Sunday, February 26, 2017

Darrin Madeley

(1968 - )

Birth Name: Darrin R. Madeley

Birthplace: Holland Landing, ON, Canada

NHL player, developmental coach and high school administrator, best known for his time with the Ottawa Senators. He is currently the Director of Hockey at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, IL.

Juniors:

Goaltender (G):

- Richmond Hill Dynes (1987) (Ontario Junior Hockey League)
- Richmond Hill Dynes (1987-1989) (Central Ontario Junior Hockey League)

NCAA:

Goaltender (G):

- Lake Superior State Lakers (1989-1992)
- 1 Time NCAA National Champion
- 1 Time NCAA Frozen Four
- 1 Time CCHA Champion
- 2 Time CCHA Tournament Champion
- 2 Time AHCA West First-Team All-American
- 2 Time All-CCHA First Team
- 1 Time All-CCHA Second Team
- All-CCHA Rookie Team (1990)
- 2 Time CCHA All-Tournament Team (1991-1992)
- All-NCAA All-Tournament Team (1992)

Minors:

Goaltender (G):

- New Haven Senators (1992-1993) (American Hockey League)
- Prince Edward Island Senators (1994; 1995) (American Hockey League)
- Detroit Vipers (1994; 1995-1996) (International Hockey League)
- Saint John Flames (1996-1997) (American Hockey League)
- Richmond Renegades (1998) (ECHL)
- Pensacola Ice Pilots (1998-1999) (ECHL)

NHL:

Goaltender (G):

- Ottawa Senators (1993-1994)

Foreign:

Goaltender (G):

- TPS Turku (1997) (SM-Liiga - Finland)
- Star Bulls Rosenheim GmbH (1998) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)

Coaching:

- USA Hockey National Development Program (Assistant Coach) (2001-2005)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of Lake Forest Academy. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 2/9/17
Received: 2/24/17

Rick Zombo

(1963 - )

Birth Name: Richard James Zombo

Birthplace: Des Plaines, IL, USA

NHL player, junior league coach, NCAA coach and comic book artist, best known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings. He is currently the head men's ice hockey coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Austin Mavericks (1980-1981) (United States Hockey League)

NCAA:

Defenseman (D):

- North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1981-1984)
- 1 Time NCAA National Champion
- 2 Time NCAA Frozen Four
- 1 Time WCHA Champion
- 1 Time All-WCHA Second Team
- University of North Dakota Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame Class of 2006 (as 1981-1982 Men's Hockey Team)

Minors:

Defenseman (D):

- Adirondack Red Wings (1984-1986) (American Hockey League)
- Phoenix Roadrunners (1996) (International Hockey League)
- Calder Cup Champion (1986) (AHL Champion)
- F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy (1986) (AHL North Division Regular Season Champion)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- Detroit Red Wings (1985; 1986-1991)
- St. Louis Blues (1991-1995)
- Boston Bruins (1995-1996)

Coaching:

- St. Louis Sting (Head Coach) (1998-2001) (North American Hockey League)
- St. Louis Heartland Eagles (Head Coach) (2003-2004) (United States Hockey League)
- Lindenwood Lions (Assistant Coach) (2008-2010) (NCAA)
- Lindenwood Lions (Head Coach) (2010-present) (NCAA)
- 3 Time Amerian Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1 Champion (2009-2010, 2016)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of Lindenwood University. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 2/6/17
Received: 2/24/17

Tim Young (Ice Hockey)

(1955 - )

Birth Name: Timothy Michael Young

Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, Canada

NHL player, best known for his time with the Minnesota North Stars.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Ottawa 67's (1973-1974) (Ontario Hockey Association)
- Ottawa 67's (1974-1975) (Ontario Major Junior Hockey League)

Minors:

Center (C):

- New Haven Nighthawks (1975)
- Hershey Bears (1984-1985)

NHL:

Center (C):

- Minnesota North Stars (1975-1983)
- Winnipeg Jets (1983-1984)
- Philadelphia Flyers (1985)
- 1 Time Prince of Wales Champion

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

Sent: 2/7/17
Received: 2/24/17

Rod Woodson

(1965 - )

Birth Name: Roderick Kevin Woodson

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, IN, USA

NFL player, broadcaster and coach, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is currently the assistant defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders.

