Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jerry West Book Signing

Jerry West made an appearance at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica to sign copies and talk about his new book "West by West". Jerry was interviewed by sportscaster Jim Gray at this event. Jim asked Jerry many questions about his new book and his life on and off the court. Jerry discussed his relationships with Shaq, Kobe, Magic, Kareem and talked about the current NBA lockout.

The most odd question that Jim Gray asked Jerry during the interview was what he thought about the current scandal going on at Penn State. Jerry answered the question even though It had nothing to do with the book. The funniest moment came when Jerry made a joke about him not getting royalties from "The Logo". The interview lasted about one hour and was very entertaining.

I probably would of attended this event just for Jim Gray. Jim has been in broadcasting from the time that I was in diapers. He has done television and radio broadcasts for the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals to name a few. He also recently interviewed Barack Obama.

During the interview someone from the audience passed out. Jim Gray called for a short recess so the person could get help. During the break Jim and Jerry talked to audience members.

After the interview Jerry went to a table and signed autographs for the fans.

Here I am with "The Logo".

After the event Jim mingled with people in the audience. To be honest I was more excited to meet Jim Gray than Jerry West.

Here is a short video of the signing.

Event Recap:
  • People in line? Less than 100.
  • Free signing? Free with the purchase of the book.
  • Price of the book? $30.58 with tax.
  • Outside items? Jerry signed every outside item that fans had. Someone I know had 3 jerseys signed.

Thanks to the Milken Institute, Jim Gray and Jerry West for this event.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Lester Hayes Autograph Signing

"Lester The Molester" Hayes made appearances over the weekend at a Kmart in Indio. Lester would sign autographs with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Hospital. I knew it would be an easy autograph so I decided to take the trip. It was the first time I had ever been out to the desert for a signing.

When I arrived at Kmart "Lester The Molester " was all alone. It gave me the opportunity to talk to him for about ten minutes. We talked about football and his charity. He mentioned he wasn't very happy with the current play of a Raider's defensive back but didn't want to give any names. I then got my items signed and headed home. I love events like this. No camping out or waiting in long lines.

Signing Recap:
  • People in line? Zero.
  • Free signing? No. Prices ranged from $5-$50 depending on the item.
  • Giveaways? None.
  • Which Kmart location? Indio, CA.

Lester had a huge setup of photos, cards, plaques and jerseys.

Here are Lester's plaques that were for sale.

Lester wore his Super Bowl XV and XVlll rings.
He let me take a close up picture of his bling bling.

Thanks to Lester Hayes and Kmart for this appearance.