Wolverine’s undead badass cousin.

Yet, being able to sit down and interview a vampire is tricky, but I manage come out unscathed, no neck bites, and an autograph in hand. Sitting down to interview Chris Sarandon a few years ago, who played the debonair vampire Jerry Dandridge in the 1985 film Fright Night, I was able to do just that. I had asked Chris about his thoughts on the vampire character he played.

He said, “I came to a number of conclusions about the guy, I mean, what kind of conclusions can you come to about a man who has been living for a thousand years. He has a lot of stories to tell. And so, those all kind of fit into what I thought was the character, this wonderfully elegant, very seductive, and at the same time, terribly evil person!”

I recently interviewed True Blood author Charlaine Harris by email. This is what she shared:

1. What was the creative inception for you that helped you invent the Sookie Stackhouse character and these books?
“Thirteen years ago, I decided it would be fun to break out of the mystery genre and write a book about a young woman who wanted to date a vampire.”

2. What do you think of the True Blood series on HBO, any thoughts?
“I love the show. I think it’s tremendously entertaining, and I love the surprises.”

3. What, if anything can you tell readers and fans about any upcoming projects?
“Toni Kelner and I have an anthology coming out in August, Death’s Excellent Vacation. We have a dream list of contributors, and my story is an original Sookie story. I’m working on Sookie 11, as yet untitled, and next February The Sookie Companion will be on the shelves for everyone who loves Sookie and her world. It’ll include an original novella.”

Another Vampy actress I have interviewed a few times is the first African American scream queen, Monique Dupree. Monique has played a few vampires in some independent films and does a great job. She loves the True Blood series and often sets up at conventions to sign for fans. Monique’s work is not to be missed, and her Facebook page shows some awesome vampire characters she’s played! Check out her many roles as a vampire and other life forms she has played from her site.

OK, time to share with you some of my interview with the famous vixen vampire from True Blood, Pam, played by Kristin Bauer.

So Kristin, how did your interest begin to become an actress?
“Well, I did go to a school for fine art, and that’s a life of usually being broke and maybe being alone, and there are a lot of starving actors out there. But, I did have  many sort of different, you know, not very great jobs. I was a window washer, I worked for Herbalife, I worked on those carts in downtown Boston for awhile.”

While working those jobs did you have a inner thought about being an actress?
“No, it wasn’t even a thought. The high school I went to in Wisconsin only did musicals, and I don’t sing. At least not in public anyway. So I didn’t go out for that. And my family, we didn’t watch TV a lot, or go to the movies. It was just never a thought. And then I ended up in L.A., where everyone’s acting, trying to act or do something like that.  So, I eventually did start acting in TV and it was really just a better day job than washing windows.”

Then I’m sure you got a good resume together.
“Yes, a fake one. I made up almost the whole thing, that’s how you start. And everybody knows. In fact, I remember in one of my first auditions Burt Reynolds said, ‘So how’d you like playing Cherry in
Star Bangle Banner?’ And I said , ‘WHO?’ I didn’t even know what I had made up. But it is fun, and I love being around people on a set, that’s my favorite part of acting!”

What other roles, besides Pam the Vampire did you really enjoy?
“Well, you know, I hear a lot about ‘Manhands,’ the role I had in
Seinfeld.”

I asked Kristin to let me see her hands then, and she held up her hand like a model and smiled.

I guess it seems they did not really use your hands then.
“They did not.”
(Kristin kept modeling her hands to my camera and laughed.)

How was it working with the Seinfeld cast?
“Great, they were really fun. Every few years I see Jerry Seinfeld somewhere and I go up to him and say, ‘Hi, I was Manhands!’”

You seem great with these fans you are autographing for at this convention. This is not your first signing show is it?
“It is!!! Yes yes, this is my first time.”

Amazing. You seem so at home with fans. Tell me about how you feel being here, meeting and signing for fans.
“It’s wonderful. Yet, otherwise if not for these shows, you don’t have contact with the fans. I do a bit on the Internet, but I’m just getting going on it, because you also don’t want to read things on the web where people say they hate you.”
(Kristin laughs after she says this to me and looks into my camera and laughs again.) “But you come up here at a show like this and the people who come up here are more your fans and come to see you. It is so nice to hear that people like True Blood show and the character Pam.”

