Friday, May 26, 2017

Bette Midler

(1945 - )

Birth Name: Bette Davis Midler

Birthplace: Honolulu, HI, USA

Film, television and stage actress, singer, songwriter and film producer.

Partial Filmography:

- The Rose (1979)
- Divine Madness! (1980)
- Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
- Ruthless People (1986)
- Outrageous Fortune (1987)
- Beaches (1988)
- Big Business (1988)
- For the Boys (1991)
- Gypsy (Miniseries: 1993)
- Get Shorty (1995)
- Hocus Pocus (1995)
- The First Wives Club (1995)
- Bette (TV Series: 2000-2001)

Award Nominations:

- 1 Time AARP Movies for Grownups Award
- 2 Time Academy Award
- 2 Time American Comedy Award
- 1 Time BAFTA Film Award
- 2 Time CableACE Award
- 1 Time CFCA Award
- 3 Time Drama Desk Award
- 1 Time Golden Apple Award
- 4 Time Golden Globe
- 1 Time Golden Satellite Award
- 9 Time Grammy Award
- 1 Time Kids' Choice Award
- 1 Time MTV VMA
- 1 Time NSFC Award
- 1 Time NYFCC Award
- 1 Time OFTA Film Award
- 4 Time People's Choice Award
- 5 Time Primetime Emmy
- 2 Time Razzie Award
- 1 Time Saturn Award
- 3 Time Stinker Award
- 1 Time Tony Award
- 1 Time TV Guide Award

Awards & Honors Won:

- Grammy Award (Best New Artist - 1974)
- Tony Award (Special Award - 1974)
- Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year (1976)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music - 1978)
- Grammy Award (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - 1981)
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (1985)
- Women in Film Jack Oakie Comedy Award (1985)
- American Cinematheque Award (1987)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) - 1987)
- American Comedy Award (Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy - 1987)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) - 1988)
- ShoWest Award (Female Star of the Year - 1988)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) - 1989)
- People's Choice Award (Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress - 1989)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) - 1990)
- Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - 1990)
- Golden Globe Award (New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female - 1990)
- Grammy Award (Record of the Year - 1990)
- Golden Globe Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - 1992)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - 1992)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication - 1993)
- Golden Globe Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - 1994)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - 1996)
- NBR Award (Best Acting by an Ensemble - 1996)
- Women in Film Crystal Award (1997)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program - 1997)
- American Comedy Award (Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication - 1998)
- OFTA Television Award (Best Actress in a New Comedy Series - 2001)
- People's Choice Award (Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series - 2001)
- TV Guide Award (Actress of the Year in a New Series - 2001)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a photograph care of the Shubert Theatre in New York, NY where she was performing in "Hello Dolly!" Received my photo back unsigned with a signed and personalized photo of her own instead.

Sent: 3/13/17
Received: 5/26/17

Jim Johnson (Ice Hockey, Born 1962)

(1962 - )

Birth Name: James Erik Johnson

Birthplace: New Hope, MN, USA

NHL player and coach, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers.

NCAA:

Defenseman (D):

- Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (1981-1985)
- 2 Time NCAA Frozen Four
- 2 Time WCHA Champion
- 2 Time WCHA Tournament Champion
- UMD Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- Pittsburgh Penguins (1985-1990)
- Minnesota North Stars (1990-1993)
- Dallas Stars (1993-1994)
- Washington Capitals (1994-1996)
- Phoenix Coyotes (1996-1997)
- 1 Time Clarence Campbell Champion

Coaching:

- Washington Capitals (Assistant Coach) (2011-2012)
- San Jose Sharks (Assistant Coach) (2012-2015)
- Edmonton Oilers (Assistant Coach) (2015-present)

Accolades (Pittsburgh Penguins:

- Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Good Guy Award (1989)

Sent a letter, return envelope, trading card and $1 return postage care of the Edmonton Oilers. Received my card back signed and personalized and he also wrote me a note answering my question about playing with the Stars when they moved from Minnesota to Dallas.

