Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dick Van Patten to Receive a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Happy New Year! I thought I'd share some Palm Springs news with you all...On Saturday January 12th, actor Dick Van Patten will be honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Dick Van Patten is a familiar face to millions of TV viewers from his role as Tom Bradford on the long running series Eight is Enough. Dick Van Patten has had a very long career acting. He grew up in Queens, New York, and started acting as a child. He has performed in 27 Broadway plays, 3 of which earned a Pulitzer Prize. Dick has appeared in over 25 major films, 7 TV series and over 600 radio shows.

Back in 1989 Dick co-founded Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods. Since I work in the retail pet industry as a pet food buyer, I have had the honor of getting to know Mr Van Patten through his Natural Balance pet food team.

Dick loves all kinds of animals. But he often describes himself as a cat person. In addition to making a wide range of natural, holistic and organic dog and cat foods, his Natural Balance company feeds a number of animals at zoos around the country, including the world reknowned San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, and several service Dog organizations as well. In particular, his Natural Balance Zoological Formulas were developed specifically for lions, tigers, cheetahs, polar bears, snakes and carnivorous birds. He donates a significant amount of food to animal rescue organizations, Guide Dogs and other animal care organizations every year.

Sons Nels, Vincent, and Jimmy are also animal lovers as well. Jimmy Van Patten, a respected actor, writer and producer in his own right, has taken an active interest in his father's Natural Balance Pet Food company.

If you are interested in attending the dedication ceremony here in Palm Springs, it is open to the public. Details are provided below:



And if you need a refresher...here is the opening sequence of Eight is Enough
-Rick Rockhill

24 comments:

Tea N. Crumpet said...

When I got pregnant with #8 everyone that I knew was calling me up and singing this theme song. When I got pregnant with Miss 9, everyone was saying, "I thought I told you 'eight is enough!'" My friends are nerds and they remembered the song. It was funny. My husband kind of looks like a curly haired DVP. . . I wonder if there is a connection!

Anonymous said...

that was one of my favorite shows on tv! what a neat idea.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Very Happy New Year to you, too, Rick!
I know this Event will be terrific!
Dickie's career is quite amazing.....If I am not mistakenb, he worked with The Lunts! (Ask him about that.....)

Have a LOVELY New Years Day, Rick....!

Akelamalu said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HoosierGirl5 said...

Ooh, I used to love "8 Is Enough". I had a crush on all those boys!

I would love to come to the dedication. Anyone sending me a plane ticket? (hint, hint)

Happy New Year!
J.

B said...

Happy New Year!!!

Lewis said...

I remember him! Wasn't he in that show with the LESBIAN for a kid? man, am I getting old or what.

TWISI said...

Happy New Year Rick.

paisley said...

happy new year rick... i look forward to living yet another year vicariously thru you!!!!!!

Big Pissy said...

I used to love that show!

Happy New Year! :)

Palm Springs Savant said...

Old Lady (Naomi)- thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you and the kitty.

Hoosiergirl- I loved that show too...but I'm fresh out of plane tickets!

Paisley- We can live it together this year!

The Lone Beader said...

Happy New Year from Boston:)

rain said...

Happy New Year from Nanaimo!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

happy new year rick to you! hope we get to cruise together this year!

smiles, bee

captain corky said...

I'm still a big fan of Elizabeth's. I liked Van Patten in Space Balls.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Corky- good call on Spaceballs. I KNEW you would say that!

snowelf said...

I can't believe he wasn't there already!!

--snow

dilling said...

I loved this show! Totally crush on Grant Goodeve, go figure!

CRUSTYBEEF said...

I loved that show!!!
If I lived in PSprings, I'd definitely go!

Happy New Years!

Always,
Crusty~

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I remember that show.

I had no idea that he was such an animal activist.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I had a crush on Nicolas. Isn't he the brother of Leonardo DiCaprio?

Palm Springs Savant said...

tea- to my knowledge, Adam Rich (Nicholas) and Leo DiCaprio are not related...

mila said...

Happy New Year!
I found your blog through my friend, Lilian's, and I must say I find it very entertaining and informative--I shall have to visit often.

Great pics, by the way...

Mila

Marlupe said...

that was such a fun tv show to watch. that video just too me back a few years. It is cool that you'll be able to go to this thing, how do you find out about this stuff?

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