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Old 15th June 2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Personally signed Randi poster?

Hullo, I wonder if anyone could shed light on my experience...

Back in December, the JREF was offering a signed Randi poster "Levitation" for donating at a certain level. I was feeling generous and took Mr. Randi up on the offer.

Early in January, I received back an e-mail from Mr. Grothe thanking me, in which he asked "How would you like your poster from Randi personally inscribed?" I replied that Mr. Randi could inscribe what he liked, as long as he spelled my name right.

A month went by, and no poster. So I inquired of Mr. Grothe, and he said he would "confirm this was taken care of". A few weeks later he said "we will make sure to take care of this soon".

April came along, and I inquired again... asked if I can claim the one million prize for holding my breath that long. I also asked if they just ran out of posters. No response to that one, nor to another query a month later.

I'm not really as pissed as I sound, but I do feel a bit put off that nobody even wants to talk to me anymore. Doesn't seem a very good way to treat a donor.

So I'm curious... did anyone received signed posters, or am I just the unlucky one?
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Old 17th June 2014, 04:54 PM   #2
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Just to post a follow up... I did get DJ's attention, and he's chagrined about my delayed poster. Says he will follow up ASAP. Thanks DJ.
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Old 7th August 2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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And another update. I did get DJ's attention back in June, but it's been 7 more weeks and still no "personally signed Randi poster". My latest e-mail to him was ignored. Sigh... I guess it's time to give up. But I'm still curious how many folks took up the donation offer, and whether anyone else actually received such a poster.
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Old 7th August 2014, 12:27 PM   #4
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Perhaps you can recant on your "inscribe what he liked" statement and ask him instead to sign it "Forums? What forums?"
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Old 7th August 2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by madurobob View Post
Perhaps you can recant on your "inscribe what he liked" statement and ask him instead to sign it "Forums? What forums?"
<snort>

Considering Randi's age, and other commitments, I would have been a little skeptical of receiving a personally inscribed poster, though you certainly did act in good faith, sorry.
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Old 7th August 2014, 02:20 PM   #6
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Considering Randi's age, and other commitments, I would have been a little skeptical of receiving a personally inscribed poster, though you certainly did act in good faith, sorry.
Making an offer and then not following through isn't the way to foster donor loyalty or good will. Didn't occur to me that I should've been skeptical of, "Don't miss this chance to have a very special gift from Randi... !"
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Old 7th August 2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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Making an offer and then not following through isn't the way to foster donor loyalty or good will. Didn't occur to me that I should've been skeptical of, "Don't miss this chance to have a very special gift from Randi... !"
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Old 7th August 2014, 03:46 PM   #8
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Randi will happily sign it, I'm sure. But someone needs to get him the poster and then send it out. I agree it should have been done months ago. Hope Sharon can help.
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Old 7th August 2014, 03:53 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Teamonger View Post
Making an offer and then not following through isn't the way to foster donor loyalty or good will. Didn't occur to me that I should've been skeptical of, "Don't miss this chance to have a very special gift from Randi... !"
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It was a joke, I apologize for lack of <sarcasm> tags.
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Old 7th August 2014, 05:48 PM   #10
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I will try Sharon, thanks Rem.
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Old 7th August 2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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Sharon says, "We will be sure to arrange this when [Randi] gets back." Thanks for the tip Rem.
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Old 21st August 2014, 01:02 PM   #12
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Just wanted to say, happy ending! I finally received my Randi poster, very pleased with it. Also got a call from Mr. Randi last week, much appreciated. We chatted for some time, I mentioned how I had been slightly involved in his faith healer investigations back in the day.

Text on the 18x24" poster reads:
The Amazing Randi
The Levitation of a Living Woman in Mid Air

Randi inscribed it as I had asked,
"Thanks for waiting! Patience is a virtue in any skeptic!"

So now I need to find a frame, pronto. Thanks for listening to my saga...
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Old 21st August 2014, 03:46 PM   #13
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Yay!
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Old 21st August 2014, 04:46 PM   #14
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Good to hear, Teamonger! That was nice of Randi to call.
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Old 22nd August 2014, 09:02 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Teamonger View Post
Just wanted to say, happy ending! I finally received my Randi poster, very pleased with it. Also got a call from Mr. Randi last week, much appreciated. We chatted for some time, I mentioned how I had been slightly involved in his faith healer investigations back in the day.

Text on the 18x24" poster reads:
The Amazing Randi
The Levitation of a Living Woman in Mid Air

Randi inscribed it as I had asked,
"Thanks for waiting! Patience is a virtue in any skeptic!"

So now I need to find a frame, pronto. Thanks for listening to my saga...
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So glad to hear that, Teamonger. How cool to have a personal inscription.

Looks like when I have a problem I will email Sharon.
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Old 30th October 2014, 06:47 PM   #16
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Glad to hear that you got your poster, Teamonger. That call was very nice, an extra to make up for something going wrong.
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