Andy Weir is a science fiction author whose debut novel The Martian was self-published in 2011 and re-released in 2014 where it immediately landed on the New York Times bestseller list. He wrote the book to be as scientifically accurate as possible, and his writing included extensive research into orbital mechanics, conditions on the planet Mars, and the history of spaceflight. The Martian was adapted into a Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated movie in 2015 starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.
He signed the photo I sent him and returned it in my SASE in 26 days. He also enclosed a bookplate which I put in my copy of his book.
650 Castro St. Ste 120-255
Muntain View, CA 94041
Frankie Valli is a pop singer who was the frontman for the Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He has 39 hit songs to his name including Sherry, December, 1963, and Can't Take My Eyes Off of You. He and The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The Broadway musical Jersey Boys is based on his career with the Four Seasons. In addition to his music career, Valli has also acted on occasion, most notably in the TV series The Sopranos portraying mobster Rusty Millio.
Mr. Valli was in the city for a concert and I was able to meet him and get his autograph prior to the show. He also posed for a photo with me.
Ken Bone is a power plant operator from Illinois who, during the second US Presidential debate asked a question to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about their stances on energy policy. He immediately went viral thanks largely to his name, appearance, red sweater, disposable camera, and earnest genuine attitude. In the days following the debate, he appeared on a number of US talk shows, was portrayed by Bobby Moynihan on Saturday Night Live, and became the face of undecided voters in America.
He signed the photos I sent him and returned them in my SASE in 23 days. I actually got lucky in getting this back as it turns out I'd sent it to the wrong address. Ken personally messaged me on Twitter explaining it had gone to the wrong place but was able to be forwarded to him.
As I had the wrong address to begin with, and there was no return on the envelope, I am unfortunately unable to provide an address.
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
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.
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.
113 Kaymar Drive
Syracuse, NY 13212-1932
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