By Jay R. Neill
The January Kid’s Corner talked about getting autographs from Presidents, Astronauts and Inventors. Here are some tips for through the mail signing, and addresses to get you started!
1. Get the Right Supplies. Use a 6×9 and 9×12 envelope. The 6×9 envelope is addressed to the celebrity. Inside this envelope will go your hand-written letter and the folded 9×12 envelope (your SASE). Including an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) greatly increases the likelihood of receiving a response. Use Forever stamps, so you don’t have to worry that postage rates will go up before the celebrity responds. The 9×12 envelope size is important because many celebrities send back 8×10 photos. Write “Please Do Not Bend” on the front and back.
2. Make your letter stand out. For example, if you are writing an actor from the Spiderman films, apply stickers of their character. Draw a picture to include with your letter. Sometimes, the celebrity will even sign your drawing and send it back to you! In your letter, explain why you’d like the person’s autograph.
3. Get the right address. There are a whole bunch of accurate addresses right on the sheet in your hands. But there are other places to get addresses, too. Autograph Magazine features 300 celebrity addresses every month, and both students and teachers get a special education discount.
4. Include the item you want signed. Not every celebrity keeps a stack of 8×10’s at the ready, so include an item you’d like to have signed, whether it’s a print out from the Internet, a book, trading card, or CD cover. Most importantly, never send something you wouldn’t want to lose if your item never does make it to the celebrity.
5. Stay organized! Keep a journal of your requests, noting the address you used and the date you sent the letter. Besides the fun of seeing how long it takes to get a return, this way you can keep from contacting the same celebrity twice.
Scott Altman, Mail Code CB, Johnson Space Cntr., Houston, TX 77058
Guion Bluford, P.O. Box 549, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Tracy Caldwell, Johnson Space Center, 2101 Nasa Rd., Houston, TX 77058
Gerald P. Carr, 49 Maple St. Apt 123, Manchester Ctr, VT 05255
Gene Cernan, P.O. Box 19809, Houston, TX 77224
Michael Coats, 3203 Acron Wood Way, Houston, TX 77059
Robert L. Crippen, 781 Harbour Isle Pl., West Palm Beach, FL 33410
Anthony England, 7949 Ridgeway Ct., Dexter, MI 48130
John Fabian, 100 Shine Rd Port, Ludlow, WA 98365
John Glenn, 300 Page Hall, 1810 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Fred W. Haise, Jr., P.O. Box 5765, Passadena, TX 77508
Eugene F. Kranz, 1108 Shady Oak Ln., Dickinson, TX 77539
Jack Lousma, 2722 Roseland Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Sally Ride, 9191 Towne Centre Drive, Suite L101, San Diego, CA 92122
Earl Bakken, c/o Medtronic Inc, P.O. Box 384360, Waikoloa, HI 96738
Paul Baran, c/o GoBackTV, 937 Hamilton Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C, MIT, 32 Vassar St., Bldg. 32-G515, Cambridge, MA 02139
Vinton G Cerf, Google Inc., Ste. 400, 1818 Library Street, Reston, VA 20190
Martin Cooper, Dyna, Llc., 100 Via De La Valle, Ste. 200, Del Mar, CA 92014
Harry Coover, 1335 Linville St., Kingsport TN 37660
Ray M. Dolby, c/o Dolby Labs, 100 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94103
John Douglas, PO Box 1910, Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Arthur L. Fry, 2270 Valley View AVE E, Saint Paul, MN 55119
Wilson Greatbatch, 10000 Wehrle Dr., Clarence, NY 14031
Henry Heimlich, Deaconess Foundation, 311 Straight Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Leroy Hood, Inst. For Systems Biology, 1441 North 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Robert E. Kahn, CNRI, 1895 Preston White Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
John F Nash, Jr., Fine Hall — Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544
James T. Russell, 14589 51st Street, Bellevue, WA 98006
Charles H. Townes, University of California, Department of Physics, 366 LeConte Hall – 7300, Berkeley, CA 94720
Donald Wetzel, 5706 Trail Meadow Drive, Dallas, TX 75230
George Bush, 10000 Memorial Drive, Suite 900, Houston TX 77024
George W. Bush, Office Of George W. Bush, P.O. Box 259000, Dallas, TX 75225
Jimmy Carter, 1 Woodland Drive, Plains, GA 31780
Bill Clinton, 55 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500