Sent: 1/21/17
Received: 5/26/17

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mark Littell

(1953 - )

Birth Name: Mark Alan Littell

Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

MLB player and coach and minor league coach, best known for his time with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Billings Mustangs (1971) (Pioneer League)
- Waterloo Royals (1972) (Midwest League)
- Omaha Royals (1973-1975) (American Association)
- Springfield Redbirds (1981) (American Association)
- Louisville Redbirds (1982) (American Association)
- Stockton Ports (1994) (California League)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Kansas City Royals (1973; 1975-1977)
- St. Louis Cardinals (1978-1982)

Coaching:

- Watertown Indians (Pitching Coach) (1989) (New York-Penn League)
- Charleston Rainbows (Pitching Coach) (1990) (South Atlantic League)
- High Desert Mavericks (Pitching Coach) (1991) (California League)
- Stockton Ports (Pitching Coach) (1992-1994) (California League)
- Milwaukee Brewers (Roving Minor League Pitching Instructor) (1996)
- New Orleans Zephyrs (Pitching Coach) (1996) (American Association)
- Kansas City Royals (Roving Minor League Pitching Instructor) (1997-1999)
- San Antonio Missions (Pitching Coach) (2000) (Texas League)
- Ogden Raptors (Pitching Coach) (2002) (Pioneer League)
- Helena Brewers (Pitching Coach) (2003-2006) (Pioneer League)
- 2 Time California League Champion (1991-1992)

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

Sent: 3/10/17
Received: 5/25/17

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Goose Gossage

(1951 - )

Birth Name: Richard Michael Gossage

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, CO, USA

MLB player, best known for his time with the New York Yankees over two stints. One of the early manifestations of the dominating closer of the modern day. Acquired the nickname "Goose" due to his neck craning to get the signals from the catcher. His eight All-Star selections as a relief pitcher was a Major League record until broken by Mariano Rivera in 2008.

 Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- GCL White Sox (1970) (Gulf Coast League)
- Appleton Foxes (1970-1971; 1974) (Midwest League)
- Iowa Oaks (1973) (American Association)
- Oklahoma City 89ers (1991) (American Association)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Chicago White Sox (1972-1976)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1977)
- New York Yankees (1978-1983; 1989)
- San Diego Padres (1984-1987)
- Chicago Cubs (1988)
- San Francisco Giants (1989)
- Texas Rangers (1991)
- Oakland Athletics (1992-1993)
- Seattle Mariners (1994)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 2 Time AL Champion
- 1 Time NL Champion
- 9 Time All-Star
- AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1978)
- 3 Time AL Saves Leader (1975, 1978, 1980)
- 300 Saves Club (310) (August 6, 1988)

Accolades (MLB):

- #8 Games Finished, Career (681)
- #23 Saves, Career (310)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1993
- San Diego Hall of Champions - Breitbard Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- Honored with plaque at Monument Park (Bronx, NY) (2014)

Rankings:

- #89 on The Sporting News' list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope, trading card and $10 care of his residence in Colorado Springs, CO. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 5/11/17
Received: 5/23/17

Monday, May 22, 2017

P.J. Axelsson

(1975 - )

Birth Name: Anders Per-Johan Axelsson

Birthplace: Kungälv, Sweden

NHL player and executive, known for his tenure with the Boston Bruins. He is currently a scout for the Boston Bruins.

