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When You Should NOT Ask for Autographs -- M. Night Edition

As a movie critic, I often have the opportunity to interview actors and directors. And sometimes, after the interview, I'll ask them to sign a DVD of a favorite film of mine.

I've gone to other events, where it's not appropriate to ask for autographs, so I don't. The one time this really hurt was when I was doing sports for a radio station, and had a press pass to the first "dream team" when NBA players were first allowed into the Olympics. I interviewed most of them. The players had…

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Added by Josh Board on August 27, 2022 at 10:51pm — 4 Comments

Meeting Olvia Newton-John

I wrote a story about meeting Olivia Newton-John for one of my local newspapers. But, I left out the part about me getting her to sign my Xanadu album (which she signed upside down, and apologized for). I didn't want it to come across like I was a big autograph hound or something.

And when I talked to the cast of Grease, I had them all sign a "Grease" soundtrack album that I had bought already signed by Olivia and Travolta.

So, here's the story (and I'm sticking to…

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Added by Josh Board on August 12, 2022 at 6:18pm — 6 Comments

Tom Brady and Autograph

I was surprised to see in one of my movie magazines, an interview with Tom Brady. Apparently he has a few movie projects and was talking about them. I was surprised when I read this. He is starting a company called "Autograph" and he hired more than 100 employees for that company. I have to admit, reading that made me think -- what will this company Autograph do? Is he going to sign footballs, 8x10s, ticket stubs, or items fans send in? The possibilities were endless. I figured with that…

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Added by Josh Board on July 20, 2022 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

Beatles Autographs -- The Best and The Worst

I am going to give you the best Beatles autograph story ever, and one of the worst. First, I’ll start with the best. Years ago, I met a guy at a party at a fancy mansion in L.A. He was one of those old dudes, that had all white hair, in a long ponytail. You know the type. But he was really interesting, and a great storyteller. And he was the kind of storyteller where you believed what he was saying, because the stories weren’t over-the-top. We talked for a…

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Added by Josh Board on March 23, 2022 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Jeopardy! question about an Autograph

There's nothing worse then coming home from having a cigar with my buddies, and listening to my wife complain that I smell like smoke. I'm told to take my clothes off and...throw them in the backyard and light them on fire because they stink. I feel like Sissy Spacek in Silkwood, being checked for radiation poisoning and being banished to the shower.

What makes it worse is when she has the show Jeopardy! on. That's because she knows about 80% of the answers. I know about 10%. Even…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2022 at 8:08pm — 5 Comments

Kanye West -- Things go South with Autograph Collector

TMZ reported tonight that an autograph seeker kept asking Kanye (or "Ye" as his friends call him) for his autograph. West punch the man twice, and he hit the ground. Cameras were only turned on once the guy was on the ground, so no word on if he was flopping, or he really got knocked down. Either way, cops were called.

And, this guy (who was probably an autograph dealer, not a fan), is probably now looking at a big payday.

Added by Josh Board on January 13, 2022 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Keanu Reeves tells Stephen Colbert He Asked Celebs For Autographs

This was taken from People.com.

It's a great read.

You're never too famous to fanboy out over your idols — just ask Keanu Reeves.

The Matrix Resurrections star participated in a fun round of "The…

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Added by Josh Board on January 13, 2022 at 7:54pm — 3 Comments

Home Alone Autograph -- leads to strangulation !

It was all over the news that an actor in the movie Home Alone (I believe he played the brother), was arrested for strangling and hitting his girlfriend. Of course, alcohol was involved (he had consumed a bottle of wine and 10 shots). But what most people don't know was involved was -- an autograph!

Two women had approached him at the bar asking for his autograph. The girlfriend had the signatures in her purse (I think on 8x10 photos, but I'm not positive). She gave one away, and that…

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Added by Josh Board on December 23, 2021 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Paul McCartney will NO LONGER sign autographs

Someone sent me a story on it. He went on and on about how he looks miserable in selfies people take, and doesn't understand why his name on a piece of paper is important, as "you know who I am, I know who I am."  (Kenny Rodgers used to say the same thing).

I remember about 15 years ago, Paul refusing to take photos with people, so...he's had that stance for awhile.

