My wife said I needed help. I think she’s considering having an intervention for me. You see, she witnesses the autographed CDs that arrive in the mail. She thinks I have a problem and I need help. I try to explain...I’m a functioning autograph collector. I can buy autographed CDs and still make a car and house payment. In fact, it would be foolish NOT to buy an autographed CD by artists that sell them. They’re usually the same price.…Continue
As a kid, I loved watching the San Diego Chargers. When my stepbrother got a job working at their practice facility, he got me Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts’ autograph. I would end up meeting him years later, at various functions, and he was always nice to the fans.
Nobody knows the name Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., but if you know music (and have good taste in music), you surely know the name Dr. John. He was more than just the hit “Right Place, Wrong Time.”
The first time I ever saw him was in the early ‘90s as part of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. He was relegated to just a few of his songs, but it was great. Since that time, I had seen him live three times. He always put on…Continue
Tom Seaver yelled at me. I don’t hold it against him though. I thought about that when I read a story about how he wasn’t going to make public appearances anymore, but just spend time on his vineyard in California.
He’s 74, and his family has asked for privacy for the 3 time Cy Young winner. Seaver struck out almost 4,000 batters and had a lifetime ERA of 2.86, which is incredible. He was the Rookie of the Year,…Continue
I never met Tim Conway or got his autograph, but I had a number of times I could have. A guy I played racquetball with for 15 years, was a big deal at the Del Mar racetrack. He’s sit in the exclusive “turf club” where a number of famous people were. Since I didn’t bet on the ponies, I rarely went with him. But every time I did, I’d witness an autograph incident. One time it was celebrity couple Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) and Mel Brooks. I watched as someone…Continue
Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” actor who played Chewbacca, has died at 74. He got his start in movies in "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger," which when I saw as a kid, blew me away with the special effects (if you watch it now, it will feel very, very dated). For the first "Star Wars" (he did 5 of the Star Wars films), it was actually…Continue
I sometimes imagine I’ll be driving by and see an estate sale, with a sign that says “autographed items” and I stop and get a great deal on something. What keeps that dream alive is hearing stories like this. A woman in Maryland bought a used piano at an estate sale from a woman that died in 1969 -- the year of my birth. When…Continue
There’s an incredibly fun and interesting convention for movie theatre owners called CinemaCon. It used to be called ShoWest, and it takes place for a week each year in Las Vegas.
As much as I love having actors sign my favorite DVDs, at events like this I don’t usually get autographs. It’s not very professional, and I’m there to do a job (in fact, the long story I wrote about the convention can be found…Continue
I know that the autograph scene in this funny bit isn't the main thing, but for us collectors, it adds a bit of fun. Watch this funny skit that "Funny or Die" has done:…Continue
Everyone is talking about actresses Felicity Huffman (and her husband William H. Macy) and Lori Loughlin getting caught up in this scandal where they paid off people to take the SAT for their kids, to help them get into college. Well, Loughlin did something that a lot of you would love, but most people hated. She signed autographs outside of court last week. It was probably bad form. Especially since Huffman has said she’s guilty and sorry. Loughlin seems…Continue
I was watching Danny DeVito on The Talk today (can somebody explain to me why these talk shows with all women are so popular? Both "The Talk" and "The View" are just awful). Anyway, his new movie "Dumbo" looks great. And, he was in my favorite sitcom of all-time -- Taxi. He started talking about the show and he said how he had a lot of stuff around him that a…Continue
Most younger folks (those under 40) probably only know Dick Dale from his great tune “Misirlou” being used to start Pulp Fiction off; or, they know the song that samples it by the Black Eyed Peas (in a concert I saw once, Dale said that Black Eyed Peas song made him enough money to buy a room edition on his home).
Those of us old fogies, or guitar lovers, know Dale as the “King of the Surf Guitar.” I was saddened…Continue
Val Kilmer is an amazing talent. The stories of his early days are legendary. He was the youngest actor to ever get into Juilliard acting program. He was offered lots of film roles while he was there, and did stage work before hitting the big screen.
It’s hard to pick your favorite role of his, because so many were great. Here in San Diego, most locals would pick his Ice Man character in “Top Gun” since it was…Continue
I thought I’d combine a handful of different things that are going on. The first, is what I heard about on a sports radio show. For a few days, they were talking about “cameos.” Now, as a movie critic, I think of a cameo as the point in a movie where a famous person comes on screen for only one scene. Well apparently, there’s a website (cameo.com) where you can pay to have famous people say a message to you, or for a friend/family member, for that special…Continue
Added by Josh Board on March 12, 2019 at 3:24pm — No Comments
President Trump toured the area where a tornado killed over 20 people in Alabama. And, one of those bizarre autograph stories happened. Now, the last time I wrote about a weird autograph story involving Trump, it was when he held the photos up of folks that were killed by illegal immigrants. After he was done speaking, and holding up those huge photos, he autographed them and gave them to the family members. Now, it’s one thing if the family asked him to sign…Continue
I just read in the paper this morning that Guy Webster died. Most of you won’t know that name. He was a great rock photographer. He did The Doors first album. He did the photo of the Mamas & Papas that has them all in the bathtub (he said they were all so stoned, it was even hard to do that). Dunhill record label producer…Continue
Watching the Oscars, I was thrilled to see that “Green Book” won for “best picture” and that it grabbed the gold for the “best screenplay” and “best supporting actor.” All well-deserved, although I’d say Viggo should’ve won over Rami Malek wearing a fake mustache to play Freddie Mercury. That’s an argument for another day, though.…Continue
I was shocked (and disappointed) to hear the NFL settled with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He sued the league for collusion, claiming they conspired to keep him out for kneeling during the National Anthem. I think it was a mix of him not being a very good quarterback anymore, and the bad press a team would get from…Continue
Added by Josh Board on February 19, 2019 at 11:14pm — No Comments
My incident with Ryan Adams isn’t as crazy as the recent ones that are popping up, but...I figured I’d share it anyway. Often times, a celebrity dies and THEN I share my story of meeting them. Since Adams is in the news, I figured I’d tell my story.
I wasn’t much of a fan of his first band “Whiskeytown” but I loved his first solo albums after that (Gold, Heartbreaker), and I kind of dug his band The…Continue