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Archive for September, 2007

James Madison and Me

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

madisonx.jpgJames Madison was our fourth United States President from 1801 – 1809 and the primary author, hence the title “Father of the U.S. Constitution.” Among his other achievements were the co-authorship of The Federalist Papers and the creation of the first ten amendments to the constition, better known as The Bill of Rights. Quite a fascinating and well-educated man, Madison’s life both began and ended in Virginia, a state I recently toured and was able to visit several of the important locations of his life…all carefully and excitedly detailed below. Read the rest of this entry »

85post.jpgIt was clear that I had begun to get a bit cocky with my autograph collecting habits as 1985 drew to a close. I had had some great success stories during my first year of solid ‘by-mail-request’ autograph collecting. I was being led down the primrose path that most stars, no matter how big, would respond to autograph requests. But as the results of my final Christmas break push of eight autographs requests would prove, it wasn’t always so easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jackie Davis 1980

Friday, September 28th, 2007

jack.jpgJackie Davis was another one of the original members of the silent Our Gang. Appearing in nineteen of the movies as the first tough kid of the Rascals, Jack’s older sister Mildred eventually would marry silent screen legend Harold Lloyd. Lloyd thought that it would better for Jack to get a good education and sent him off to military school. The education paid off and Jack Davis, known as John H. Davis, M.D. at the time that he made an appearance at the Our Gang reunion in 1980, became quite a success. Read the rest of this entry »

The Late 2000’s

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

20001.jpg This is now my eighth category of half-decades (I checked and pentade does not appear to be a word), and this is a precarious introduction to write. That is mostly because I am currently living right in the midst of it. Originally my vision of this site was to simply chronicle time periods of the past, while merely interjecting current events…but guess what? Enough time began to pass that even some of these current events started to have a nostalgic feel themselves. So the first step was to link all of the postings together in chronological order and create the 2000’s – Late category. But still the postings of this time period (which greatly out-number all of the others) seem orphaned without an introduction. Read the rest of this entry »

…And This Is My Other Brother Daryl

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

daryl2.jpgI seemed to build my collection of John Voldstad autographs in small steps. John Voldstad portrayed the second silent Daryl in one of my all-time favorite television series Newhart. When he first made his appearance at a Hollywood Collectors Show, all he had for sale were some small 4″ x 5″ portraits. So that was what I was stuck with adding to my collection. But for $5.00, it wasn’t a bad deal. Later on, he returned along with his Larry, Daryl, and Daryl cohort William Sanderson and Tony Papenfuss and I was able to get the complete signed cast shot as shown here. Read the rest of this entry »