Saturday, August 11, 2018

Cpt. Caveman's TTM Autographs #161

Welcome back for another weekly TTM success post. I hope everyone had a productive graphing week. Ours wasn't to bad we received a few great TTM returns plus we wrapped up another year of the Houston Texans training camp that allowed us to obtain alot of great autographs for our collection and we even made a few new graphing friends. Sadly our summertime in person autograph hunting season is coming to an end. With the PGA tournament and NFL training camp behind us our last chance to get a few more in person autographs will be at the concerts at the West Virginia state fair that started Thursday. The fairgrounds are located only a few hundred yards from our house so it's not like we have far to go to try for some new ink. I've hung out back stage at the fair's concerts for years. I've been doing it ever since I was a kid out trying to get autographs or just to catch a glimpse of the musicians I really like. It's a great spot to hang out at that only has a low chain link fence and is only 10 to 15 feet away from the musicians tour bus and has a perfect view of the rear side of the stage and greenroom entrance so you can see them coming and going to the stage or buses. Sometimes they sign and sometimes they just wave and get on the bus and take off but it's still cool to see them up close even if they don't come over. We've had a plethora of band and musicians play here over the years and I've been Lucky enough to see some great shows. Since I live in a somewhat rural farm area we get alot of country acts but I've always been more of a rock and roll kind of guy so I generally try for those types of bands and on occasion I'll go for the older country stars who are from a time when county music was actually county music. We've had musicians like Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, The Bellamy Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and Alabama and numerous other country stars and musicians. Then we bands on the other end of the musical spectrum like Chicago, Alice Copper, Journey, Three Doors Down, Herman's Hermits and even acts for the younger music lovers like Britney Spears. The New Kids on the Block have even performed here back in their hadday. You just never know who they'll get from year to year to put on a concert. This year there's only a few concerts I want to see and try to score an autograph or two at. Charlie Daniels is coming back and 38 Special will be here. Merl Haggard's son Noel is playing and an interesting group that we want to try for this year is Uncle Si & The Sicotics with Duck Dynasty's very own Si Robertson as the front man. So even if he doesn't sign autographs after it should be an interesting show lol. He's playing Sunday and Monday night so that gives us two opportunities to try and it's a free show and most of the  time those artists will sign autographs for fans at the merch tables after the concerts. When the fair ends that pretty much wraps up our in person graphing opportunities around here unless we do some major traveling and unfortunately we just don't have time for that anymore. Sometimes we'll get a rare random chance to graph someone when they come to our Carnegie Hall to put on a show but it's not very often anyone big comes. Arlo Guthrie was the last one to come I actually wanted to see and that was six months before my 13 year old daughter Winter was born when he did his show at our Carnegie Hall. It's a great small venue to see a show at and was provided to the town long before my time by the same Carnegie who's name is attached to a much bigger and more famous Carnegie Hall. So with our limited access to in person graphing opportunities in our area that's why I try to attend the golf tournaments and NFL training camps every day I can and we'll make the most of it by getting as many autographs as we possibly can. After the fair's gone we go back to nothing but TTM collecting until the next summer. I tend to send more TTM requests out after the summer fun is all over and slack off on the number of letters I get written and sent out simply because with raising my daughter, work and the time spent getting autographs in person it's just hard finding the time to write numerous autograph requests to get out in the mail. Thankfully I have a very understanding boss who doesn't mind me taking an entire week off to hit the PGA or coming into work later after training camp has finished for the day. I love both ways of collecting autographs. In person graphing is exciting and fun but so is opening the mailbox and seeing one of our SASE's has returned full of graphing goodness. So hopefully if all goes well with our last few in person attempts and be on the lookout for the last few bonus in person graphing posts before our summertime graphing fun comes to an end. Anyways now on to this week's TTM successes. Monday brought a super cool return from the voice of Optimus Prime himself Peter Cullen who signed our two photos. It took one year and three months to return but it was definitely worth the wait. Next Thursday brought two great returns. First after only three months we finally received a reply from Barry Bostwick who signed our two photos. This was our third attempt at writing him over the years and I'm really happy he finally signed for us this time. To finish off the day I received my 2018 TOPPS Allen & Ginter baseball card back signed from the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek after a quick two week wait. Well that's all for this week. As always I hope you all have a great graphing weekend and I'll be back next week with more TTM autographs and address's.

Peter Cullen
c/o TGMD Talent Agency
6767 Forest Lawn Drive
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Barry Bostwick
c/o Atlas Talent Agency
15 East 32nd Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Pat Neshek
c/o Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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