Monday, March 9, 2015


Back when I was looking for my journals, I found my autograph book with them. And yes, it has autographs! I attended a golf tournament in Santa Barbara in 1974 and wished I had an autograph book. The only "autograph" I got that day was Efram Zimbalist Jr.'s initials on my program (which I don't think I have anymore). I was too scared to get anyone else's. But that changed in 1975.

Don't know how I got braver in 1975, but I did. In 1976, I switched to photos. Figured they would be better. They were, sort of. I can at least SEE who the actors/golfers are (maybe one day I'll scan those and show you). Anyway, I took pictures of my autographs so I could share them with you!

Here's my autograph book. Can you tell what era it came from?

Greg Morris (Mission Impossible)

Ernest Borgnine (actor)

On the left is Goober (George Lindsey--The Andy Griffith Show)
On the right is Kermit Zarley (golfer) and Dennis James (television personality).

Alan Hale (The Skipper--Gilligan's Island)

Sandy Koufax (I LOVE this one!!! He is my favorite Dodger)

Huber Green (golfer)

On the left: Bud Allin (golfer)
On the right: Ray Bolger (Wizard of Oz)

 On the left: Dave Stockton (golfer)
On the right: Billy Barty (actor)

On the left: Morey Amsterdam (Dick VanDyke Show--hard to tell, but I remember him signing it!)
On the right: Alby Moore (Green Acres)

I hope the pictures came out okay. This was the first time I downloaded more than one at a time. It went quicker, but they're looking funny on my screen. Hopefully when you click on them they enlarge okay. Guess I'll find out when this thing posts.

So... Do you own an autograph book? If so, what kind of autographs does it contain?



JeffO said...

Sandy Koufax had a nice signature.

I think the only autograph book I have (and I'm not sure if it's still here somewhere; I think it is) is the one from when I 'graduated' sixth grade. It was the thing to do, to get signatures of all your friends. Mine was from around the same time as yours, but I didn't have the groovy cover like you did.

Kristi said...

This is TOO COOL! I don't have an autograph book, but I do have several posters, etc. signed from various music bands throughout the years! And books! I have TONS of signed books. (I know you are probably shocked by this.) ;)

Thanks for sharing your collection...very cool mix of people in there!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Too cool! I've always loved Billy Barty. I never had an autograph book or even got any autographs otherwise. I've never been in a place where I saw famous people - except for the year I worked The Buick Open golf tournament, and then it was frowned upon for security staff to ask for autographs. I did get to meet Payne Stewart, though. And chat with some local sportscasters while I was guarding the press tent.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - It is a pretty "groovy" cover, isn't it? And since I only used it that one time, it's in pristine condition! :)

Kristi - I have lots of signed books, too. That happens when you go do conventions! :)

Beth - Celebrity/Pro-Am golf tournaments are the best (which is where I got my autographs from). Heck, the golfers were just as much a celebrity to me as the actors were. Bob Hope even showed up, but I couldn't get close enough for his autograph.

DL Hammons said...

I have some signed baseballs from a few baseball players...but that's it. You definitely have some oldies but goodies there! :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Don - I was shocked to see what I had when I opened that book the first time in decades! And then the memories came back. Good times!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

That is really cool! I never had an autograph book, but when I was a kid and really loved M*A*S*H, my mom wrote Alan Alda and asked for an autographed pic for me--and got it! Not as exciting--or scary--as approaching and asking for them personally.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jenentte - I wrote to Ron Howard for an autograph (a looooong time ago) and got that, too. Don't know what happened to it, though. Yeah, it's a lot less scary asking via mail. But when a lot of people are hanging around wanting autographs, it is a little easier to do!

Maria Zannini said...

I've never collected autographs, but I could have. My dad worked at a 5 star restaurant in Chicago and he waited on all the greats and near greats.

He once got me an autograph from Johnny Mathis. Unfortunately, I had no interest in autographs or entertainers, but I appreciated the effort.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Getting autographs of people I haven't met never interested me, either. Well, except for the one my daughter got me of Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi of Star Trek: Next Generation). But now I HAVE seen her (at Dragon*Con), so it's cool.

The Happy Whisk said...

"I hope the pictures came out okay. This was the first time I downloaded more than one at a time. It went quicker, but they're looking funny on my screen. Hopefully when you click on them they enlarge okay. Guess I'll find out when this thing posts."

You kill me. This sounds like a journal entry. I love that you've kept your wonderful spirit from childhood to now.