Tell us more about True Blood and Pam.
“Well, I auditioned for her, and found out that I got the part about a month later. The series had already begun and they did the pilot, then the writers strike happened, so there was a delay for them, and I came in on episode four of the first season. The main thing for me as an actress is they give you the dialogue, which gives you a huge clue as to how to play this thing. You also know the wardrobe person is astounding, which informs you a huge amount about who you are. Hair and makeup people also. It’s a huge effort, plus basically if you’re hired, you’re in the ballpark.”

And you put all these elements together to play Pam?
“Yes, plus what you naturally did at the audition is apparently what they want. You’ll often hear directors say that casting is 90 percent of directing. So once you have the job, you know you have to figure you’re pretty much in the ballpark.”

Have you ever been a fan of anything sci-fi or horror?
“Yeah, I was a huge Trekkie. I love
Star Trek. In Fact, my checkbook has all the different Star Trek ships. I played a Klingon in the series Enterprise.”

How was that?
“That was my first time being in makeup a long time.  I’ve heard from actors that that’s hard. It’s hard! And after they do all that to you, it seems like acting just comes last.”

How much of you do you put into the character Pam?
“Well, with any show, as an actor all you really have is you, and more than that you have your imagination. So that’s what we’re seeing, you’re seeing little aspects of you, but really you’re seeing a huge part of the writers imagination. They’re the invisible part behind the actor that’s a much bigger percentage than people realize, and you make it up as you go. You know you’re just playing.”

What can you tell me about anything in the future for True Blood? Whatever you can tell me without fanging me.
“Yeah, if I say too much I’ll have to kill you and then myself.”
(We both really laughed as did spectators watching the interview.) “Well, you do see more Pam, and we do get to know more about her character. And you seem to understand more of her relationship with Eric.”

Tell us about any future projects.
“Well, mainly I’m tied with
True Blood until August.” (2010)

Personally, what does Kristin enjoy?
“I’m going to Africa to meet my husband’s family. Plus I work with an organization called International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is sad but, elephant ivory is still the number one illegal trade. It is horrible, this is a huge animal and they kill them for this much (Kristin motions a small amount with her fingers), body percentage wise. And the elephant thing is just mean, so were trying to figure out who’s buying the ivory.”

Do you have other interests? Are you a collector of autographs or anything?
“I love to paint. And I don’t collect autographs—except, I started today. I was able to get Alice Cooper’s autograph and others today here.”

What autograph would you want the most if you could have it?
“John Wayne, because he’s my favorite and he reminds me of my dad. He passed in 1998. I also love meeting fans, chatting and signing!”

Kristin got really choked up and shed a few tears thinking about her father. She also tells me that she created her Web site on her own for her fans.

Kristin was wonderful and so sweet. But just in case, I try to bring my concealed a cross, a small wooden stake, a tad of holy water, and my trusty Sharpie when I do these interviews. I need that in case a vamp’s own Sharpie runs dry.

After all, I do want that autograph. As do we all.

Go to these Web sites to contact one of these vamping personalities for an autograph or info:
Kristen Bauer: www.kristenbauer.com
Charlaine Harris: www.charlaineharris.com
Mario Acevedo: www.marioacevedo.com
Monique DuPree: www.moniquedupree.com

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Book Collector: Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Patti Davis

 

 

By John E. Schlimm II

This month I am showcasing a very unique lady from within my collection of signed books by Presidential and Vice Presidential family members.

In the pantheon of White House kids-turned-serious authors (beyond those who have only written the perfunctory memoir), we have the likes of Margaret Truman, John Eisenhower, Susan Ford, Caroline Kennedy, and, most recently, Jenna Bush. However, while these White House offspring have steered clear of controversy with their works, there is a member of this exclusive First Kids Club who has often found herself right in the thick of tabloid headlines: Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Patti’s turbulent relationship with her parents, before and during the White House years, and then their reconciliation in Ronald Reagan’s final years have been well-documented in the press and by the family’s own chronicles. Patti’s story is a saga of pain and redemption, in which she has come to terms with life and found some peace.

In her own right, Patti became a public figure early on, finding a fair share of stardom via acting roles in the 1970s and ’80s, including guest spots on The Love Boat, CHiPs and Fantasy Island, and a more permanent role on the soap, Rituals, as well as a highly publicized spread she shot for the July 1994 issue of Playboy. Not to mention, she lived with Bernie Leadon of the Eagles with whom she co-wrote the Eagles’ song, “I Wish You Peace.”

