Celebrity doodles and notes, ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 2004-2006
A friend of mine used to work for a sound studio that would rent out space for public radio interviews. Various celebrities would show up to have their conversations beamed around the country. The friend, who asked to remain anonymous, got into the habit of collecting the scribbled notes and doodles left behind by famous guests. He gave me permission to share some of the interesting ones.
US Senator John McCain
If only this guy had been able to better communicate his core values of "honor, purpose, and strength", he might be president today. In these notes, McCain wrote "so cal" to help him remember that KPCC is a public radio station in Southern California. It also looks like he may have been trying to make a point about baseball great Mickey Mantle.
Broadway Legend Tommy Tune
In 2005 Tommy Tune took to the airwaves to plug his touring song and dance show. Did you know that out of all the songs performed at the Orange Count/Costa Mesa show, the Beatles' number "When I'm Sixty-Four" was the secret surprise "wild card"? Wow.
Actor Liev Schreiber
I'm guessing Liev Schreiber was on the radio talking about his role in the remake of the Manchurian Candidate in 2004. These doodles make me think that he is a pretty chilled-out guy.
Writer Eliza G
Eliza is an author and journalist who writes about issues of global conflict and the war on terror. She's not a huge celebrity but her doodles are solid (I'm not printing her last name in case she doesn't want this in her Google results). During her radio interview in 2005, she expertly blended text notes with metaphorical illustrations. The plight of the Nepalese is highlighted by doodles of a black sheep, a spider web, and a wall of flames.
Also notice the contrast between "fat and happy" and "skinny and sad". The imagery evokes the disparities between rich and poor.
Actor Christian Bale
And finally, if there was ever any doubt, now we know with certainty -- Christian Bale is a serious guy.
As you can see, most celebrities are just like you and me. Thank you, anonymous friend, for sharing these fine doodles.
UPDATE: My friend's studio also rented out space to record voice-overs for commercials. This slip of paper was read by actor Alec Baldwin while recording an ad for a vegetarian restaurant in Florida. Baldwin has certainly made an amazing comeback in the last five years.
UPDATE 2: Of course these are real. Are you serious? If these were fakes, don't you think I would choose better celebrities and make the notes a lot more interesting? Tommy Tune? C'mon!
UPDATE 3: Welcome, Baleheads! Thanks for your interest in the Christian Bale discovery. Bale's doodle prompted an intense discussion on the IMDB messageboards.