Foreign:

Left Winger (LW):

- Frölunda HC (1993-1997; 2004-2005; 2009-2012) (Elitserien - Sweden)

NHL:

Left Winger (LW):

- Boston Bruins (1997-2004; 2005-2009)

International (Team Sweden):

Left Winger (LW):

- 2001 IIHF World Championship (Germany - Bronze Medal)
- 2002 IIHF World Championship (Sweden - Bronze Medal)
- 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Silver Medal)
- 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships (Czech Republic - Silver Medal)
- 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin - Gold Medal)

Executive:

- Boston Bruins (Scout) (2012-present)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2013)
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (2014) (Most Regular Season Team Points)

Sent a letter, return envelope, trading card and $2 return postage care of his residence in Ytterby, Sweden. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 5/8/17
Received: 5/22/17

CDR Dr. Robert Ballard, Ph. D, USN, Ret.

(1942 - )

Birth Name: Robert Duane Ballard

Birthplace: Wichita, KS, USA

United States Naval and Army veteran, professor and a leading expert in the fields of underwater archaeology, marine archaeology and the archaeology of shipwrecks. He founded the Institute for Exploration in the 1990s and founded the Center for Ocean Exploration and Archaeological Discovery in 2003. He is currently a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island as well as Director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography also at the University of Rhode Island and leads expeditions on the E/V Nautilus.

Military Career:

- United State Army (1965 - 1967) (Commissioned as Second Lieutenant: O-1)
- United States Navy (1967-1995) (Retired as Commander: O-5)

Major Shipwrecks Discovered:

- RMS Titanic (1985)
- German Battleship Bismarck (1989)
- RMS Lusitania (1993)
- USS Yorktown (1998)
- PT-109 (2002)

Awards & Honors:

- Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Bath (Bath, SOM, England) (1988)
- Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (1990)
- Kilby International Award (1994)
- U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Lone Sailor Award (1996)
- National Maritime Museum Caird Medal (2002)
- National Humanities Medal (2003)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and two custom index cards care of the University of Rhode Island Department of Oceanography. Received both cards back signed.

Sent: 3/28/17
Received: 5/22/17

Ron Wilson (Ice Hockey, Born 1956)

(1956 - )

Birth Name: Ronald Lee Wilson

Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada

NHL player, minor league coach and junior league coach, best known for his time with the original Winnipeg Jets. He is currently an assistant coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Toronto Marlboros (1972-1974) (Ontario Hockey Association)
- Markham Waxers (1972-1975) (Manitoba Junior "B" Hockey League)
- St. Catharines Black Hawks (1975-1976) (Ontario Hockey Association)

Minors:

Center (C):

- Nova Scotia Voyageurs (1976-1979) (American Hockey League)
- Tulsa Oilers (1981-1982) (Central Hockey League)
- Sherbrooke Jets (1982-1984) (American Hockey League)
- Sherbrooke Canadiens (1986) (American Hockey League)
- Moncton Hawks (1988-1990) (American Hockey League)
- Detroit Vipers (1994) (International Hockey League)
- San Diego Gulls (1994-1995) (International Hockey League)
- Wheeling Thunderbirds (1995-1996) (ECHL)
- Calder Cup Champion (1977) (AHL Playoff Champion)
- F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy (1977) (AHL Regular Season Champion)

NHL:

Center (C):

- Winnipeg Jets (1979-1988)
- St. Louis Blues (1990-1993)
- Montreal Canadiens (1993-1994)

Coaching:

- Moncton Hawks (Player-Coach) (1988-1990) (American Hockey League)
- Springfield Falcons (Assistant Coach) (1996-2000) (American Hockey League)
- Saint John Flames (Assistant Coach) (2000-2002) (American Hockey League)
- Saint John Flames (Head Coach) (2002-2003) (American Hockey League)
- Hamilton Bulldogs (Assistant Coach) (2003-2009; 2011-2013) (American Hockey League)
- Hamilton Bulldogs (Interim Head Coach) (2009) (American Hockey League)
- Chicago Wolves (Assistant Coach) (2009-2011) (American Hockey League)
- Hamilton Bulldogs (Assistant Coach) (2015-present) (Ontario Hockey League)

Sent a letter, return envelope, trading card and $1 return postage care of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 1/27/17
Received: 5/22/17