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NOTES FROM RICK

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
December 10, 2018

Richard's picture of Andy

Richard shared an update today about his dog Andy.

On November 30th, Andy had had surgery to remove a few suspicious spots on her head, her leg, and at her hip. Richard was understandably concerned when he wrote to say, "Andy is in surgery right now. I will be staying put (relatively speaking, of course), to nurse my dear girl to health."

About three hours later, he wrote again to say, "Doc told me to head down to the clinic about now so I'm on the road with the little one to pick up her big sister. I hope it will be a routine pick up. I'll let you know."

Three hours later, he reported that the surgery had gone well and Andy was at home resting. He added, "A little extra medication, took off her big CONE, which means I'll be tending to her closely tonight & tomorrow ~ she seems a wee bit frightened so I stay within eye, nose, and ear sight. She's whining now, more later."

On December 2nd, after two days of caring for his special girl, he sent another message. "Two days two nights attending to the needs of (clearly) my best friend. Just enticed brother Tom to watch Andy for a time to allow me at least an opportunity to get some sleep ~ x•aw•sh•tun ~ x•au•s•chun ~ ek•z•awz•jen ~ ecz•auz•tsin ~•~•~•~ sew tyr dh ~ rk"

Today Richard reported that Andy is healing well and her news can be added to the site. The suspicious spots that had been removed had turned out to be benign, and Andy is anxious for the stitches to be removed at her hip. She has been sleeping with him in his bed, and she is up and around and back to playing with her little sister Poppy.

Richard also added that he has remained in his house, and although he has power and internet access, they are still unreliable. He had tried earlier to send some pictures of Andy, but they hadn't gone through. He said he would try again, and he would also send some pictures of his neighborhood, which in places still "looks like a war zone."

Any pictures that make it through will be added here.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NETHERLANDS
November 23, 2018

Richard's picture from Holland

Richard arrived today in the Netherlands to participate in the Dutch Comic Con in Utrecht this weekend.

Once he had landed and settled in, he sent a quick message and a photo of his KLM magazine. The picture came without a caption, but was likely meant to signify than he had arrived in Holland, despite the English language and the Vietnamese cuisine.

November 23, 2018

Now today I am in Dutchland! Not Deutschland. But Dutch.

Then he discovered that several messages he had been sending over the past two weeks had never gotten through.

November 23, 2018

I have no way of knowing if anything ever got out during the fire ordeal -- I'm sorry, SO sorry, that you never got my responses.

I'm looking at the text on this page that tells you that, yes, I would be going to Amsterdam. And even from LAX I sent words too.

He then went back through his phone and tried to re-send his earlier messages, some dating back to before the fires hit. Later, when he turned on his laptop, more messages began to send, as if his devices were suddenly coughing up all the messages that had been written but never sent since the fires began.

So, better late than never, here are his earlier messages, originally sent from California, then re-sent from Holland. The first was sent two weeks ago, after the power outage, but before the fires hit.

November 9, 2018

Not many messages are getting out of my phone and into anyone else's phone, but I'll continue to try to get one out to you to say...

Andy, Poppy, and I are all safe so far and as yet the fires have not reached me. However, Malibu has been designated as a mandatory evacuation area.

I don't feel threatened yet, but I'm keeping track of the reports as best I can.

One complication right now is that we've had a power outage all over the peninsula.

And of course I haven't slept in over 50 hours making me as sleepy/dizzy as one can get. It's crazy windy and hot around the backyard and the AC is dead and gone.

November 10, 2018

Hello? Out there, hello? Anybody out there?

I've been distracted by a little smoke inhalation.

Have had no communications for 2 days (except for the lovely and helpful police persons who rapped on my front door at 2:00am to tell me someone was desperate to reach me and they had been directed by said someone to see if I was OK. Brother Tom, from Vegas.)

Well, I'm OK except for a pretty good headache from the prevailing smoke plumes that filled the "AIR" last night and this morning. Inside of my nose is pretty disgusting, too.

