Autograph the June Bug Locally and Virtually

Filed in Car Culture, Restoring The Bug by on January 31, 2014 51 Comments


 Autograph the June Bug for a Donation of $1.00!


I am inviting  family members, friends, Bug enthusiasts and supporters of VW Bug restoration to autograph my Volkswagen Bug for a donation. Every dollar raised—and you can feel free to kick in more than one—will go toward putting the final touches on the fabulous, fun, irresistible, bless-her-heart June Bug.


Local: Sign up to autograph the Bug by leaving a comment and I’ll connect with you. I’m planning to be at the Chicago Waldorf School on Monday, February 3 (weather permitting) and other central locations throughout the month. I will also make home visits.

Virtual autographs: If you would like me to sign the Bug for you, just send me $1.00. No additional donation will be requested for my artistic rendering of your signature. I’ll add your autograph to the Bug and e-mail you a picture. Click for the address, and be sure to include an example of your signature and an e-mail address to send the picture to. Donations can also be sent via PayPal (link on sidebar) cash, or check.

An autograph is limited to your name written in a reasonable size. I’ll be happy to discuss adding your phone number for an additional donation.

Little hearts over an “i” or other flourishes will cost an additional amount. Exclamation marks are really expensive (FYI, Bill Gates can’t afford exclamation marks with little hearts at the end!).

Autographs can be any color, as long as you use my black or blue Sharpie. Want a different color? Make me an offer I can’t refuse.

Current Bug sponsors’ signatures will automatically be added to the Bug. I will make every effort to track down current local sponsors so they can sign the Bug personally. If you sponsored from out of town, I will add your signature to the Bug and send you a picture.

The slide show at the top of this post will be updated every few days. If your name isn’t there right away, it soon will be. Bug’s honor.

Bonus! My sponsor from the last round of fundraising has challenged me to come up with “famous Chicago signatures.” Do you know a famous Chicago person who would be willing to sign a VW Bug?

My goal is 1,000 autographs. Can I count on your autograph toward achieving this?

Thanks for going along for the ride,



Comments (51)

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  1. Mike says:

    I’m in. I’ll send the donation. Basic black will work for me. Great idea.

  2. Ben says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve met a kid as determined as you are. Proud to be invited to add my name to your bug. You are both winners.

  3. irene says:

    My hand is raised. I’ll send you a check. Black Sharpie, our names as listed. Keep up the good work!

  4. Annilise says:

    We’re in – all four of us. Sending you a check. Sign all our names – Z, N, A, and me!

  5. Abby says:

    Excited to have my name on the Bug!

  6. Hochberg Family says:

    Sign us up! Good Luck!

  7. Robert Giddings says:

    keep on wrenching on this JuneBug, Cole!

  8. Peter says:

    Please add our names to the Bug – Peter Baya’ & Ngau from Sarawak, Borneo
    Good Luck!

  9. Erica and Jared says:

    So glad we were able to sign it!!

  10. Joann says:

    Would love to have our names added. Chatham (paw print) Max (tiny paw) , Joel and Joann

    Bill me?

    Awesome idea Cole. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

  11. Cole says:

    Thank you so much (again :-D ) Unless the weather stays unbug like we can bring the Bug to you to sign. My Mom or I will contact you. I wonder if we can get a picture of Max with the Bug?

  12. Cole says:

    Me too! Thank you.

  13. Cole says:

    Thank you so much. Our first international autograph.

  14. Cole says:

    Thank you. Appreciate the encouragement and autograph.

  15. Cole says:

    Thank you. It will be my pleasure.

  16. Cole says:

    It will improve the book for sure.

  17. Cole says:

    Thank you.When you drop Hope and FIn you can sign your name and we can add A and N. I hope to swing by and get Z. signature Bug weather pending.

  18. Cole says:

    Hand counted. You and Nik are already on the Bug and in the slide show ^. I’ll add a dog bone to the autograph.

  19. Cole says:

    Thanks. A Bug brings the determination out. Happy to include your name!

