Most of us remember the Saturday Night Live bit that had William Shatner at a Star Trek convention. He’s answering bizarre, detailed questions about the show that he’d have no way of possibly knowing the answer to. They were such detailed things about a specific aspect of a certain episode, he finally, in exasperation, shouts “Get a life!”…Continue
Cohen is probably best known to people for the character Borat he played, in a…Continue
Everywhere I’ve ever lived, my places have pens in every room, and piles of magazines. The reason is this. As a writer and journalist, I sometimes have an idea and I’m in one room, and wish I had a pen nearby. Or, you may be on the phone and somebody says something you need to write…Continue
Tab Hunter died just a few days shy of his 87th birthday. I didn’t really want to write a blog about him, for a few reasons. First, anybody under the age of 55 probably doesn’t know who he is. Second, my interaction with him didn’t go so well.
In 1955 he starred in “Battle Cry” and the following year it was “The Burning Hills.” He found bigger success in the 1958 music “Damn Yankees.” He also had a hit single in…Continue
Aside from the "is it real?" questions we have about some auctions, I have a different question. Does it make it even worth buying the item if there's a high price to pay in addition to what the item ends up costing you? For example, I LOVE the items RR Auctions gets. Years ago, I purchased so many things from them. But that 22% premium you pay on top of it, is a bit high, don't you think? If I buy an item for $500...that means I'm paying over $100 in edition to that, and then more money on…Continue
I thought I’d write a blog about autographs I didn’t get. What I mean by that is, people I could’ve gotten, but just didn’t want to. Now, I’ve had my share of ones I didn’t get because I dropped the ball. Three musicians come to mind.…Continue
I was talking to rapper Ice Cube one time, and told him I thought about bringing an empty ice cube tray to have him autograph. He looked at me like I was nuts, but hey...I think sometimes things like that are more interesting. Wouldn’t it be cool to have Willie Nelson’s autograph on a package of rolling papers? Anyway, I asked Ice (that’s what his friends call him) what the weirdest thing was he’s ever signed. He got this big grin and said,…Continue
I was tempted to blog about the autograph Paul McCartney signed on the famous “Carpool Karaoke” segment on James Corden’s Late Night show. They drove down Penny Lane, while singing along to Penny Lane on the radio. When taking a selfie at the wall with the street sign “Penny Lane” he autographed it. I wonder if somebody will tear down that wall to get to that signature on a brick [fun fact: when I took the Beatles tour in Liverpool, they said they stopped…Continue
I find this story interesting for two reasons, One, it involves an incredible collectable. A signed letter from Neil Armstrong along with a vial of moondust. Two, it involves a proactive lawsuit, which I never understand. The last time there was one of those, I think it involved Robin Thicke (being thick) proactively suing the estate of Marvin Gaye so they couldn’t claim his song “Blurred Lines” was a rip off of “Gotta Give it Up” (it didn’t work, as the Gaye…Continue
This might be the dumbest blog I ever write. It might also be one of the shortest. But...you know how people say that you start to look like your pet dog? And usually those stories have photos of people with their dogs, and you laugh endlessly.Continue
May turned out to be a very good month for adding some autographs.
First up, Michael Keaton came to town to speak at my alma mater, Kent State. We got him coming off the plane and he was very nice. However, he did refuse to sign anything Batman, Spiderman or any action figures. He passed me over a couple of times, I then pulled out "Birdman" and he passed that over a couple of times. I was right in front of him and said "Michael, you should have won the Oscar for this role." He…Continue
My favorite “Wizard of Oz” autograph story involves a reader of Autograph, but I can’t remember his name. When our magazine was actually at newsstands, I met with Steve Cyrkin one day, when he had a booth set up to get subscribers at one of those autograph shows at the…Continue
Elvis Presley’s first Las Vegas contract is up for auction. I thought about blogging that story, but I’m so burned out on Elvis items. Instead, as a movie critic, I thought I’d do a couple movie related things.Continue
I almost wrote a blog today about baseball cards, after hearing that a Derek Jeter rookie card went for $93,000 on ebay. I think it’s the most for a modern day baseball card. I remember a Lebron James rookie card went for $312,000. It had part of the NBA logo patch from his…Continue
I loved the first Deadpool movie, and the second one is just as funny. I thought I’d share with you a scene that involves an autograph. At one point, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is thrown through a window after an explosion. A child is eating Wheaties at the table, and as he…Continue
I just spent an hour writing a blog, and it somehow disappeared. I figured I wouldn’t re-write it, but it’s such a funny story, I wanted to share it. So I’m going to rewrite the blog, but I’m typing fast, and I’m not going to go back and reread this for spelling errors or anything.…Continue
I'm fortunate to live between two major Halls of Fame. This year, the Rock Hall Inductions were held in Cleveland and will alternate between New York every other year. I feel that they should be in Cleveland every year, but I guess we will take what we can get.
Although this years class wasn't as good as the '15 class when they were last held in Cleveland, but I figured I would try and add to the collection.
I heard that the Cars came in town early to rehearse for their…Continue
When I started working my first radio job, I was still going to college. Since I was majoring in journalism, I was thrilled that I got so lucky. I had been writing jokes for a morning show, without being paid, and was able to parlay that into being the producer and head writer for that morning show. That eventually lead to me being a co-host of the morning show and doing other things at the radio station. Obviously, working at a popular radio station helps…Continue
I was trying to decide what to blog about today. I had heard that Zsa Zsa Gabor had a huge auction going on. That wacky guy she was married to was selling off a lot of her stuff. Yet I don’t think there’s enough interesting in her. The late actress hasn’t been relevant in decades. And the…Continue
Everyone knows R. Lee Ermey, even if you don’t recognize that name. He first came onto my radar when I was in high school and “Full Metal Jacket” came out. He was the intimidating drill sergeant in everyone’s face. He was in the “Toy Story” movies and about 75 other films. It was…Continue