In the 1990's, I walked into a thrift shop and walked out with some old typewriter. At the time, I was fascinated by writers like PJ O' Rourke and Hunter Thompson, and the organic nature of writing appealed to me. I also understood that Thompson especially, used a typewriter right up until he typed the word "counselor" on a single page before making a self-inflicted exit.
About that time I picked up Don Novello's "Lazlo letters" a compendium of letter written to all sections of life, Hollywood, Politics and Power.
I decided. I'd do just that myself, and not live vicariously through the work of others.
I managed to garner responses from many areas; the Texas Rangers, who responded to my query about Nolan Ryan's hat being messed up in a bench-clearing brawl. The San Diego Zoo denied my request to "rent a Bengal Tiger."
William F. Buckley Jr. actually write me back a hand-written note. So Did Charles Manson--sort of--he scribbled a bunch of lines on the back of a contraband slip, and had a friend write me in his stead.
Then one day, I decided to take my missive foolishness to Calcutta, and write Mother Teresa. Foolish idiot that I was. After I received the signed (and personalized) prayer, I felt bad for my satirical take. I never really expected to receive any mail back.
The rest is history. This is perhaps the only autograph I own of any exceptional value. I have the distinct hope of possibly translating this into an altogether different acquisition.