6/28/08 - A.J. Foyt
AJ Foyt is probably the greatest Indy car driver in history, so I was glad to get his signature on these issues. His autograph looks pretty different between the two. His website said that they don't accept autograph requests through the mail, but I guess they do.
6/26/08 - Maurice Cheeks
The coolest thing Maurice Cheeks did was when he helped the little girl who forgot the words to the National Anthem a few years ago while he was coaching the Trail Blazers. The second coolest thing Maurice Cheeks did was to sign my SI request!
6/23/08 - Billy Sims
This was another second time request. It was cool that he added the '78 Heisman and the '80 ROY inscriptions. The 1980 cover is a pretty sweet looking shot in my opinion.
6/23/08 - Billie Jean King
6/20/08 - Dixie Smith Luque
This one was a little random and took a little bit of detective work to locate, but turned out a success. I just Googled some of the names and I found a business address for Dixie Smith Luque, so I mailed it to her office. It's always a little difficult with females because their last names could have changed. I thought her response to my comment in the letter I included was interesting.
6/14/08 - Herschel Walker
This was a third time request. Herschel has always returned his requests quickly, and now I finally have all of his SI covers autographed. Notice how there is a greeting on each cover. Probably the best signer I have dealt with through the mail.
6/11/08 - Jim McMahon
6/11/08 - Bobby Bonilla
6/9/08 - Bonnie Blair
A second time success from the Olympic champion. The blue Sharpie looks pretty cool against the stark white background of the second cover.
6/7/08 - Jim Craig
6/6/08 - Mike Rozier
6/5/08 - Todd Marinovich
This was the first magazine I received back after resuming the hobby after taking a few months off. Todd Marinovich grew up locally and was a little bit older than me, so I remember reading a lot about him. His dad groomed him to be a professional football player, never allowing him to eat processed sugars, Big Macs or even drink a Coke.
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