NCAA:

Cornerback (CB):

- Purdue Boilermakers (1983-1986)
- 1 Time Peach Bowl
- 2 Time First-Team All-American (Football - Defensive Back)
- 1 Time First-Team All-American (Football - Kick Returner)
- 2 Time All-American (Track & Field)
- 3 Time All-Big Ten
- Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2003 (Football, Track & Field)
- College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016

NFL:

Cornerback (CB):

- Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-1996)
- San Francisco 49ers (1997)
- Baltimore Ravens (1998-2001)
- Oakland Raiders (2002-2003)
- 1 Time Super Bowl Champion
- 3 Time AFC Champion
- 11 Time Pro Bowl
- 6 Time First-Team All-Pro
- 2 Time Second-Team All-Pro
- NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team member
- NFL 1990s All-Decade Team member
- AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1993)
- NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1993)
- 2 Time NFL Interceptions Leader (1999, 2002)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Rankings:

- College Football News 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century list
- #87 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players (1999)
- #22 on the USA Today list of the 25 Best Football Players of the Past 25 Years (2007)

NFL Records:

- Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns, Career: 12

Team Awards & Records (Pittsburgh Steelers):

- All-Time Team member
- 3 Time Team MVP (1988, 1990, 1993)

Other Awards & Honors:

- USA Today High School All-American (1982)
- 110m hurdles World Junior Leader (1984)
- 110m hurdles World U23 Leader (1987)
- Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011
- Big Ten Networks "Mount Rushmore of Purdue Football" (2014)
Coaching:

- Oakland Raiders (Cornerbacks Coach) (2011)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (Intern Coach) (2013)
- Oakland Raiders (Assistant Defensive Backs Coach) (2015-present)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and two trading cards care of the Oakland Raiders. Received both cards back signed.

Sent: 11/9/15
Received: 2/24/17

Jason Bonsignore

(1976 - )

Birth Name: Jason M. Bonsignore

Birthplace: Rochester, NY, USA

NHL player, best known for his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Newmarket Royals (1992-1993) (Ontario Hockey League)
- Niagara Falls Thunder (1993-1994) (Ontario Hockey League)
- Sudbury Wolves (1994-1995) (Ontario Hockey League)

NHL:

Center (C):

- Edmonton Oilers (1995)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (1997-1998)

Minors:

Center (C):

- Cape Breton Oilers (1995) (American Hockey League)
- Hamilton Bulldogs (1996-1997) (American Hockey League)
- San Antonio Dragons (1997-1998) (International Hockey League)
- Cleveland Lumberjacks (1998-1999) (International Hockey League)
- St. John's Maple Leafs (1999-2000) (International Hockey League)
- Springfield Falcons (2002-2003) (American Hockey League)
- Lowell Lock Monsters (2003) (American Hockey League)
- South Carolina Stingrays (2003; 2004) (ECHL)
- Las Vegas Wranglers (2004) (ECHL)
- Fresno Falcons (2007) (ECHL)
- Trenton Devils (2007-2008) (ECHL)
- Richard F. Canning Trophy (1997) (AHL Northern Conference Playoff Champion)

Foreign:

Center (C):

- EHC Biel (2003) (National League B - Switzerland)
- Lahti Pelicans (2005) (SM-Liiga - Finland)
- Ilves (2005) (SM-Liiga - Finland)

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

Sent: 2/9/17
Received: 2/24/17

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cate Blanchett

(1969 - )

Birth Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, VIC, Australia

Screen, television and stage actress. With her portrayal of Katherine Hepburn, she became the only actress to win an Oscar portraying another Oscar-winning actor.

Partial Filmography:

- Elizabeth (1998)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
- The Gift (2000)
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy (3 films; 2001-2003)
- The Aviator (2004)
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
- Little Fish (2005)
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
- Robin Hood (2010)
- The Hobbit trilogy (3 films; 2012-2014)
- Blue Jasmine (2014)
- The Monuments Men (2014)

Award Nominations:

