Wow, that’s amazing. You got Picabo Street and Alberto Tomba to autograph the same poster!

I've written about my colleague Danny some time ago. Danny is an accomplished skier, and for a time, he had a poster in his office that was a split-screen of Picabo Street and Alberto Tomba, and autographed by both skiers.

I remarked, "Wow, that's amazing. You got Picabo Street and Alberto Tomba to autograph the same poster!"

Danny copped to the truth.

"Well, sort of. That autograph of Picabo Street is authentic. After she signed her name on her half of the poster, I asked her to forge Alberto Tomba's signature on the other half."

Comments (10)
  1. 12BitSlab says:

    I have never been asked to forge someone else’s autograph. But, then again, I’ve never been asked for my own autograph!

  2. Andrew says:

    I feel bad that there are no comments yet. So here is one.

  3. Dave says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but couldn’t you just get one of them to autograph it, then take it to the other and get them to autograph it too? Autograph hunters have been doing this for years, a friend of mine has a book with autographs from John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, Leonardo da Vinci, William the Conqueror, and Augustus Caesar, all collected by him in person.

    1. AlexShalimov says:

      An autograph from John Lennon?! Impossible!

      1. Tanveer Badar says:

        Even more amusing, from Da Vinci? Did he get to be beta tester of that time machine MSR is working on?

        1. Dave says:

          What’s even more remarkable is that Lennon, Reagan, Einstein, da Vinci, and Caesar and the rest all have the same handwriting, which in turn is remarkably similar to my friends’. Who’d have thought?

    2. Exactly. That’s what I thought he did: Got a poster signed by one of the skiers, then saved that poster until he had a chance to meet the other one. This means the inconvenience of carrying a poster tube to the second signing (because posters are easily damaged). But it turns out that’s not how he did it.

  4. Matteo Italia says:

    A real Tomba fan actually would have asked for an autograph over the movie poster of “Alex l’Ariete”, the terrible film where Tomba – who isn’t definitely able to act – is the main actor (it’s “reading from the script on screen”-bad level). That would probably be worth something, given that the movie was retired maybe three days after launch, its movie posters probably are something of a rarity.

  5. Mark S says:

    I’m amazed the 11-year old NPR links in the referenced post (even the RealMedia one) still work.

  6. florian says:

    Thanks, nice tip, will ask you to forge Bill Gate’s signature on my Raymond and Bill poster, the next time I meet you ;-)

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