Added by Josh Board on October 26, 2021 at 6:49am — 12 Comments

The Greatest Autograph Collection Ever

There’s a popular story where music journalist Jon Landau saw Bruce Springsteen perform before his first album was released and wrote, “I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

I’ve seen the most impressive autograph collector in the world, and...his name is Steven. …

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Added by Josh Board on September 8, 2021 at 9:48pm — 8 Comments

Elvis Guitar For Sale

Remember in the end of “The Sting” how Robert Redford is going to be paid for the big sting they just did, and with a sly smile on his face he refuses the money saying, “Nah, I’ll just blow it anyway.”

I’d be the same way if I won a million dollars, because...I’d immediately bid on this item for Kruse GWS Auctions. It’s a flaming red Hagstrom Viking II guitar. It’s the same axe that Elvis Presley played during his…

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Added by Josh Board on March 14, 2021 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

The Legalities of Certain Autographs -- MLK Jr Edition

There’s something I’ve often wondered about when it comes to buying autographs. The idea that they may have come in a way that is illegal. Let me explain. When I was around 20, I was looking at buying a contract that a famous actor had signed. It ended up being a bit out of my price range, but...I noticed it had their address, social security number, and other info that I’m sure the star wouldn’t want out there.…

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Added by Josh Board on February 19, 2021 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

Wacky Autograph Inscriptions (or Ted Cruz Part II)

As a longtime autograph collector, and someone who has written for Autograph Magazine for years, I was fascinated by the story by the HuffPost regarding the fight between The Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes and Senator Ted Cruz. In short, after…

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Added by Josh Board on February 9, 2021 at 10:46pm — 6 Comments

Ted Cruz vs Cary Elwes -- an INCONCEIVABLE FIGHT

The Huffpost did a great story, involving one of the best movies ever made (The Princess Bride) and a Senator that...isn't as loved. Read it here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-cary-elwes-princess-bride_n_601c1dbcc5b67cdd1a762360?fbclid=IwAR0GZBSJomaHBWloGpLQJDK36FysZyWNEZFStFr4XzLU0vLGP124pChFk7M

Added by Josh Board on February 4, 2021 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Meeting Elliott Gould and Hal Holbrook (RIP)

When I heard the news that actor Hal Holbrook died at 95, I mentioned it to my wife in the kitchen. She had her usual line when someone old dies, "I thought he had already died." Perhaps she was thinking of his wife of 25 years, actress Dixie Carter, who died 10 years ago.
The first time I saw him was in CAPRICORN ONE. I was…
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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2021 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

Mr. Rogers Autographs

I got a few nice messages from a few people here, saying they missed my blogs. So, I'll try to occasionally throw some more on here.

I was never a fan of the Mr. Rogers show. I was a little kid when it first aired, and...I guess I was more of a Sesame Street and Electric Company kid. I didn't like his voice, or his puppets. That doesn't mean, as an adult, I didn't like what he did for all the other kids that watched his show.

I have to admit, my favorite thing were -- the…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2021 at 9:19am — 4 Comments

Mr. Rogers Autographs

I got a few nice messages from a few people here, saying they missed my blogs. So, I'll try to occasionally throw some more on here.

I was never a fan of the Mr. Rogers show. I was a little kid when it first aired, and...I guess I was more of a Sesame Street and Electric Company kid. I didn't like his voice, or his puppets. That doesn't mean, as an adult, I didn't like what he did for all the other kids that watched his show.

I have to admit, my favorite thing were -- the…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2021 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Sean Connery -- RIP

Here's a link to my story on Sean Connery.

I do mention autographs, but...only briefly (as I never met him).

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/sean-connery-an-extraordinary-gentleman-and-actor/

Added by Josh Board on October 31, 2020 at 10:44am — 6 Comments

Macabre Michael Jackson Item For Sale

Usually when there’s controversial stuff sold at auction, it involves Nazi memorabilia. Well, this one kind of went under the radar without much backlash. Michael Jackson’s cousin is auctioning off something rather odd. She has the last IV drip Jackson used, and the one that supposedly delivered the fatal dose of Propofol. This will include the bag and tubing used to administer the fatal dose, and here’s the “good” news -- it even has bloodstains from the…

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Added by Josh Board on October 1, 2020 at 9:38am — No Comments

What Do Michael Jordan and Michael Schenker Have in Common?

Stuntmen have all the luck. Okay, wait. Scratch that. I just remember a book about Hollywood I read once (You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again), the first female film producer in Hollywood talked about a stuntman on the set of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, driving 50 feet off a cliff and having his leg snap. He insisted they not call an ambulance, because stuntmen that “complained” didn’t get work. So, aside from the injuries and death involved,…

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Added by Josh Board on September 19, 2020 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

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