With her first book, a novel titled Home Front, published in 1986, Patti, who had made no secret of the fact she was more liberal than her conservative father, further cemented her role as a renegade daughter. Many felt that some of her early fiction was based on her life growing up with two of the most iconic parents to ever rock the country coast to coast, literally from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. Patti’s first book was followed by two more novels, Deadfall (1989) and A House of Secrets (1991). In the Epilogue to her 1992 autobiography, Patti noted that her third novel “allowed me to explore, through a fictional character, what it would feel like to tell the truth about one’s life.”

It was that autobiography, The Way I See It, which caused my autograph collecting path to cross that of the former First Daughter’s. Just starting my collection, especially the book portion, at the time, this was one of the first books I sent to anyone to be signed. Around this time, I also had the good fortune of having her parents each ink their respective White House memoirs. Patti’s book was returned, nicely inscribed, proving she is a generous through-the-mail signer. I have since also acquired the London-published version of this book, which was titled Family Secrets.

Patti wrote one more novel, Bondage, in 1994, which she followed with works of memoir and inspiration, including Angels Don’t Die: My Father’s Gift of Faith (1995), The Long Good-Bye (2004), Two Cats and the Woman They Own (2006), and, most recently, The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us (2009).

Patti also wrote the Foreword for The President & Mrs. Reagan: An American Love Story by famed photographer Harry Benson and Gigi Benson.

Following the addition of an inscribed copy of The Way I See It to my collection in the mid-1990s, it took me over ten years before I completed my Patti Davis Library. And I’ve done it in a backwards sort of way. Normally, we read or at least purchase a book, then send it or a bookplate off to the author to be signed, right? Not so in this case.

A few months ago, I sent seven bookplates to Patti to be inscribed, knowing that one day I would get around to buying the books. As most of you know, while I collect signed books in all genres, I have most focused on my collection of signed books by modern First and Second Family members.

Shortly after my request went out, the bookplates were all returned, each inscribed “To John” as I had requested.

From there, the progression went like this: I had an unsigned copy of Bondage that I had picked up at a resale shop and had on my shelf for years—it got the first autographed bookplate. Then, a few weeks ago, I found a copy of The President & Mrs. Reagan at a Big Lots for $1.00 (much like in the early 1990s when I found copies of An American Life by Ronald Reagan and In the Arena by Richard Nixon for $1.00 each; both of which were signed shortly thereafter). That book got the second autographed bookplate.

From there, I proceeded to order used copies of Patti’s other books on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, each costing anywhere from $.01 (Yes, that’s one cent, plus shipping) to $4.00. The remaining five bookplates went to those copies. I’ve still got two books without signatures, but plan to send those books or bookplates to Patti to sign, finally completing my Patti Davis Library within my Reagan collection and further enhancing my larger First and Second Families signed book collection.

Like the real life reconciliation of Patti Davis and her parents, her portion of my book collection also has a happy ending.

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The Autographs of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine

By Jay Neill

The history of professional baseball is a biography of the men who have played the game. On rare occasions teams emerge that are undeniably great. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the first of back-to-back World Championships by the 1975 and 1976 Cincinnati Reds, and there is no denying their greatness.

As time passes, the players receive more respect for their accomplishments and more requests for their signatures. Known simply as “The Big Red Machine,” Cincinnati built a dynasty in the 1970s, averaging 100 wins per season from 1972-1976. There are several teams that vie for the title of the best baseball team ever, including the 1927 New York Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig , but the ’75 and ’76 Reds are the top National League team of the modern era. Perhaps the greatest team in baseball history. The 1921-1922 New York Giants were the last National League team to win consecutive World Series, and no N.L. team has won it since.

The Reds’ 1976 starting line-up of Johnny Bench, Tony Pérez, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Dave Concepción, George Foster, César Gerónimo and Ken Griffey dominated the league, winning 102 games and losing only 60 on their way to a post season sweep ending in victory over the Yankees. The line-up become known as the “Great Eight,” and they have all been inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, except for Pete Rose, who was ineligible due to his game betting scandal. Chris Eckes, the operations manager and chief curator of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, says they receive “Consistent requests for signed items,” Pete Rose number one.

While most associate Cincinnati’s championship teams with these players, the Great Eight only started together 88 times over the two seasons, winning 69 games and losing just 19 for an incredible .784 winning percentage.