The words from LAX never arrived, but another message had been sent yesterday, on Thanksgiving, reassuring everyone that he would be be able to get out of Malibu to fly to the Netherlands, and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2018

On the run right now, but yes, I am going to the Dutch Comic Con.

The roads opened yesterday, and to my knowledge will stay open henceforth.

Thank you for everything ~

Hpy Tnxgvg... and to all, a gd nt.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MALIBU FIRE
November 18, 2018

Fire

Richard's neighborhood is still without basic necessities, but slowly the danger from scattered flames is fading and roads are starting to open again. He has been trying to keep in touch by driving to various parts of his neighborhood in search of a cell signal, and his latest text came this morning.

November 18, 2018

Not much has changed except the flames are gone, the smoke has dissipated, moods have started to elevate, but the damage is very very real and sobering.

I make a loop of the neighborhood everyday to witness and assess the details of the destruction. There's always something new, something I've missed before --

My living conditions have become basic. There is no electricity or phone service; I have water, COLD water. And my dogs!

Rick


Later in the day, Richard returned with another update.

November 18, 2018

Still no electricity.

No cell service, wifi.....

No refrigeration.

So, all frozen food donated to a Relief Center, an impromptu food supply etc. gathering place put up in the parking lot of a grade school, (a VERY good thing).

Waited til the last moment possible to drop off 25 lbs.? of thawed organic chicken.

Stopped by later in the day & they had cooked it all up in one of those BBQ closed grill things.

I drove up and a big cheer went up for the contribution ~ in part I'm sure because the smoke smell was heaven to those of us who had been inhaling burning houses, cars, electrical wires, etc.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MALIBU FIRE
November 11, 2018

Fire

As the fires passed through Malibu this weekend, they cut a path of destruction through Richard's neighborhood. Thankfully Richard's house was spared, and although he didn't get far in his evacuation, he and his dogs made it through safely. He was finally able to make a connection today and to share his news and his gratitude for the thoughts and prayers of his fans.

November 11, 2018

I found a place that has a signal outgoing. Hopefully it is still working.

I am OK, a shredded mess, but the dogs and I survived pretty well.

Fifty houses destroyed in my neighborhood; at least six on my street alone.

The whole thing got bigger than I thought it would. Just kept coming, getting darker by the minute.

I was packed and heading out amid flames, thick black smoke, strong winds - completely nuts! I turned around at the bottom of my street (literally said, "**** it!") and went back. Like a bad movie.

Passing out water and gum and chocolate to fire, police workers, etc.

Gotta go.

Tell everyone I am OK and SO GRATEFUL FOR THE CONCERN & thoughts & prayers. It means a lot.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON
November 3-4, 2018

Richard and Michael Des Barres reunite at the Rhode Island Comic Con

Richard visited New England for the Rhode Island Comic Con held in Providence, Rhode Island. Also attending the convention was Michael Des Barres, who had the recurring role as MacGyver's arch nemesis, Murdoc. For the first time since the series ended almost 30 years ago, MacGyver and Murdoc were reunited, and they shared a Question & Answer panel in addition to greeting fans, posing for photos, and signing autographs.

Richard had traveled to New England a few days early, arriving in Boston on Halloween to spend a few days with his daughter Wylie. The next evening, he sent a brief text.

November 1, 2018

Spent half the day with Wylie, got briefed on all things Wylie-@-college~

Quite the eye opener ~ sobering.

God, I love my kid.

She is so cool!

(room service whistlemusiccloud ) ra

As he made his way back home on Tuesday, Richard began sharing some of his photos, including new selfies and experimental works of art.

Click here to see Richard's and Michael's photos from Rhode Island Comic Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
October 15, 2018

Richard's selfie with Andy Richard's selfie with Andy

This afternoon, Richard and Andy shared some more of their selfies with fans, but they didn't share their secrets.

October 15, 2018

"We Dogs Share Our Secrets, So We Have None..." ra18

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"NOTE FROM RICK"
LYON
October 1, 2018

Richard's selfie with freshly washed hair Richard's picture of the Flower Tree sculpture in Lyon

After he returned home from France, Richard shared several more of his photos from his visit to Lyon, including another view of the Flower Tree sculpture (right). More of his photos have been added to the page for the Lyon Game Show.

Richard also included another selfie (left) with a brief caption, and some completely objective praise from a proud father.

October 1, 2018

Freshly scrubbed, hung to dry, wind blown with head out the car window, and voilà: 'Dead Dandelion.'

PS. Wylie has done it again. She was terrific in the production of "Love and Information." (Objectively speaking, of course.)

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
LYON
September 21, 2018

Richard's picture from the Flower Tree sculpture and fountains in Lyon Richard's picture of his breakfast in Lyon

Richard has had some time to enjoy exploring France before the Lyon Game Show begins this weekend, and he shared two more photos from his travels.

The first picture, (left), was taken at the fountains and Flower Tree sculpture at Place Antonin Poncet in Lyon. He added the caption:

I have never lost the impulse to saunter on in to water fountains. This one was just as tempting as my first... Lyon, France '18

The second picture, (right), was taken the following morning, with a view of the city from another perspective. His caption:

My breakfast this morning~ I've grown civilized.

Toward the end of the day, he returned with another brief message.

I think I walked 8 miles today, covering hundreds of side streets, and alleyways, and little shops, and videotaping stuff I was. Pix to share, but likely tomorrow as I crumble unconscious into hhs s dncsssss...

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FRANCE
September 18, 2018

French flag

Richard is traveling to France to attend the Lyon Game Show this weekend. While waiting for his connecting flight, he indulged in an imaginative flight of fancy, perhaps fueled by multiple double espressos.

September 18, 2018

Well, what's gnu?

I'm actually in France right now (2:13PM my time). Just taxiing for take off to Lyon now.

Enjoying lounge life in Air France French flag world, avec General Chuck de Gaulle. He has chosen a rather heavy, almost syrupy port upon which he will sip for our brief encounter.

I, on the other hand, have ruined yet another travel t-shirt by loudly & quickly downing my third double espresso of the morning, (which is actually a continuation of my day and night of yesterday), and subsequently soaking the soft blueness out of my T-shirt shirt, rendering it almost 'navy' for our chat (which, I think, is 'dog' or 'cat' in French... I could be wrong).

Here he comes. He's been dans la toilette for nearly 3/4 of an heure, which got me suspicious of the old frog: What COULD he have been doing for that long in the loo?

Guy's gotta wonder.

Taking oooofff...

Ciao~

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
TORONTO
September 2, 2018

Canada

Richard attended Fan Expo Canada this weekend, and he shared his pleasure at returning to Canada and greeting fans at the convention.

September 2, 2018

Toronto is proving to be a near therapeutic experience. In part because I'm in Canada, and this is a country that has brought me decades of grand adventure, wonderful relationships, creative opportunities, great skiing, clean air, and the most decent human beings on THIS planet.

This visit I've but seen the inside of a vast and busy convention center, and a couple of neighborhoods in the heart of downtown Toronto, but it is all filled with the loveliness of Canadians.

Off to photo land~

For now, thank you CANADA...

You rock!

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
August 23, 2018

Richard's picture of Andy

Returning home from a road trip with Andy, Richard sent a voice text, along with an earlier picture of his dog, as they were driving together along the California coast.

August 23, 2018

I'm actually driving right now just south of Santa Barbara after a day of exploring the land, hills, and mountains up and behind Ojai. Andy's face is out the window catching a stiff breeze, ears straight back, eyelids blown to slits. She met a llama today, but showed little interest in getting to know her, him, it. She stinks like a swamp dog having chased seagulls into the surf and accidentally discovering seaweed, kelp, sand... God she stinks.

I have not been enjoying the heat at all. I am definitely a winter human.

Getting off the freeway back on to PCH for the final approach to the homestead...

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE'S BIRTHDAY
August 2, 2018

Richard's picture of Wylie's birthday cake

It's hard to believe that Richard's daughter Wylie was born 20 years ago today. In the midst of celebrating his daughter's birthday, Richard paused to send a photo and a brief message.

