Autographs From My Heroes
Welcome back the weekly Express Yourself Blog Tour. This week I was asked to write about the autographs that I have collected. I actually have three but use to have four autographs that meant more than the world to me.
1) Jack Hanna
The very first autograph that I ever collected was from Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo. Jack Hanna
2) Nichelle Nichols
I have always been a Trekkie. I still remember the first time my mom introduced me to the Star Trek series. I was in 2nd grade and we had just moved to Mt. Gilead, Ohio. There was a new station on the cable that only showed Sci-Fi shows. My mom turned it on and introduced me to Star Trek. I immediately fell in love with the show. We would watch Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and then Buck Rogers. I loved them all but my favorite was always Star Trek. My mom took me to my first Star Trek Convention when I was a few years older. My favorite part was sitting in the conference room listening to Nichelle Nichols answer questions about her experience on Start Trek. I couldn't believe she would answer just any one's questions. After the show we stood in a long long waiting for her to sign her autograph. The line was so long and I grew tired of waiting. So I snuck my way to the front of the line and struck up a conversation with the actress. We talked for an hour before mom eventually worked her way to the front and Nichelle signed two pictures, one for me and one for my mom. I'll never forget that conversation. I don't remember what we talked about but I remember Nichelle took the time out to talk to a young girl who had always admired her. I walked away feeling like I had made a friend and because of that Uhura became my favorite character on Star Trek.
3) Marina Sirtis
I had seen all of the movies, read the books, comics and watched the old series by the time Star Trek:
4) Jim Henson
The last autographed I collected happens to be a happen of chance I will never forget. My friend, Nikki, and I were part of a school group called Earth Shuttle the summer of 1990. The Earth Shuttle program was a week long educational field trip for a select group of students who excelled in science hosted by Disney and NASA. We had backstage access at Disney and met some of the members of the Mickey Mouse Club (none of the stars). Our group had an indepth tour of NASA and was there when the Hubble Space Station was supposed to launch the first time. Every place we stopped we had to take notes in our program booklet so that when we returned to school we would have notes we could use to construct our presentations. The last day we were there was a free day at Disney. Nikki and I had gone back to the studio to hang out with some of the Mickey Mouse Club but they were busy taping. We decided to go to the Indiana Jones presentation. We left the back lot and got lost on our way there. We ran down Main Street only to encounter some of the characters dancing around and singing. We didn't know they were being filmed. They stopped filming and we met a girl there that was the star of the film they were shooting. She was there because of the Make A Wish Foundation had sent her to Disney. We told her we were lost and she directed us to the Indiana Jones exhibit. We arrived just in time to get a seat in the front row. We watched the show for a few moments and then the show was stopped. The narrator told everyone on the loud speaker they had to interrupt the show because Jim Henson had made a special appearance requesting that he use the set to film his latest muppet film and wanted the audience in it. We all cheered. Nikki and I were sitting in the front row. Jim Henson showed up with the muppets and we watched him film this scene.
After the taping Jim Henson announced he would be giving autographs. The only thing I had on me at that time was director's board I had bought earlier. I handed it to Jim Henson to sign and he did on the top. Nicole and I were so excited. I kept the director's board for most of my life. It was one of my most prize possession and I tried to keep it safe with each move I made. Eventually, the director's board broke in a move and I lost Jim Henson's autograph. I may have lost his autograph but I will never forget the experience.