How did they win so many games, even when the starting lineup wasn’t together? They had a great bench of role players they could count on on the field, like Dan Driessen, Bill Plummer and Ed Armbrister. And stellar pitchers like of Don Gullett, Will McEnaney, Rawly Eastwick and 1976 co-Rookie of the Year, Pat Zachry.

The Reds made very few roster moves in ’75 and ’76, so the signatures of every player are obtainable and relatively affordable. There are only 37 players, 5 coaches and HOF manager Sparky Anderson to collect. All are still living except for pitcher Clay Kirby (d. 1991), infielder John Vukovich (d. 2007) and coach Ted Kluszewski (d.1988). While every team member was an important part of the Reds’ success, the Great Eight are the core of Big Red Machine autographs.

Johnny Bench:  Catcher, HOF 1989
The Great Eight won six of the 10 National League MVP awards handed out in the 1970s, and Johnny Bench was the first, winning in 1970 and ’72. Widely considered the greatest baseball catcher ever, Bench won the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 1968 and 14 All-Star selections and 10 Gold Glove Awards over his career. During spring training 1969, legendary slugger Ted Williams signed a baseball for Bench with the inscription, “To Johnny Bench, a sure Hall of Famer.” Twenty years later his prediction came true.

Johnny’s signing habits have always been hard to figure out. He’s a willing signer in person but not always congenial, and I long ago gave up mailing him after 20 years of trying. Johnny always signs nicely, and at a show several years ago he told me why. He was taught early on that if you’re going to sign an autograph, take your time and make it legible, because people want to be able to read it. He said he shares that philosophy with current players, but today’s generation mustn’t be listening. Bench signs at shows on a regular basis and through his Web site, www.JohnnyBench.com, where you can have your own items signed starting at $60. His book Catch Every Ball came out in 2008 and he still does occasional book signings. J.B. wasn’t the Reds’ only catcher for the World Championship teams. He had more than capable backups in Bill Plummer and Don Werner. They’re both still in baseball and they sign free by mail.

Tony Pérez:  First Base, HOF 2000
When the 1976 World Series ended, so did the Great Eights and a remarkable era in baseball. Sparky Anderson said of Tony Pérez, “He’s the best clutch hitter I’ve ever seen,” but Reds’ GM Bob Howsam traded Pérez to Montreal prior to the 1977 season. Howsam (d. 2008) underestimated Tony’s impact and the Big Red Machine started deteriorating once he was gone. I wrote Howsam several times asking about his thoughts on the trade, but he never answered the question. Pérez played 23 seasons in the majors, finishing his playing career back in Cincinnati from 1984-86. He then coached on Pete Rose’s staff, and for 44 games in 1993, he was the Reds’ manager. “Doggie” seemed destined to never get the respect he deserved, even after 7 All Star selections and 2,732 hits; but in 2000 he was inducted into the Baseball HOF with Sparky Anderson and Reds announcer Marty Brenneman.

The 67 year old Cuban native is now a special assistant for the Florida Marlins and very fan friendly in person. While I had several successes by mailing Tony when he joined the Marlins, he doesn’t often sign by mail these days. But Pérez, Dave Concepción and César Gerónimo are all represented by CEI Sports, who offers their autographs on their Web site at www.CEISports.com.

Joe Morgan:  Second Base, HOF 1990
What was the best trade in Reds history? Sending Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart to the Houston Astros before the 1972 season for future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, Jack Billingham, César Gerónimo, Ed Armbrister and Denis Menke. All but Menke played important roles in Reds World Championships. “Little Joe” had nine of his 10 All-Star honors in the’70s and he was the first second baseman in history to win back to back MVP honors in ’75 and ’76.
Morgan left the Reds after the 1979 season, but reunited with Pete Rose and Tony Pérez in 1983 with the Phillies. They almost recaptured the magic they had in Cincinnati—they lost the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles in 5 games. In the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, James names Morgan the best second baseman in history.

After finishing his playing career in 1984 Joe became a successful broadcaster, and will likely be enshrined in Cooperstown for that too. He’s a two-time Sports Emmy Award winner now and a color analyst for ESPN. With his busy broadcasting travel schedule and occasional signing appearances, autograph collectors all over the U.S. have the chance to meet Mr. Morgan.

