Saturday, 22 October 2016

TTM Success - Doolittle Raider Richard E. Cole

Richard E. Cole is the last surviving Raider from WWII's Doolittle Raid on Japan carried out in retaliation to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While the raid itself caused little actual damage to Japan, it did succeed in its goal of raising American morale and showing that Japan was not immune to attack. during the raid, Mr. Cole served as co-pilot on Aircraft #1 with Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle who led the mission.

Mr. Cole signed the photo I sent to him and returned it in my SASE in 19 days.

Richard E. Cole
48 Blaschke Rd.
Comfort, TX 78013-3013

In Person Success - Singer Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian folk musician and activist. Active since the 1960s, her songs tend to focus on social subjects such as peace and indigenous issues. She is also a songwriter, most notably co-writing the song Up Where We Belong for the movie An Officer and a Gentleman which won her the 1982 Academy Award for Best Song. In addition to music, she has done some acting and was a regular on the TV series Sesame Street throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

She was in the city for a concert and signed this photo for me.

TTM Success - WNBA Player Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart is a professional basketball player in the WNBA for the Seattle Storm. Prior to joining the WNBA she was a forward for the University of Connecticut Huskies where she led the team to four national championships and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player a record 4 times. She was the first overall pick of the 2016 WNBA draft and was named WNBA Rookie of the Year for 2016.

She signed the photo I sent her and returned it in my SASE in 45 days.

Breanna Stewart
113 Kaymar Drive
Syracuse, NY 13212-1932

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

TTM Success - Former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major Success

Sir John Major is a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the UK Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. He served as Foreign Secretary and then Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Government of Margaret Thatcher from 1989 to 1990, and was the Member of Parliament for Huntingdon from 1979 to 2001.

He signed the photo I sent him and returned it in my SASE along with a letter from his assistant in 109 days.

The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major
PO Box 38506
London SW1P 1ZW
United Kingdom

In Person Success - Musician Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is a jazz saxophonist and band leader. He has released 4 solo albums and has also worked with a number of other musicians including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, and recently played on Kendrick Lamar's Grammy nominated album To Pimp a Butterfly.

He was in town for a concert and I had him sign this photo and pose for a picture with me.

TTM Success - Former Olympic Diver Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis was an Olympic diver who is generally considered to be one of, if not the, greatest diver of all time. He won a total of 4 Gold Medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Seoul winning the medals for the 3m Springboard and 10m Platform events. He also won a Silver medal in the 10m Platform event at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

He is widely remembered for an accident at the 1988 Olympics in which his head hit the diving springboard during the preliminary rounds. Despite suffering a concussion, he completed the preliminary rounds and still went on to win the Gold Medal in the event.

He signed my photo I sent him and returned it in my SASE in 28 days.

Greg Louganis
PO Box 16598
Beverly Hills, CA 90209

Global Progress Summit

As is probably evidenced by many of the autographs I get, I am a big political buff. Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Global Progress Summit in Montreal, Quebec. The one day summit featured panels and speeches from progressive politicians and leaders from around the world. While there I had the opportunity to meet and get autographs from a number of them.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. I've been a big fan of hers for a long time. Her mom is former Texas Governor Ann Richards, one of my all time favourite US politicians.

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He didn't seem very happy to sign for me and initially refused though he eventually changed his mind.

Former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmit.

Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors Jason Furman. He seemed very surprised I wanted his autograph but happily obliged!

LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman.

London, England Mayor Sadiq Kahn.

Journalist, media figure, and author Tina Brown.

United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

I also got a photo with the current President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves.