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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