Some autographs in my collection
I collected autographs and manuscripts beginning in 1980 when I was 12. Mostly I would write to famous people and ask for a signed photograph or a response to a question. I also bought an old collection of sports and movie star autographs from the early 1930's in about 1983 at an antique shop in Michigan . Here are a few to share:
Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds
Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid camera
George Lucas, director of Star Wars
George Burns, actor
Art Scholl, stunt pilot, died during filming of Top Gun
John Huston, Director, Maltese Falcon, The African Queen
Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut, Space Shuttle Challenger
Gilda Radner, Comedienne, original cast of Saturday Night Live
Paul "Bear" Bryant, U of Alabama football coach
Johnny Marks, Composer, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Max Schmeling, Boxer
Luciano Pavarotti, Opera Singer
Mickey Cochrane, Baseball Hall of Fame (from my antique store find). Also has a Detroit Baseball Co. envelope.
George Simenon, French mystery writer
Pappy Boyington, WWII Ace, Flying Tigers, Commander Baa Baa Black Sheep
Betty Davis, actress
Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes--Chemistry and Peace
Lawrence Olivier, Actor (facsimile signed photo from the antique shop. I mailed to him for an authentic signature)
Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under President Kennedy
Jack Nicklaus, golfer
Edward Teller, inventor of the hydrogen bomb
Mother Teresa, saint (what else can I say?
Chuck Yeager, pilot
Jimmy stewart, actor
Robert Ripley, Believe it or Not (from my antique store find).
Hank Ketcham, cartoonist, Dennis the Menace
Walter Kent, composer, "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Prince Ranier of Monaco, Prince of Monaco, husband of Grace Kelly
James Leavelle, Dallas Police detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when shot by Jack Ruby
Muhammad Ali, boxer
Charles Addams, cartoonist, The New Yorker, Addams Family
Mel Blanc, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck
John Denver, county music singer
Jimmy Connors, tennis champion
Walter Cronkite, journalist, newscaster
Marlene Dietrich, actress
Rock Hudson, actor
Sam Ervin, U.S. Senator from NC, lead in Watergate hearings
Philip Johnson, architect
Walter Lantz, cartoonist, Woody Woodpecker
Glad to post more if there is interest!
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