Thursday, January 10, 2008

PR Newswire: Dick Van Patten to be Honored with Star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The following press release hit the wire today and was picked up by a number of news sites. I'll be covering this event on my blog Saturday after the event.

Dick Van Patten to be Honored with Star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- TV legend Dick Van Patten, will be honored with the 301st star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The star will be unveiled Saturday, January 12th, 2008 at 11:00AM at 125 E.Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs.

Dick Van Patten has been in show business since his first modeling assignment at the age of three. With a remarkable career, which includes more than 600 radio shows, 27 Broadway plays, 7 television series and 30 feature films including classics such as Mel Brooks' "High Anxiety", "Robin Hood-Men in Tights" "Westworld", "Soylent Green" and "Mr. Roberts". Dick Van Patten is still perhaps best known for his popular role as Tom Bradford in the long-running hit series, "Eight is Enough".

Dick Van Patten has proven to have a good head for private enterprise as well. Since 1989, Mr. Van Patten and his partner Joey Herrick have been supplying the public with premium quality dog and cat foods, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. has grown into an international company, providing pet owners superior quality pet foods throughout the United States, Canada, the Pacific Rim and Europe. Today, Natural Balance is highly regarded for their Ultra Premium line of pet foods for dogs and cats.

Over the years Dick Van Patten has been involved in helping Animal Charities and Rescue Organizations all over the country. He also sponsors organizations such as the ATF's Arson Investigation dogs nationwide. Dick Van Patten has also teamed up with PETCO to raise money to help fund Guide Dogs of the Desert in Southern California, the facility that places guide dogs with the visually impaired. The annual Dick Van Patten Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament is held in the Coachella Valley and brings media attention and prominence to the greater Palm Springs area.

PETCO and Natural Balance are sponsors of the January 12 event that will honor Dick's career and his dedication to animals. Dick Van Patten and The PETCO Foundation will announce a partnership to help support the Guide Dogs of the Desert at the ceremony.

"We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with Natural Balance," said Rick Rockhill, Director, Merchandise Manager for Dog Foods at PETCO."His commitment to animals is evident by the support Natural Balance provides to the many animal shelters and service dog organizations across the country," Rick added.

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whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I'm glad he's getting this well deserved honor.

Arugula Queen said...

Dick Van Patten. Squeeeeeeee! He was fantastic on The Love Boat.

Now I'm going to be having naughty thoughts about Gopher and humming The Love Boat theme for the rest of the night. I could play it on my Casio keyboard back in the day.

I didn't know about his animal charity works. Sounds like a great evening ahead for you, Rick. Lucky.

jackie said...

he was my favorite dad on tv. I always wished I had him as a dad when I was growing up.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Well deserved honor Rick, to a man whose Theatre career alone, and Broadway in particular would be more than enough to be remembered in this way...But add to that Films, Television and Radio...And you have a career that covers the greatest years in the
20th Century of Show Business....I so wish I could be there for this....Please please wish him well for me...And Hugs to Both Dickie & Pat!

John Gray said...

you said on your profile that you like everything welsh?
as a welshman could I ask why?????

Mags said...

Yay! Our Rick is famous. :) When do you get YOUR star? (That's a party I wouldn't want to miss!!)

minijonb said...

i'm having some really bad Eight is Enough flashbacks right now... thanks, thanks a lot!

Seraphine said...

I would like to nominate myself for a PSWoS star. I've surely watched over 7,000 television shows (including HBO), 6 stage plays and I've personally appeared 2 funny skits, one in middle school and one my freshman year in college. I have owned a dog and a goldfish.
Respectfully Yours, ~Seraphine


It's about time he received a star!! He deserves it! That should be a marvelous event and I highly anticipate the posting over here.
Your wonderful comment came at a time that I needed, and I thank you for that deeply!

May the day bring you views through the glaze of Palm Springs...!

Please pass along my congratulations to Master DVP, he and his partner Joey do DO a great deal, he's one of those that "Gives back," and I've enjoyed him even as a young girl..don't believe me? Ask my mom. :)

Sheila said...

Look forward to the photos. The foundation is lucky to have him partner with it.

Merelyme said...

i have not heard that name in a long time. many kudos to him!

Cheryl said...

I expect to see a picture of the two of you, though not with martinis. :))

Ms. Tuesday said...

i admit i had to read all the way to the part about Eight is Enough to remember who this guy is!

Have a great time!

Anonymous said...

Have fun at this event. I know you'll be at work but you can still have fun!

Canadian flake said...

I am glad they are honouring is well deserved


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