I was excited to see that so many of you
were interested in our
3 year autograph quilt project.
Our daughters rallied to the
idea and as names and people continued
to come to light,
they would send out more requests.
Collecting autographs of celebrities
isn't any thing new.
There are many popular categories.
General Norman Schwarzkoph
General Colin Powell
4 Star General, Politician, Diplomat
Billy Jean King
Architect and Sculptor
designed the Vietnam War Memorial
Social and Religious Leaders
spokeswoman for the feminist movement
Jesse L. Jackson
American Civil Rights Activist
Dr. Gertrude Elion
American Biochemist, Noble Prize 1988 in Medicine
Supreme Court Justice, 1981 -2006
First Woman to fly in space
Supreme Court Justice 1993 -2020
Thomas Sutherland, Dean of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad members near his Beirut home on June 9, 1985. He was released on November 18, 1991 at the same time as Terry Waite, having been held hostage for 2,353 days.
Anne Dal Vera
1992 lead the first all female team to cross Antarctica to the South Pole
without dogs or motorized vehicles
One of the big questions is:
Are these signatures authentic?
There is actually no way of knowing
for sure other than if we had seen them
being signed in person.
Many celebrities use a rubber stamp.
Actress and Singer
American Singer-Songwriter, Country music
Another means of signing a person's name
is with an autopen which is a robotic machine.
First woman to hold Secretary of Commerce, cabinet position
under President Carter, an American Economist
Some celebrities authorize secretaries to sign
or another trusted person.
And many sign with a few simple strokes.
Comedian/ Late Night Talk Show Host
On a few occasions the person from whom
we requested an autograph signed the
backing paper rather than the fabric.
In that case, and in a couple other situations,
the signature was copied
onto a heat transfer paper
and applied to the fabric.
My thoughts were that we weren't selling
the signatures or the quilt. The project
was for our own personal use and I believed it was okay
for that to be done.
One signature that I wanted to include was
Mother Theresa's. She had sent her name on
a card and I wanted to include her name, of course,
because her very important contributions.
She died a year after we finished collecting.
Who didn't sign
We had many rejects.
For some we were never able to
find a reliable mailing address. Some
of them were returned as undeliverable
I believe, were simply disposed into
someone's circular file.
Many of them were returned with a note
and an explanation as to why someone
was not able to fulfill our request.
Our first denial was from Charles Schultz
Here are a few other letters that we received.
A note from the White House
The reject letters added a wonderful chapter
to our story as well.
So here's the question:
If you could think back to 1994 -1996
who would you have wanted to include in the quilt?
Next time I'll share some great stories
around some of the signatures and then who
were some our favorites.
Here are a couple others
that you were interested in seeing.
Singer and Cowboy
Singer , Cowboy
Hopefully, you'll stay tuned for the rest of the story.
Famous for "the Rest of the Story"
Until Next Time-