I sent a drawing to be autographed to Jimmy Carter on February 15, 2013.
It was returned to me, unsigned, on Friday, May 24, 2013; 98 days later.
This letter and autographed photo was also included:
“Thank you for your recent message to President Carter. Although we are unable to fulfill your request, we are pleased to send you the enclosed along with President Carters best wisher.”
“Those items that President Carter will not sign include: baseballs, first day covers, commemorative covers, stamps, bookplates, book jackets, trading cards, magazine covers, clippings from magazines, newspaper clippings, drawings, cartoons, caricatures, jerseys and items like index cards, quilt patches, blank pieces of stationery, dollar or other bills, hammers, etc.”
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter was born on October 1, 1924. He is a Democrat was the 39th President of the United States of America (1977- ’81), and was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
Before serving as President, he was a US Naval Officer, a peanut farmer, and served as a Georgia State Senator and Governor of Georgia.
I mailed a drawing to be autographed to Amy Sedaris on January 29, 2013.
It was signed and returned to me on Wednesday, May 22, 2013; 113 days later.
Amy Louise Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961. She is an actress, author, and comedian.
She plays Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy. She also voiced Foxy Loxy in Chicken Little.
I sent a drawing to be autographed to John Rocker on April 23, 2013.
It was signed and returned to me on Friday, May 17, 2013; 24 days later.
John Loy Rocker was born on October 17, 1974. He is a former Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher.
He played from 1998- 2003, with the Braves, Indians, Rangers, and Devil Rays.
He compiled a career win- loss record of 13-22, an ERA of 3.42, 332 strikeouts, and 88 saves.
He is also infamous for his Sports Illustrated comments about riding on the New York City subway.
The vast majority of the time, when I draw a picture of a celebrity, and send it to them to be autographed, it is because I am or have been a fan of their work.
However, once in a while, someone comes along that I simply find interesting to draw. This is the case with Dick Dale. I have to admit, I never had heard of the “surfing guitarist” until recently. I couldn’t resist drawing him and attempting to get his autograph.
I sent my drawing to Dick Dale on April 1, 2013. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of the drawing that I sent to him. On Friday, May 17, I received an autographed photo and a note from his wife, Lana Dale. They had kept the drawing, and I am fine with that.
“Dear Gerald, Thanks for the picture. This took a great deal of time + effort + we love it. Jim Crouch + my mother have both done paintings of Dick along w/ many artists in the 1960′s etc. All along the way. My husband DD + I are both artists as well. Love your work!! Thanks!!! Lana Dale”
Dick Dale was born on May 4, 1937. He is known as The King of Surf Guitar.
I mailed a drawing to be signed to Ron Cey on April 27, 2013.
It was signed and mailed back to me on Friday, May 3, 2013; a turnover of 6 days.
Ronald Charles Cey was born on February 15, 1948. He is a former Major League Baseball third baseman.
He played from 1971- ’87 for the Dodgers, Cubs, and Athletics.
He was a six-time All Star (1974, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’78, and ’79), and a 1981 World Series Champion.
He had a career batting average of .261, 316 home runs, and 1,139 runs batted in.
I mailed a drawing to be signed to Gregg Olson on March 18, 2013.
It was signed and returned to me on Friday, April 19, 2013; 32 days later.
Greggory Olson was born on October 11, 1966. He is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.
He played from 1988- 2001 for the Orioles, Braves, Indians, Royals, Tigers, Astros, Twins, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers.
He was the 1989 AL Rookie of the Year, and an All Star in 1990.
He compiled a career win-loss record of 40-39, a 3.46 ERA, 588 strikeouts, and 217 saves.