Joe signs for free by mail, but only the 3×5 index card he provides, so don’t send anything. It’s a more than fair signing policy and a great way to add a Hall of Famer to your collection for two stamps. Joe’s new car dealership, Joe Morgan Honda, will open by fall just north of Cincinnati in Monroe, Ohio. In April he rejoined the Reds as a Special Advisor, so he should remain a very generous signer for years to come.

Pete Rose:  Third Base
Few players in the history of baseball have had the impact on the sport that Pete Rose has. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he’s one of the city’s most beloved personalities. His passion and commitment on the field earned him the nickname “Charlie Hustle” by Yankee HOFer Whitey Ford. He had a long and remarkable career, starting with N.L. Rookie of the Year honors in 1963 and finishing in 1986 with a career total of 4,256 hits baseball’s all-time Hit King. He squeezed in 17 All-Star games and holds more records and honors than any other player in MLB history.

Rose said more than once that “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball”— I believe him. Many focus on his acceptance of a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 for gambling, but I remember him for his accomplishments on the field. Pete has kept his sense of humor through it all, saying “I’m just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and four-thousand hits.” Pete may also hold the record as baseball’s top autograph signer. He didn’t invent signing for money, but he sure perfected it. His signature is consistently good and he puts a lot of thought into perfect placement. I asked him to sign a poster with his facsimile signature on it from 20 years ago and he took great pride in showing me how he could replicate the short circular signature almost perfectly. In January Pete signed six times free for my boys and me at an auto show he was appearing at, so keep an eye out for his promotional appearances. And for years Rose has been signing weekly at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas. But don’t even bother trying to get him by mail.

Dave Concepción:  Shortstop
From his first game in ’70 to his last game in ’88, Dave Concepción was one of baseball’s premier shortstops, playing his entire career for the Reds. Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium opened shortly after his debut, and he used the infield’s artificial turf to invent and perfect the one hop throw to first. In a 1976 clubhouse prank, Concepción climbed into a clothes dryer and rookie teammate Pat Zachry pushed the start button, sending the shortstop spinning. When a dizzy Concepcion emerged from the dryer the hair on his legs was burned.

The team had great chemistry, but Davey’s accomplishments were often overshadowed by Rose, Morgan and Pérez. He and Morgan were one of the finest all-around double play combos in history. Besides winning five Gold Glove Awards for his fielding, Concepción was an All-Star selection nine times from 1973-82, including ’75 and ’76. In 1982 he joined fellow Great Eighters Pérez (1967), Morgan (1972), Foster (1976) and Griffey (1980) as All-Star Game MVP award winners with his two-run homer in Montreal. Dave was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Reds retired his lucky No. 13 in 2007.

My first Reds autograph was from Davey. My ballpoint pen didn’t work, so my card is perfectly engraved with his signature but no ink. I still have it.

Concepción has resided in his native Venezuela since he hung up his spikes, so don’t expect  through the mail success with him. He makes few signing appearances in the U.S. and demand for his signature growing. He has a long, tight and complete signature with a long tail coming off of the “C” in Concepción. At his last signing he charged $30 for flats and $50 for premium items.

George Foster:  Left Field
George Foster was the most intimidating player I have ever seen. The greatest power hitter of the late ’70s, he had big sideburns and a glare that shot right through you. It wasn’t until I met him for the first time in 1990 that I realized how nice he was. After meeting him a few times I got up the nerve to tell him how intimidating he was to me as a child. He laughed and said in his high-pitched voice that he tried to deliver that persona on purpose so pitchers would be afraid of him.

Apparently it worked. In 1977 he hit a league leading 52 home runs with 149 RBIs on his way to winning the N.L. MVP Award. From 1971-81 he lent a helping bat to the dominance of the Big Red Machine after being acquired from the Giants in exchange for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert. He only had 40 home runs in his first six major league seasons, but by 1975 he found his swing and went on to have 10 seasons with 20 or more home runs each. In 1976 he earned his first of five All-Star selections, and in 1981 he won the Silver Slugger Award. George’s time in Cincy came to an end in 1982, when he joined N.L. rivals New York Mets as a free agent. He signed a five year $10 million contract, making him the first player in baseball to make $2 million a year.

Foster donates much of his time and earnings to supporting youth charities. I last saw George in April at a department store free signing and he still looks like he could play. Foster also signs for free at Redsfest, held every December. Foster signed baseballs are often available at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and your purchase will help support the institution.

