A few book signing stories.
Pele was being advertised as signing at barnes and noble in NY 4 years ago to promote his book and world cup in brazil. I got there 2 hrs early and line was around the block and then some. Pele came late. His people kept walking around saying thank you for coming and Pele will sign everything. Yeah, he signed for 1/2 hr and ran out of there. Luckily I was near the front door and could return my book before the stampede.
Tina Louise had a book signing for her childrens book. A real pile of excrement book. There was a big sign when you walked in, Tina will NOT sign anything besides her book.
Jimmy Carter signed up to 5 extra books if you brought them to his book signing. You had to go through a tunnel of secret service agents who were very professional and very thorough. Not a bad deal if you bought the books used for $1 at used book store.
I had rowdy roddy piper sign his real name reginald tooms in his book. He had a smile on his face the whole time, loved meeting his fans. He would sign anything, but paused at each item to reflect on a memory.
At superstar billy grahams book signing, I was first in line. A reporter asked me how long I was waiting. I replied "40 years". Not bad for off the top of my head.
He also signed all 3 of his action figures for me.
I brought an action figure to brooke shields book signing. I was last in line. Her manager sees the figure and leaps up, no extra autographs, only the book. Yeah, thats what I wanted, a book on post partum depression. I caught her going out the back and she wouldn't sign. She just said I should sell the figure on ebay. Thanks Brooke. A few years later I saw her try and get into a boxing match at madison square garden, but VIP security didn't know who she was and wouldn't let her in. I did get her to sign an index card as she was walking away.
I went to a adam corolla book signing. My neighbor/ friend loved the movie Hammer, so I had corolla sign the poster and gave it to him for christmas.
raquel welch would only sign her book. she said to send everything else to her fan club. At least I got to meet her. Still hot.