August 2, 2018

I had a slice of cake for you. Then, after taking this picture, had one for myself.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FOURTH OF JULY
July 4, 2018

Fireworks

Richard sent a greeting on the Fourth of July as the United States celebrated Independence Day. Unfortunately, however, his dog Andy was not a fan of the fireworks.

July 4, 2018

As I have done for the last 8-10 years, I saw not one fireworks display, but heard plenty... as did my close friend, Andy, who has reacted very poorly to the crackles and pops and booms that accompany the 4th.

She pants, drools, shakes with an elevated heartbeat, and tries to 'escape' the horror by burrowing under the bed.

All I can do is hold her, and put an easy pressure on her to calm her down.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
STANLEY CUP
June 7, 2018

Richard's selfie at the Stanley Cup finals Richard's selfie at the Stanley Cup finals

Richard sent a text from the middle of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Donning a Vegas cap, he was in the crowd in Las Vegas to cheer on the Las Vegas Golden Knights as they played against the Washington Capitals for Lord Stanley's Cup. This time, however, it was Washington who pulled off the win, defeating the Golden Knights 4-3 and earning their first ever Stanley Cup.

June 7, 2018

I am currently at game five of the Stanley Cup finals in Las Vegas.

I am now being escorted to the other end of the arena to the airbrakes siren at the start of the third.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
June 3, 2018

Richard's selfie

Late at night, Richard sent a quick email to say hello, and good night, and to share another uncaptioned selfie.

June 3, 2018

Hi,

I'm sitting here in bed, and Andy has crawled over the clean white sheets to insist I stop for the night and give her the ritual cuddle and scratch.

Good night.

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE
May 13, 2018

Richard's photo of Wylie

Wylie returned home after completing her second year of college.

As Richard went to pick her up at the airport, he shared a stolen moment.

May 13, 2018

Stolen pic of this exquisite kid of mine. On a night I picked her up at the airport. I stole this picture.

On May 11th, before leaving Emerson College for the summer, Wylie had attended the 37th Annual EVVY Awards, a student-run awards program recognizing the outstanding work of Emerson students in the performing arts. For her work that year, Wylie was recognized with an award for Outstanding Lead Female Actor for the Stage for her performance in "Surprise Party."

Following his earlier note, Richard added a mention of his daughter's remarkable achievement.

May 15, 2018

The EVVY is a phenomenal accomplishment, and I couldn't be prouder!

Richard's photo of Wylie winning the EVVY Award Richard's photo of Wylie with Andy

Richard promised that he would be sharing more pictures, and two more arrived on Friday. The first, a picture of Andy, arrived without a caption, but to the second, a picture of Wylie with her EVVY award, he added a note.

May 18, 2018

My caption to the picture is "Who? What? Who?" SO tells the story.

The video of Wylie's EVVY Award is available in the Video Gallery.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CALIFORNIA
March 30, 2018

Richard's selfie along the Pacific coast

Richard took a moment to share some of California's scenic coastline as seen on his motorcycle trips.

March 30, 2018

Hi! Having trouble sending pix from this phone ~~~ may be replacing soon.

Every time I head north along the coast to reconnect with my favorite things on Earth, I try to stop at this curve in the road to look at where I've just come from.

Around the point in the background, about 30 miles back, is San Simeon. There is a lot of this view ahead of me, but higher, rockier, windier, and heavily forested on my right as I go north. I'll stop in Big Sur for an ice cream and some reflection.

Decades ago, I would travel this same route with no final destinations in mind, just some curious ambling along this iconic and spectacular stretch of highway along the Pacific Coast.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FORMULA 1
March 24, 2018

Formula 1 Racing

Early this morning Richard texted to share his enthusiasm for the beginning of the Formula 1 racing season.

March 24, 2018

I am today brought life & light & awe.

My dear, therapeutic FORMULA 1 has begun, again!

Formula 1 racing car emojiPuff of smoke emoji Huzzah!!

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
March 17, 2018

Richard's selfie for St. