In-Person Autograph Collecting


In-Person Autograph Collecting

Share your in-person collecting anecdotes here. And the image to the left? Event flier signed by Clive James

Location: New York City
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On November 11, 2001 coworkers and I were assigned to capture an evening discussion at the 92nd St. Y. The focus of the discussion was on biological weapons and warfare. I think they scared the audience.

The panel included:

  • William Broad, now former Senior Science writer for the New York Times
  • Steve Engelberg, who at the time was Senior Investigative Foreign News editor of the NYT
  • Judith Miller, former Senior writer with the NYT
  • Jerome Hauer, former Director of New York’s Office of Emergency Management.
  • and Robert Krulwich, special correspondent with ABC News at the time, and the moderator

Broad, Engelberg and Miller are authors of the book, Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War. And because Krulwich left his two pages of notes behind, I grabbed them.

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Comment by Michael Ragsdale on Wednesday

In April 1999 at Columbia University Medical Center author Mary Gordon gave the 1999 Humanities and Medicine Lecture. Before it began, I got her to sign an official event flier.


Gordon is a Professor in English and Writing at Barnard College and the author of seven bestselling novels. She has also published two collections of stories, a book of essays, two memoirs, a biography of “Joan of Arc” and “Reading Jesus, a writer's encounter with the Gospels.”


Her latest books are “The Liar's Wife” a collection of novellas, “There Your Heart Lies: A Novel” and "Payback." She is a prolific writer.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on Tuesday

In the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City

Held in observance of its 15th year of existence, FAIR brought Noam Chomsky to speak about the response of the United States to the terrorist attacks.

Those who spoke before Chomsky were:


•         Jeff Cohen, the founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

•          journalist Laura Flanders, who at the time was with Working Assets Radio

•         human rights activist Phil Donahue

•         and Janine Jackson, program director at FAIR who introduced Chomsky.

 Chomsky spoke on how the media has handled the story of the war on terrorism and its foreign policy. This event took place at the Town Hall on January 22, 2002.

And I got a few autographs.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 21, 2021 at 10:56am

In commemoration of Black History Month.

Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965. So it would be a good time to visit The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, a memorial to Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz located at the corner of Broadway and West 165th Street in Washington Heights.

But it’s Sunday and most likely closed. So here is a picture of a statue of Malcolm X leading to the entrance of the ballroom.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 21, 2021 at 10:23am

Cindy Sheehan came to New York City to drum up opposition to the Iraq Occupation. Known as the antiwar Iraq war mom she became an activist after the death of her son in the Iraq War. U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action. I remember when she gained national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch.  

I saw her at the Chow Bar in the West Village in March 2009.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 19, 2021 at 3:06pm

One of my earliest event video assignments for C-SPAN was when coworkers and I covered William F. Buckley at a book talk of his at the Women's National Republican Club. It is located at Rockefeller Center. At it he spoke about his book, "Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith."

Found online: “Buckley, thought to be "the father of conservatism," was a public intellectual and conservative author and commentator. In 1955 Buckley founded National Review, a magazine that stimulated the conservative movement in the late-20th century United States. He hosted 1,429 episodes of the public affairs television show Firing Line (1966-1999), the longest-running public affairs show in US television history with a single host.”

Guessing what Buckley would think of today’s Republican Party. “He’d denounce it’s takeover by Trump.”

I secured his autograph on a press release from the WNRC and three more times - at book talks he attended by Virginia Postrel and Michael Gazzaniga with Tom Wolfe.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 19, 2021 at 7:22am

I got to meet a prominent black poet many years ago. His name was Amiri Baraka. At the occasion, he read from his collection of poetry titled, the Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader. It took place in March 2000 in the former event space called The Unity Center at the headquarters of the Communist Party USA. His first book, Blues People: The Negro Experience in White America and the Music That Developed from it was published in 1963.

Found online: Some compare his writing to James Baldwin and recognize him as one of the most respected and most widely published black writers of his generation. He wrote about poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism and was the author of numerous books of poetry. Amiri died in 2014.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 19, 2021 at 7:19am

In commemoration of Black History Month.

Carl McCall was a former New York State Senator, a Democratic candidate for Governor of New York in 2002 and the first African-American to be elected New York State Comptroller. From October 2011 to June 2019, McCall served as chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

 I meet him a secured his autograph in July 2002 at an event sponsored by the Association for a Better New York. I spotted him in the audience.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 17, 2021 at 8:18pm

In commemoration of Black History Month.

Lenora Fulani is one of the founders of the Independence Party of New York. I got to meet her at two Independent Party events: one in August 2001; the other at a National Conference of Independents in February 2013. I was a member of the video crews that covered them.

Lenora Fulani is also known for her presidential campaigns. In the 1988 U.S. presidential election heading the New Alliance Party ticket, she became the first woman and the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states. She received more votes for president in a U.S. general election than any other woman until Jill Stein of the Green Party of the United States in 2012. Fulani's political concerns include racial equality, gay rights, and political reform, specifically to encourage third parties.

Shown is one of two programs she autographed for me, with others of the Independent Party of New York.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 14, 2021 at 8:56am

In commemoration of Black History Month.

From November 1999 to March 2000, I was assigned to videotape a six-month-long lecture series on “Jazz and the American Culture” for the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.

One evening in March, the special guests were choreographer Cholly Atkins and dancer Marion Coles.

Atkins was a dancer who directed, staged, and choreographed acts for Motown artists such as the Cadillacs, Shirelles, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the O'Jays, Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and the Supremes. Wow.

During his remarks, he spoke about when he came up with the "Stop! In the Name of Love" move for the Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross trio: the point where they would plant their feet and defiantly thrust their arms forward.

Marion Coles was a tap dancer who spoke about her early years as a member of the famous Apollo #1 Chorus Line. She was also a founding member of the Silver Belles. And at 85 years of age, she tap-danced for the audience.

It was quite a lecture series to witness... and videotape.

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on February 8, 2021 at 6:49am

In commemoration of Black History Month.

Trivia time. Who was the first and only African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize? The answer: Wangari Maathai from Nairobi, Kenya. She was awarded it in 2004.

Now deceased, she was also the founder of The Greenbelt Movement. Find out about it here:

She also wrote four books and was the subject of a documentary titled, "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai."

I got to meet her at a March 2005 appearance of hers in front of a huge crowd at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. The title of her lecture was, 'The Future of the Planet is in Your Hands.' So true.

I also spotted her and got her autograph at the second Clinton Global Initiative in 2006.


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