Friday, July 21, 2017

GEN Ann E. Dunwoody, USA, Ret.

(1953 - )

Birth Name: Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody

Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

Retired U.S. Army Four-Star General. She is the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve the four-star rank.

Military Career: 1975-2012

Commands Held:

- Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
- United States Army Combined Arms Support Command (2004-2005)
- United States Army Material Command (2008-2012)

Military Decorations:

- 82nd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal
- Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
- Army Overseas Service Ribbon
- Army Service Ribbon
- Army Staff Identification Badge
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- French National Order of Merit
- German Parachutist Badge in Silver
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
- Legion of Merit (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
- Master Parachutist Badge
- Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
- Meritorious Unit Commendation with four oak leaf clusters
- National Defense Service Medal (with one service star)
- Parachute Rigger Badge
- Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two service stars)
- U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia

Other Awards & Honors:

- Keys to Madison County, Huntsville city and Madison city
- USO Woman of the Year
- Military Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps) (1998)
- SUNY Cortland Distinguished Alumna Award (2001)
- Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment (2002)
- National Defense Transportation Association’s DoD Distinguished Service Award (2004)
- Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award (2007)
- Awarded Four-Star Rank (2008)
- Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Eisenhower Award (2009)
- NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award (2011)
- Ancient Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps) (2012)
- Quartermaster Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and two custom index cards, one for me and one for a friend, care of her residence in Tampa, FL. Received my cards back signed, and she also included two signed photo cards about her book, she signed my letter and hand wrote my address on the return envelope.

Sent: 6/14/17
Received: 7/21/17

Dr. E.O. Wilson, Ph.D.

(1929 - )

Birth Name: Edward Osborne Wilson

Birthplace: Birmingham, AL, USA

Biologist, researcher, naturalist, theorist and author. He is often referred to as "The Father of Sociobiology" and "The Father of Biodiversity". He is the worlds leading expert on the study of ants. He is currently the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, a lecturer at Duke University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is also a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

Partial Bibliography:

- Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975)
- On Human Nature (1979)
- The Ants (1990)
- Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration (1994)
- Naturalist (1994)
- The Future of Life (2002)
- The Social Conquest of Earth (2012)
- Letters to a Young Scientist (2014)
- The Meaning of Human Existence (2014)
- Half Earth (2016)

Awards & Honors Won:

- Member of National Academy of Sciences (1969)
- U.S. National Medal of Science (1976)
- Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia's Leidy Award (1979)
- Pulitzer Prize for On Human Nature (1979)
- Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (1984)
- Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University (1987)
- International Ecology Institute's ECI Prize for Terrestrial Ecology (1987)
- Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (1988)
- Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Crafoord Prize (1990)
- Pulitzer Prize for The Ants (1991)
- International Prize for Biology (1993)
- Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science (1994)
- The National Audubon Society's Audubon Medal (1995)
- Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential People in America (1995)
- American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences (1998)
- American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year (1999)
- Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science (2000)
- Nierenberg Prize (2001)
- Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (2004)
- Namesake of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab research vessel R/V E.O. Wilson (2005)
- Linnean Tercentenary Silver Medal (2006)
- Peabody Museum of Natural History's Addison Emery Verrill Medal (2007)
- TED Prize (2007)
- XIX Premi Internacional Catalunya (2007)
- Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Iowa (2008-2009)
- Member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Honorary Board (2008)
- Explorer's Club Medal (2009)
- Namesake of E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center (2009) 
- BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award (Ecology and Conservation Biology - 2010)
- EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year (2010)
- Heartland Prize (2010)
- Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture (2010)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a bookplate care of Harvard University's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Received my bookplate back signed.

Sent: 7/1/17
Received: 7/21/17

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tommy Maddox

(1971 - )

Birth Name: Thomas Alfred Maddox

Birthplace: Shreveport, LA, USA

NFL, XFL and Arena League player and high school coach, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the first player in Pac-10 history to surpass 5,000 yards passing by his sophomore year. He is one of three players to have won the Super Bowl and the XFL Championship. He is currently an assistant baseball coach at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, TX.

