Sunday, 19 February 2017

TTM Success - NASCAR Owner Bud Moore

Bud Moore is a retired NASCAR car owner who operated theBud Moore Engineering team. A decorated veteran of World War II, he described himself as "an old country mechanic who loved to make 'em run fast". His cars were number 15 and usually painted red and white and sponsored by Motorcraft.

He signed the photo I sent him and returned it in my SASE in 22 days.

Mr. Bud Moore
315 Old Canaan Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29306-6226

TTM Success - Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John is an English singer, pianist, and composer. In his five-decade career he has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. He has received five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honours. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on their Top All-Time Artists (third overall behind The Beatles and Madonna). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

He signed the photo I sent to him and returned it in my SASE in 21 days.

Sir Elton John
581 Chalette Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-1915

TTM Success - Canadian Swimmer Marilyn Bell-DiLascio

Marilyn Bell DiLascio was a Canadian long distance swimmer who, in 1954, at the age of 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. The next year, in 1955, she became the youngest person ever to swim across the English Channel. In 1954, she was named the Canadian Newsmaker of the Year and awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year.

She signed the photo I sent and returned it to me in my SASE in 339 days. She also included a note apologizing for the delay in responding and explaining my letter had been misplaced.

Marilyn Bell DiLascio
Woodland Pond at New Paltz
100 Woodland Pond Circle
New Paltz, NY 12561

TTM Success - Former British PM Tony and Cherie Blair

Tony Blair is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the UK Labour Party from 1994-2007.

He signed the photos I sent him and his wife Cherie also signed the photo I sent of the 2 of them together and returned them in 22 days.

Tony and Cherie Blair
PO Box 60519
W2 7JU

Saturday, 12 November 2016

TTM Success - 'The Martian' Author Andy Weir

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.

Andy Weir
650 Castro St. Ste 120-255
Muntain View, CA 94041

In Person Success - Frankie Valli

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.

Friday, 11 November 2016

TTM Success - Presidential Debate Questioner Ken Bone

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.