The Rock ‘n’ Roll Autograph Show was incorporated in 2012, but has been in the works for over 25 years!
Corky Byer, Founder
My name is Corky Byer, and I’m a devoted fan. A loving father. And I pay it forward.
My life started in a middle income Jewish suburban family in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My father owned a liquor store. As early as I can remember, I was taught to work hard and take risks. I chose to journey to Israel during my teens with my parents, connecting with my family’s roots and being the good son. It was during this time, far away from American society, that my inherent desire to connect with the motherland led me to the spirit of Rock n Roll, and I haven’t looked back since. I would search out artists and write to their record labels, hoping for any small hint of acknowledgement and recognition. And one day, I got something back…a Flash Cadillac album. And then I kept writing…onto Barry Manilow care of Arista records. Next thing I knew, I received a personal letter from Barry himself. Being his first Israeli fan letter, Barry felt inclined to reach out and we became pen pals. The letters kept going, and the autographs kept coming.
Yearning to return to the states and on the brink of becoming a man, I returned to California against my parent’s wishes. After losing my first job and having no source of support, at 18 I ended up on the streets of Los Angeles broke, homeless and living out of my car for six months. One day, someone knocked at my window. It was a lady named Susan Pierce, who owned a security company called West Coast Ranger Patrol. She offered me a job, gave me an apartment to live in, paid my start up expenses and advanced me a month’s salary. Susan Pierce likely saved my life.
My career eventually advanced out of security and into the finance industry, and then onto an entrepreneurial venture of building an antique mall. Over the years, as I received more, I gave more. And for the past 37 years, I have paid it forward in the name of Susan Pierce.
I am a collector of things because at one point I had nothing. If one is good, two is better, and if two is better then 10 is best. I’ve been collecting autographs and signed memorabilia for over 40 years. My collection includes over 7000 pieces, covering various fields of entertainment including music, sports, politics, movies/TV and historical figures. I have attended autograph shows and trade expos all over the world and realized something important was missing…a world-class Autograph Show dedicated to Rock ‘n’ Roll!
I enjoy spending time with my young son, Casey. I want my son to learn that you can actually have a dream, gamble to make it work and affect people’s lives in a positive way. I am building a legacy to leave to my son. When I am gone, I hope that whenever anyone mentions an autograph, celebrity or memorabilia he will think of his dad.
I have written checks to St. Jude Children’s Research Center, in good times and in hard times. When times were hard in the memo I would write, “I wish I could do more.” Now, with The Rock n Roll Autograph Show, together we can. Rock n Roll can save lives, are you on board?
My passion about philanthropy? One of the most selfish things that I do is give to others. I believe in pono (doing the right thing), random acts of kindness and giving even when you don’t have.
My favorite piece of memorabilia? Signed Paul McCartney Hoffner Bass guitar.
My favorite memory of getting a signature? Peter Frampton- signed guitar and some albums behind stage at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
My desire/dream with The Rock n Roll Autograph Show? To change the lives of as many people as possible, using the show as a vehicle to do good. Philanthropy is more than a tax write-off or status symbol. To me, philanthropy is about changing people’s lives for the better.
Mike Marx, Outreach Liaison
Mike Marx, a native of Hannibal, Mo., was a young entrepreneur who produced teenage dances and concerts while still a teenager himself. He attended college in Missouri, Illinois & California followed by a stint in the U.S. Navy. Afterwards, he returned home for about a year and then returned to Los Angles to accept a position with Rogers, Cowan & Brenner Inc. (the top public relations firm in the entertainment world) where he had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the business like: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, James Mason, Peter Ustinov, Doris Day, Raquel Welch, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Trini Lopez, Lou Rawls, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Darin, Clint Eastwood, Lainie Kazan, Mitzi Gaynor, Lawrence Harvey, etc. From there he moved to Hanson & Schwam Public Relations where His personal clients were William Shatner, Bob Crane, Sue Ane Langdon, Patti Page, & Sue Thompson plus working on Telly Savalas, Ed Asner, Mike Connors, Barbara Eden, Juliet Prowse and more.
After 5 years with Hanson & Schwam Public Relations with his mentors encouragement Mike decided to go off and start his own company, Mike Marx Enterprises, by signing “The Statler Bros.”. Before he left “H & S” he had also starting managing a few clients on the side, his first management client was actress, Linda Scott. After a little while he got Patti Page to come over on the PR side along with Sue Ane Langdon. He also ventured outside of the entertainment side by signing Dr. Tony Shipp (Vet to the Stars), Dr. Richardson (Throat & Rectum Specialist), Barbara Walden (the first Black woman with her own line of cosmetics) & Leticia Gellis (Beverly Hills Realtor). On the management, his clients started growing even with Alan Hale Jr., Linda Cristal, Michelle Carey, Yvonne Craig, Gunilla Hutton, Lisa Loring, Chris Noel, Peter Breck, Linnea Quigley, Rhonda Shear, and Angela Aames. Mike even co-managed the Rock and Roll Legend, Gene Vincent with Ted Weintraub, Jerry’s nephew.
Mike did the Longs Peak Celebrity Golf Tournament in Estes Park/Ft. Collins for 15 years, the Veteran Celebrity Bowling Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ for 6 years, the Legends of Rock and Roll Concerts at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for 13 years, the Western Film Fair in TN, MO, & NC for 40 years plus numerous other sports and entertainment events.
After 30 years in Hollywood Mike moved back to his hometown of Hannibal, Mo. where he is still very active in booking events and active in the community.