NCAA:

Quarterback (QB):

- UCLA Bruins (1990-1991)
- 1 Time Sun Bowl Champion
- 1 Time First-Team All-American

NFL:

Quarterback (QB):

- Denver Broncos (1992-1993)
- Los Angeles Rams (1994)
- New York Giants (1995-1996)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-2005)
- 1 Time Super Bowl Champion
- 1 Time AFC Champion
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2002)

Arena Football League (AFL):

Quarterback (QB):

- New Jersey Red Dogs (2000)

XFL:

Quarterback (QB):

- Los Angeles Xtreme (2001)
- 1 Time Million Dollar Game Champion (2001) (XFL Championship)
- XFL MVP (2001)

Coaching:

- L.D. Bell High School Blue Raiders (Volunteer Football Coach) (1997-1999) (Hurst, TX)
- Grapevine High School Mustangs (Assistant Baseball Coach) (2016-present) (Grapevine, TX)
- Grapevine High School Mustangs (Assistant Football Coach) (2016-2017) (Grapevine, TX)
- 1 Time 5A Texas UIL State Baseball Champion (2016)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Area MVP (1990)
- District MVP (1990)
- Southwest Texas Offensive Player of the Year (1990)
- Team Captain (Football) (1990)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and two trading cards care of Grapevine High School. Received both cards back signed.

Sent: 2/19/16
Received: 7/17/17

Thursday, July 13, 2017

John Druce

(1966 - )

Birth Name: John W. Druce

Birthplace: Peterborough, ON, Canada

NHL player and junior league coach, best known for his time with the Washington Capitals. He is currently the head coach of the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Juniors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Peterborough Petes (1984-1986) (Ontario Hockey League)
- 2 Time Leyden Trophy (1985-1986) (OHL East Division Regular Season Champion)
- 1 Time Hamilton Spectator Trophy (1986) (OHL Regular Season Champion)

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Binghamton Whalers (1986-1988) (American Hockey League)
- Baltimore Skipjacks (1988; 1989) (American Hockey League)
- Phoenix Roadrunners (1993) (International Hockey League)
- Philadelphia Phantoms (1997-1998) (American Hockey League)

NHL:

Right Winger (RW):

- Washington Capitals (1988-1992)
- Winnipeg Jets (1992-1993)
- Los Angeles Kings (1993-1996)
- Philadelphia Flyers (1996-1997; 1998)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion

Foreign:

Right Winger (RW):

- Hannover Scorpions (1998-1999) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Augsburger Panther (2000) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)

Coaching:

- Cobourg Cougars (Head Coach) (2015-present) (Ontario Junior Hockey League)
- 1 Time Royal Bank Cup Champion (2017) (Canadian Junior A Champion)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of Freedom 55 Financial in Peterborough, ON. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 8/17/16
Received: 7/13/17

Igor Larionov

(1960 - )

Birth Name: Igor Nikolayevich Larionov

Birthplace: Voskresensk, Russian SFSR, USSR [Russia]

NHL player, best known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings over two stints. Along with Viacheslav Fetisov, he was one of the first players to break the barrier preventing Soviet players from joining the NHL. He is one of four players in history to have won the Stanley Cup, a World Championship gold medal and an Olympic gold medal.

Foreign:

Center (C):

- Khimik Voskresensk (1978-1981) (Soviet Championship League - Russia)
- CSKA Moscow (1981-1989) (Soviet Championship League - Russia)
- HC Lugano (1992-1993) (National League A - Switzerland)
- Brunflo IK (2005) (HockeyAllsvenskan - Sweden)
- 8 Time IIHF European Cup Champion (1982-1989)
- 8 Time Soviet League Champion (1982-1989)
- 1 Time Soviet Cup Champion (1988)
- 4 Time Soviet League First Team
- 6 Time Soviet League Best Line (1982-1984, 1986-1987, 1989)
- Soviet League MVP (1988)

NHL:

Center (C):

- Vancouver Canucks (1989-1992)
- San Jose Sharks (1993-1995)
- Detroit Red Wings (1995-2000; 2001-2003)
- Florida Panthers (2000)
- New Jersey Devils (2003-2004)
- 3 Time Stanley Cup Champion
- 3 Time Western Conference Champion
- 1 Time NHL All-Star Game
- 2 Time Presidents' Trophy (1996, 2002) (Most Regular Season Team Points)
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2008

International (Team Soviet Union):

Center (C):