- 1 Time AARP Movies for Grownups Award
- 4 Time Academy Award
- 7 Time ACCA Award
- 1 Time AFCA Award
- 1 Time AFI (Australia) Award
- 1 Time AFI (USA) Award
- 1 Time ALFS Award
- 3 Time BAFTA Film Award
- 1 Time Blockbuster Entertainment Award
- 1 Time British Independent Film Award
- 1 Time BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award
- 1 Time BTVA Television Voice Acting Award
- 3 Time CFCA Award
- 3 Time Chlotrudis Award
- 1 Time CinEuphoria Award
- 3 Time COFCA Award
- 9 Time Critics Choice Award
- 1 Time DFCS (Denver) Award
- 2 Time DFCS (Detroit) Award
- 2 Time EDA Award
- 4 Time Empire Award
- 1 Time FCCA Award
- 1 Time FFCC Award
- 9 Time Gold Derby Award
- 6 Time Golden Globe
- 3 Time Golden Satellite Award
- 2 Time Golden Schmoes Award
- 2 Time Gotham Independent Film Award
- 1 Time Guardian Film Award
- 3 Time HFCS Award
- 1 Time ICP Award
- 2 Time ICS Award
- 2 Time IFTA Award
- 1 Time IFTA Audience Award
- 2 Time Independent Spirit Award
- 1 Time INOCA Award
- 2 Time IOFCP Award
- 2 Time IOMA Award
- 3 Time Jupiter Award
- 1 Time KCFCC Award
- 1 Time MTV Movie Award
- 1 Time National Movie Award
- 1 Time NCFCA Award
- 2 Time OFCS Award
- 5 Time OFTA Film Award
- 1 Time PCC Award
- 1 Time People's Choice Award
- 3 Time PFCS Award
- 3 Time Satellite Award
- 4 Time Saturn Award
- 1 Time Scream Award
- 11 Time Screen Actors Guild Award
- 2 Time SFCA Award
- 1 Time SFFCC Award
- 1 Time SFX Award
- 1 Time Sierra Award
- 6 Time SLFCA Award
- 3 Time Teen Choice Award
- 1 Time TFCA Award
- 3 Time VFCC Award
- 2 Time VVFP Award
- 2 Time WAFCA Award
- 2 Time WFCC Award

Awards & Honors Won:

- AFI Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - 1997)
- ACCA Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role - 1998)
- BSFC Award (Best Actress - 1998) 3rd Place
- FCCA Award (Best Supporting Actor - Female - 1998)
- Sierra Award (Most Promising Actress - 1998)
- TFCA Award (Best Performance, Female - 1998) 
- ALFS Award (Actress of the Year - 1999)
- BAFTA Film Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - 1999)
- CFCA Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- Chlotrudis Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- Critics Choice Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- DFWFCA Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- Empire Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - 1999)
- Golden Satellite Award (Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - 1999)
- NSFC Award (Best Actress - 1999) 2nd Place
- OFCS Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- OFTA Film Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- OFTA Film Award (Best Drama Actress - 1999)
- SEFCA Award (Best Actress - 1999)
- ACCA Award (Best Cast Ensemble - 2001)
- NBR Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2001)
- SDFCS Award (Best Actress - 2001) 2nd Place
- Chlotrudis Audience Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2002)
- FFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2002)
- Golden Camera Award (Best International Actress - 2002)
- PFCS Award (Best Acting Ensemble - 2002)
- ACCA Award (Best Cast Ensemble - 2003)
- Centenary Medal (2003)
- NBR Award (Best Acting by an Ensemble - 2003)
- OFCS Award (Best Ensemble - 2003)
- PFCS Award (Best Acting Ensemble - 2003)
- ACCA Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role - 2004)
- BSFC Award (Best Ensemble Cast - 2004) 2nd Place
- BSFC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004) 3rd Place
- Critics Choice Award (Best Acting Ensemble - 2004)
- Gold Derby Award (Ensemble Cast - 2004)
- KCFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004)
- LAFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004) 2nd Place
- NYFCO Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004)
- Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - 2004)
- SLFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004)
- UFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004)
- WAFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2004)
- WIN Award (Film Actress - 2004)
- Academy Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - 2005)
- AFI Award (Best Lead Actress - 2005)
- BAFTA Film Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - 2005)
- COFCA Award (Actress of the Year - 2005)
- DFWFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005) 2nd Place
- FCCA Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role - 2005)
- Gold Derby Award (Supporting Actress - 2005)
- IF Award (Best Actress - 2005)
- IOMA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005)
- News Limited Readers' Choice Award (2005)
- NSFC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005) 2nd Place
- OFCS Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005)
- OFTA Film Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005)
- Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - 2005)
- Sierra Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2005
- ACCA Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role - 2006)
- DFWFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2006)
- EDA Female Focus Award (Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry - 2006)
- Elle Women in Hollywood Icon Award (2006)
- FFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2006)
- Gotham Independent Film Award (Best Ensemble Cast - 2006)
- OFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2006)
-  PFCS Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - 2006)
- Premiere Magazine Icon Award (2006)
- SDFCS Award (Best Ensemble Performance - 2006)
- TFCA Award (Best Supporting Performance, Female - 2007) 
- ACCA Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role - 2007) 2nd Place
- BSFC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- CFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007)
- DFCC Award (Best Actress - 2007) 3rd Place
- DFWFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 3rd Place
- ICP Award (Best Supporting Performance - 2007)
- LAFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- NYFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- NYFCO Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007)
- PSIFF Career Achievement Award (2007)
- PSIFF Ensemble Cast Award (2007)
- SDFCS Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- SEFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- Sierra Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007)
- TFCA Award (Best Supporting Performance, Female - 2007)
- UFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007) 2nd Place
- VFCC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007)
- Volpi Cup (Best Actress - 2007)
- VVFP Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2007)
- WFCC Award (Female's Right to Male Roles in Movies - 2007)
- AFI International Award (Best Actress - 2008)
- Chlotrudis Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- COFCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - 2008)
- Independent Spirit Award (Best Supporting Female - 2008)
- INOCA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- IOMA Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- NSFC Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- OFTA Film Award (Best Supporting Actress - 2008)
- Robert Altman Award (2008)
- Sant Jordi Award (Best Foreign Actress - 2008)
- SBIFF Award (Modern Master Award - 2008)
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (2008)
- Honorary Doctor of Letters (University of New South Wales - 2009)
- SESC Film Festival Critics Award (Best Foreign Actress - 2009)
- Gold Derby Award (Performer of the Decade - 2010) 3rd Place
- Elle Women in Hollywood Woman of the Year Award (2012)
- Honorary Doctor of Letters (University of Sydney - 2012)
- Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (2012)
- ACCA Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role - 2013)
- BOFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- BSFC Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- CFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- Cinema Bloggers Award (Best Actress - International Competition - 2013)
- DFCC Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- DFWFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- EDA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- FFCC Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- Gala Tribute Award (2013)
- Golden Schmoes Award (Best Actress of the Year - 2013) 2nd Place
- ICP Award (Best Lead Performance - 2013) 3rd Place
- IGN Award (Best Movie Actress - 2013)
- LAFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- NYFCC Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- NYFCO Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- OFCS Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- PFCS Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role - 2013)
- Satellite Award (Best Actress in a Motion Picture - 2013)
- SDFCS Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- SEFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- SFFCC Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- SLFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- TFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- UFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013) 2nd Place
- VVFP Award (Best Actress - 2013) 2nd Place
- WAFCA Award (Best Actress - 2013)
- AACTA International Award (Best Lead Actress - 2014)
- Academy Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - 2014)
- ALFS Award (Actress of the Year - 2014)
- BAFTA Film Award (Best Leading Actress - 2014)
- CCOP Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- CinEuphoria Award (Best Actress - International Competition - 2014)
- Critics Choice Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- Crystal Award (2014)
- DFCS Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- Dorian Award (Film Performance of the Year - Actress - 2014)
- GFCA Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- Gold Derby Award (Lead Actress - 2014)
- Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - 2014)
- Guardian Film Award (Best Actor - 2014)
- Honorary Doctor of Letters (Macquarie University - 2014)
- IFC Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- Independent Spirit Award (Best Female Lead - 2014)
- IOMA Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- NCFCA Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- NSFC Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- OFCC Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- OFTA Film Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- RAFA Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- SBIFF Award (Outstanding Performer of the Year - 2014)
- Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - 2014)
- VFCC Award (Best Actress - 2014)
- AACTA Longford Lyell Award (2015)
- British Film Institute Fellowship (2015)
- BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award (Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film - 2015)
- DFWFCA Award (Best Actress - 2015) 2nd Place
- IOFCP Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role - 2015)
- Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award (2015)
- OFCS Award (Best Actress - 2015)
- AACTA International Award (Best Lead Actress - 2016)
- Costume Designers Guild Lacoste Spotlight Award (2016)
- Desert Palm Achievement Award (2016)
- Dorian Award (Film Performance of the Year - Actress - 2016)
- Spotlight Award (2016)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a photograph care of the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York, NY where she was performing in "The Present". Received my photo back signed.

Sent: 1/11/17
Received: 2/22/17

Norm Ullman

(1935 - )

Birth Name: Norman Victor Alexander Ullman

Birthplace: Provost, AB, Canada

NHL and WHA player, best known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings. Regarded as one of the top centers in NHL history, as well as one of the finest stick handlers and paramount forecheckers. He is the uncle of ballet dancer and choreographer Darren Anderson.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Edmonton Oil Kings (1952-1954) (Western Canada Junior Hockey League)
- 1 Time WCJHL Champion (1954)

Minors:

Center (C):

- Edmonton Flyers (1954-1955) (Western Hockey League)
- 1 Time Lester Patrick Cup Champion (1955) (WHL Champion)

NHL:

Center (C):

- Detroit Red Wings (1955-1968)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (1968-1975)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion
- 10 Time NHL All-Star Game
- 1 Time First All-Star Team
- 1 Time Second All-Star Team
- NHL Goals Leader (1965)
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1982

World Hockey Association:

Center (C):

- Edmonton Oilers (1975-1977)

Sent a letter, return envelope, trading card and $1 return postage care of his residence in Unionville, ON. Received my card back signed and personalized, along with an additional signed and personalized 3.5 x 5.5 photo.

Sent: 2/17/17
Received: 2/22/17