January 2009

I went to Rick’s home for a birthday party (unfortunately his last) with family, and a few close friends.  His cake read “Merry Christmas” as he didn’t like referring to “Birthday”, the cake also was a portrait of Rick’s face Helen used an earlier photo and it was nicely done.  It was so much fun and everyone had such a great time  It was his families tradition where at some point of the birthday gathering,  take a pie pan with whip cream and have it end up in the face of the birthday person.

There is running and chasing involved and a lot of laughter. Harriet brought something called a 24 hr salad (all I remember is that it had peas in it). Which brings me to his gift from his mother. He explained after the party of why he received the green shirt from his mother, he went to put it away in the closet and wanted to show me.  He had a section designated in his closet that had all different types and shades of green clothing, shirts, jackets and blazers.  He said those were all the different items of clothing Harriet bought for him over the years birthdays, Christmas etc, as he said green was her favorite color.  He thought that it was fun and it was just tradition by then. She also arrived in her green Mercedes. Harriet was so sweet and kind.

 He loved to drag out a record put it on the player and play the piano and on his birthday that’s just what he did…Jerry Lee was loud in the house that night.


Gunnar, Mathew and Sam all singing one of thier Dad’s famous songs.  Rick was very proud of you boys and wanted the best for you.  You continue to make him proud.

I was blessed to be very close friends with Rick and Helen for almost 2 yrs until their passing .  I spent an enormous  amount of time with them at Rick’s home at Mulholland, meeting them or going with them to his concerts and or to the studio.

  Rick was a great person, who loved to laugh, play music, cook hamburgers and constantly spoke of his children who he was so proud of. He liked to do fun off the wall things. One example, like the time we put on roller skates and played hockey on his tennis courts.

That was truly a funny experience as I wasn’t great at multi tasking on wheels and ended up on the ground more than once with more than a bruised ego. Rick and Helen on the other hand were quite good at it (I’m sure they did it before).  He enjoyed doing normal everyday things we all take for granted.  To be around someone who is a famous personality, it’s eye opening to see just how wonderful a normal life for them is. We would come back from being out somewhere and once in a while a fan would be parked right in the drive at the gate.  One time this gal from Ohio was parked there when we returned from one of Rick’s local concerts she said she wasn’t moving until Rick came out of the house. I told her Rick was in the car behind her and he wanted to get through the gate. Of course she didn’t believe me, Rick had to get out and show her he was in the vehicle and the poor gal almost fainted. Rick was always such a gracious person and  really cared about his fans. He wouldn’t leave a concert until each autograph was signed and he would listen so intently when they talked to him he truly was a sincere person. I have a lot of wonderful memories and  I miss my friends. This is just the beginning of the stories I want to share. There is much more to come.

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What you will find on this site are rare insider information on what life with Rick Nelson was like, we will also add videos and throw in whatever kinds of neat surprises we can for you.  So stay tuned and enjoy the site.