- 1979 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden - Gold Medal)
- 1980 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 1981 Canada Cup (Gold Medal)
- 1982 World Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 1983 World Ice Hockey Championships (West Germany - Gold Medal)
- 1984 Canada Cup (Bronze Medal)
- 1984 Winter Olympics (Sarajevo - Gold Medal)
- 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships (Czechoslovakia - Bronze Medal)
- 1986 World Ice Hockey Championships (USSR - Gold Medal)
- 1987 Canada Cup (Silver Medal)
- 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships (Austria - Silver Medal)
- 1988 Winter Olympics (Calgary - Gold Medal)
- 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden - Gold Medal)

International (Team Russia):

Center:

- 1996 World Cup of Hockey
- 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City - Bronze Medal)

Accolades (HC CSKA Moscow)

- #8 Assists, Career (196)
- #8 Points, Career (361)

Accolades (San Jose Sharks):

- #10 Playoff Assists, Career (21)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR/Russia Class of 1982
- IIHF Triple Gold Club (1997)
- IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2005

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 6/16/17
Received: 7/13/17

Saturday, July 8, 2017

John Kundla

(1916 - )

Birth Name: John Albert Kundla

Birthplace: Star Junction, PA, USA

NBA and collegiate coach, collegiate basketball player and U.S. Navy veteran. He was the first ever coach in the Lakers organization history, when they were the Minneapolis Lakers. In 1963, while head coach at the University of Minnesota, he broke the color barrier by recruiting three African-American players. At age 101, he is the oldest living Hall of Fame inductee in any professional sport.

NCAA (Player):

Guard (G):

- Minnesota Golden Gophers (1936-1939)
- 1 Time Big Ten Champion
- University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame Class of 1991

NCAA (Coaching):

- St. Thomas (MN) Tommies (Head Coach) (1946-1947)
- Minnesota Golden Gophers (Head Coach) (1959-1968)
- University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame Class of 1991
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006

National Basketball League (Coaching):

- Minneapolis Lakers (Head Coach) (1947-1948)
- 1 Time NBL Champion (1948)

Basketball Association of America (Coaching):

- Minneapolis Lakers (Head Coach) (1948-1949)
- 1 Time BAA Champion (1949)
- 1 Time Western Champion (1949)

NBA (Coaching):

- Minneapolis Lakers (1949-1959)
- 4 Time NBA Champion
- 4 Time Western Champion
- 4 Time NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (1951-1954)
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1995
- Banner honored by Los Angeles Lakers

Other Awards & Honors:

- Named as one of the 10 best coaches in the history of the NBA (1996)
- Awarded NBA Championship ring by Los Angeles Lakers (2002)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Received my card back signed and personalized and he included an additional 9 photocopied articles and pictures, each of them signed.

Sent: 6/14/17
Received: 7/8/17

Mike Woodson

(1958 - )

Birth Name: Michael Dean Woodson

Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN, USA

NBA player and coach, best known for his time with the King organization in Kansas City and Sacramento. He is currently as assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

NCAA:

Guard (G):

- Indiana Hoosiers (1976-1980)
- 1 Time NIT Champion
- 1 Time Big Ten Champion
- 2 Time All-American
- Big Ten Player of the Year (1980)
- Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1992

NBA:

Forward (F)/Guard (G):

- New York Knicks (1980-1981)
- New Jersey Nets (1982)
- Kansas City Kings (1982-1985)
- Sacramento Kings (1985-1986)
- Los Angeles Clippers (1986-1988)
- Houston Rockets (1988-1990)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (1991)

Coaching:

- Milwaukee Bucks (Assistant Coach) (1996-1999)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (Assistant Coach) (1999-2001)
- Philadelphia 76ers (Assistant Coach) (2001-2003)
- Detroit Pistons (Assistant Coach) (2003-2004)
- Atlanta Hawks (Head Coach) (2004-2010)
- New York Knicks (Assistant Coach) (2011-2012)
- New York Knicks (Head Coach) (2012-2014)
- Los Angeles Clippers (Assistant Coach) (2014-present)
- 1 Time Eastern Champion (2004)
- 1 Time NBA Champion (2004)

Accolades (Indiana Hoosiers):

- #5 Points, Career (2,061)

Accolades (Sacramento Kings):

- #8 Steals, Career (564)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Atlanta, GA. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 6/12/17
Received: 7/8/17