César Gerónimo:  Center Field
César Gerónimo, “The Chief,” was the best defensive center field in the National League during the Big Red Machine era. He won the Gold Glove Award every year from ’74 to ’77, but he was the least known of the Great Eight. He joined the Reds as part of the 1972 Joe Morgan trade, and played for Cincinnati until he was traded to the Royals in 1980 for the often forgotten German Barranca. The Chief was a left hander signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Yankees, who hoped to make a pitcher out of the hard thrower.

Pitching didn’t work out, but centerfield did. César holds the distinction of being the 3,000th strike-out victim of both Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, later joking that “I was just in the right place at the right time.” Gerónimo was the last member of the Big Red Machine’s starting lineup to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2008. He was often overlooked by collectors during his playing days in favor of bigger names in the Reds lineup and now many collectors search hard for Gerónimo autographs.

César lives in the Dominican Republic and doesn’t make many U.S. appearances. He has a great elaborate signature with short looping stokes. If there is one living member of the Big Red Machine that is under-collected and will have increasing future, it’s César Gerónimo.

Ken Griffey:  Right Field
Before Ken Griffey Sr. became the father of future Hall of Fame son Junior, he was simply Ken Griffey. A fast young man out of Donora, Penn., he debuted for the Reds in August of 1973. He had a break-out year in 1975 batting .305, and in ’76 he hit .336, losing the batting title to Bill Madlock the last day of the season. Many baseball purists were disappointed with Griffey’s decision to sit out the last day of the season in hope of securing the batting title. The maneuver backfired—Madlock went 4 for 4 and when Griffey heard the news he entered the game only to go 0 for 2, securing a second place finish.He became a three time All-Star but was traded to the Yankees after the 1981 season. He returned to Cincinnati in 1998 and stayed until he was released in August 1990. The Reds went on to win the World Series over Oakland and Griffey went to Seattle to finish his career playing in the outfield with his son Ken Griffey Jr. On September 14, 1990 they became the only father-son combo to hit back to back home runs in major league history. Junior watched from the on deck circle as his Dad homered and crossed home plate exclaiming, “That’s how you do it son!” Junior reciprocated with a homer of his own and couldn’t wait to get to the dugout to fire back, “That’s how you do it Dad!”

After serving many seasons with the Reds in different capacities, the elder Griffey joined Cincinnati’s Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons as the hitting coach in 2010. Now living in Winter Garden, Fla., Griffey is a willing but cautious in person signer, but I’ve never had success with him by mail. If you’re looking for Big Red Machine outfielders who sign through the mail try Merv Rettenmund and Terry Crowley.

Not to be Forgotten
The Reds were more than eight great players, they were a great team. Shortstop Darrel Chaney, one of my favorites, wrote me a compassionate letter once reminding me of that. Pitchers get overlooked the most. Cincinnati had great offense and defense, but pitching wins championships. Clay Carroll, Don Gullett, Jack Billingham and Gary Nolan are all excellent pitchers and all four are members of the Reds Hall of Fame. They’re some of the nicest players I’ve met, and they all sign through the mail. A truly complete Big Red Machine collection will even include the likes of equipment manager Bernie Stowe, bat boy Mark Stowe and trainer Larry Starr, all who sign for free.

Team Signed Items
The largest Big Red Machine reunion took place in 1996. Almost every player, coach and even the manager appeared at the Cincinnati Convention Center. The most difficult of the living players to obtain, Manny Sarmiento, didn’t attend. He’s needed to complete nearly every team signed display, but he lives in his native Venezuela where legal issues reportedly prevent him from traveling to the U.S.

The reunion placed quality team signed items in the market and demand continues to grow for the signatures. A Super Ticket for a signature of everyone in attendance cost $249 in 1996. The same ticket would be well over $1,000 today. A team signed poster from the 1976 team runs almost $1,500 now and a team signed bat is worth around $2,000. It’s sad to think about, but when one of the Great Eight passes away, demand and prices will skyrocket. Many prices are down with the economy right now, making it the ideal time to buy quality pieces. But be careful—Pete Rose and the HOFers forger favorites.

While the 1975 and 1976 Reds place in history may be debatable, their collectability is not. Retrospect will shine a bright light on the team and their signatures. Autographs are a way that fans to link to the past. We can touch what they touched and see how they expressed themselves through their writing.

The hitters and pitchers were great, but the Sharpie is now the vehicle of the Big Red Signing Machine.