There’s a certain thrill in a famous signature. It’s an excitement that can come from the experience of actually meeting the signer, from what the signature means in the memory, or in considering the financial worth of the investment.
Hero worship has been around since The Garden, and will always be a part of everyone’s psyche. As children we define our heroes, and as adults we codify those definitions maybe not as openly, but certainly unconsciously in our fantasies.
In The Garden it may have God or the other divine creature that was stirring up trouble. Over the years kings and warriors were heroes that generated worship. As literature began shaping culture fictional giant slayers and legendary world travelers were the recipients of beatification. In today’s world there are more honorary gods than there are people to worship at their feet. They are created by games, by performances, by tall tail tellers and producers, and by personal admiration.
People want any kind of attachment to the heroes they find in their cultures; be they from sports, entertainment, fantasy, or the political worlds. Autographs seem to be a significant way to make that attachment, particularly if one meets the beatified hero and gets at least a moment with them to remember. Autographs are our proof of that glorious moment. Continue reading