Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Dame Edna

Does anyone remember Dame Edna? She is an old lady with 50's style glasses and pink hair and one other thing she is no lady? It's actor Barry Humphries who has performed as her for the last 40 some odd years and even had his own tv show. He has been touring the US and Canada with Dame Edna's farewell Tour and his tour made a stop in Toronto so I wrote to him. He has did countless spots on shows like Johnny Carson, Jay leno, Dave Letterman etc. He has also did other things other then Edna. He was the voice of Shark in Finding Nemo and The Great Goblin for The Hobbitt.. This is a nice edition to my collection..

On another note I came across several CFL (Canadian Football League) cards from 1971 and I thought it would be cool to try and find some of these guys and have then signed the card. All these guys are in their late 60's and early 70's now and after searching them I have found that several of the players still around and I got a few addresses from them or their family members. So far I sent out 5 so I will be happy to see if some of them come back to me.. I will let you know when I get one back..

As Dame Edna would say..'Good Bye and Good Night Possums!!!'

Friday, 24 April 2015

It's been a good Week

Hey Everybody !!

This was the week for the annual book fair and for the 1st time in about 3 years I struck out and didn't find any signed books. But I am not letting that bother me because this week I have had a few great ones come through.
For starters back in 2011 I wrote to Bebe Neuwirth on Broadway when she was doing the musical "Addams Family". I never heard back so I thought either it was lost or just didn't get my letter but this week I received from Bebe a cast signed playbill from the show. She must have been getting caught up on her fanmail in her down time.There are 18 signatures on the playbill including Roger Rees who is best known for playing the Sheriff Of Rottingham in 'Robin Hood:Men In Tights"

Awhile ago I wrote to actress Anastasia Phillips who was in the tv show 'Bomb Girls" Earlier last year I won a contest and I got a nice Poster which was signed by all the girls except Anastasia. I told her she was the only one I was missing so she sent me this 8X10 glossy personalized to me

One movie I really like is "The Day After Tomorrow" I think it's the best disaster film of the decade and I have several autographs from the movie and today I added another one. This one is from Sela Ward who played Lucy in the movie. Most of you probably remember her from "CSI:NY or House M.D" She is a cool add for my collection.

I received another playbill today from New York City's Broadway and this came from the play "Gigi". I liked the movie with Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan and I wanted one for my collection. This Playbill is autographed by Howard McGillin and Vanessa Hudgens. Howard is best known for playing The Phantom on Broadway for years and Vanessa for High School Musical movies.

Last but not least my wife found a copy of Vidal Sasson's autobiography which is signed and personalized to a lady named Gwen. The book has a small paper with her name on it so I know it was from a book signing even and the book itself came from Selfridges & CO a store in the U.K. I thought the store was made up just for the TV show  but there really is a Selfridges in the U.K..Vidal died in 2012. The book was signed in or around  2010.

Well I hope your week was as good as mine and I hope next week is just as good.!!

Friday, 17 April 2015

My 3 Bonds

I think everyone knows that I like James Bond movies. I never really watched them til this year. I do have all of the movies on DVD and I am looking forward to the release of  'SPECTRE'. After watching all of the movies I would have to say that Daniel Craig is the best Bond although it could be that over the years they have calmed down on Bond trying to be funny and way to much womanizing and more on the story plot and the action. So far in my autograph collection I have 3 actors who have played James in the 007 movies
The first one I got was Pierce Brosnan from a movie set that I wrote called 'Butterfly On A Wheel'. MY favorite Bond film he did was 'The World is Not Enoug' with Robert Carlyle who people should know from 'Once Upon A Time'

My second one is Daniel Craig. I wrote Daniel when he was performing on Broadway with Hugh Jackman in 2009 in a play called 'A Steady Rain'. I do have a Playbill signed by both men but this is my card that is just signed by Daniel to me. I would have to say that 'Casino Royale' was my favorite Bond film that Daniel did. SO FAR

And lastly the one I got on Monday from George Lazenby who played James in one film 'Her Majesties Secret Service' which was a pretty good movie for it's time. He could have did more Bond films but ended up being Blackballed because he took some bad advice and held out for more which they didn't give him.

Bond James Bond

It's been a really slow mail week for me and I've been going to a few Dr. appointments here and there so this is why I slacked off a little plus I have been watching the show 'Banshee' on DVD. If you haven't seen the show I really recommend it.The cast are more less unknowns with a few knowns thrown in the mix. Guy who plays Proctor who is the real bad ass in the show is played by Ulrich Thomsen who I have liked for years. I saw him in a German film called 'Festen' in English it mean Celebration. We get the DVD's from the Library when they come out. I know we might have to wait awhile before we get to see a movie or a tv show that we would normally not get but sooner or later we get it

Now for my autograph. I only got one this week and it was a really cool one. I had sent to George Lazenby who played James Bond in one film 'On Her Majesties Secret Service'. After a few weeks my letter was RTS'd so I did a search and then someone posted a new address for him so I thought I would give it a try and on Monday I got my envelope back and inside was all 3 of my cards signed by George Lazenby. I am happy to have him in my collection.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Legend Arrived

Today was a great day mail wise. I got a reply from Carol Burnett. I have been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember.  The whole family would watch 'The Carol Burnett Show' I am pretty sure it was on Thursday Nights which ran for 11 years I think. She is so funny and always got a laugh when I watched the show. I still do when they show it..

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

AFL & CFL in the last few days..

It was a nice long weekend not too cold and not to warm just nice and the 1st weekend for the return of Australian Rules Football which my wife and I like to watch. Most of the time they show maybe 1 game a week and that is on at 4:30 in the morning here and with any luck we'd get it in a rerun if they played it. This season it's different we have a DVR box and was able to record the game. We watched Jimmy Bartel lose the 1st game of the season. Jimmy BTW has a cousin who is a punter in the CFL Josh Bartel. He use to be with the Ticats but was traded to SSK.

 Since we are talking about football let's talk about what I received in the mail today. I like to collect autographs of CFL Players eps the TiCats and today I was really happy. A nice little brown envelope that was taped very well and inside was 3 cards all signed by Greg Wojt. He sent me 2 cards of him when he played for the Edmonton Eskimos. Both cards are are from JOGO

Last year the CFL struck a deal with Upper Deck to come out with CFL Cards for the league and although I have seen them online I have not seen them in the stores and I knew they were a little priccy But I have one now. Greg sent me an Upper Deck card of him in the TiCat uniforn which was very cool of him. So I am very happy with my autographs today and seeing some Aussie Rules. If you have not seen Aussie Rules I recommend it.Its a rough game. The usually show a game or 2 in the early morningson the weekends on TSN2.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Found Something

I know it's been awhile but I haven't received anything in the last little while so it's all been quiet. Yesterday I went to the eye specialist. The one I was suppose to go see last week but forgot too.Everything is good my eye pressure is where he wants it I just got to keep up the drops more less for the rest of my life. He thinks I might have Glaucoma but since it was caught so early everything will be okie dokie as long as I keep up with the drops. So anyways that is about it for that. Today I did find a book signed by Rick Reilly who use to write a column for ESPN and has also Co-Wrote the screenplay for the George Clooney movie Leatherheads. I thought it was a pretty cool find. And it also ended my draught so I am happy.