  20. Cole says:

    Basic Black–why can’t more people get what a great color black really is. Thank you!

  21. Debbie says:

    Done — every little bit helps, huh?
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  22. Cole says:

    Absolutely. This project has run on every little bit. Thank you so much!

  23. Beth Ann says:

    Signatures for: Chris Mr. Diamond Chiles and Buddy and Holly Chiles However you want to put them is okey dokey!!!
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  24. Kelly says:

    Sending a Paypal donation. Cole’s a great kid and I enjoy helping him. :))

  25. Patti says:

    Sign me up—Add Patti to the Bug!

  26. Cole says:

    Thank you. We will find the perfect Bug spot for your family and turn your A into a smiley face.

  27. Cole says:

    Thank you so much. We would like you to be the Bugs Godmother. However, we won’t ask you to hold her during the christening.

  28. Cole says:

    Thank you. We will find the perfect spot for your name!

  29. A says:

    Let me know if you will be at a location in the western suburbs (Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard), we would be happy to come out and sign June Bug!

  30. Cole says:

    Can you gather a crowd :-D. Sure. If the weather is nice and the June Bug cooperates.

    Thank you!!

  31. Cole says:

    Just let me know where and when might work for you.

  32. says:

    Cole, I wonder if you could track down Mike Ditka for an autograph. That would be so cool! Love that Mike! Just a thought.

  33. Cole says:

    Great idea. i can give it a try. He sure is a Chicago icon.

    P.S. I hope you saw that we added your autograph along with Millie’s name and paw print to the Bug!

  34. Julianne says:

    I’m stopping by Wednesday afternoon. Is the bug going to be home? I’m free after 3:00. Let me know what works!

  35. Colleen Everhart says:

    Sign me up! Go, June Bug!!!

  36. Cole says:

    Yes. I won’t be home from school until around 4:30 but my Mom will be home. It will be cool to have your official Northwest side name on the car.


  37. Cole says:

    Thank you Mrs. Everhart. I will bring her back to school after break. June and I appreciate the enthusiasm.

  38. Alexa Markoff says:

    Happy to support you and June! Will sign my name and make a donation when the car comes to school!!!

  39. Cole says:

    Thank you. Would love to add your signature. We will be back after the school break.

  40. ms moskowitz says:

    Count me in!

  41. Cole says:

    Thank you so much! I WAS counting on you. Your original donation covers your donations and Mike’s too!

  42. Susi says:

    Hi Cole. I come here by way of Beth Ann’s blog, It’s just life, and have to say it makes me so happy to have found out about your project! I love VW Beetles and have decided as soon as I’m done chauffeuring my kids around I’m getting myself a bug!!! :) And having been born and raised in Germany – I am an avid VW lover, both my husband and I currently drive a Passat and Jetta wagon respectively! :) Good luck!!! Sending you a donation via paypal…
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  43. Cole says:

    Welcome Bug Lover!
    Thank you so much for the donation and sharing your story. They are fun little cars most of the time. Can you believe they were once considered a sedan and a family car?
    Nice to met you and thanks again. If you haven’t already (on Paypal) please let me know how you would like your autograph added to the bug.

  44. Hello Cole! I follow Beth Ann’s blog which led me to your Mom’s blog which led me here. I love Bugs! I have had five of them. My first, a gift from my Dad, a dark turquoise Bug with a stick so loose you could give it a tap and it bobbled around! Hope it isn’t too late to add my name. If it is too late, I would still like to give June Bug a little donation. As soon as I am fully awake and get myself off the couch I will hit the donate button. Oh and a simple ‘Pix’ on June Bug would be great… that’s my name!

  45. Cole says:

    Wow 5 Bugs. I would love to know more about them The turquoise Bug sounds like it had a lot of personality. If you have pictures I will add them to my Love Bug collection. Thank you so much for your support. I will add your name to the June Bug tomorrow and take a picture. Pix and Bug kind of go together. :-D.
    So nice to meet another Bug fan.

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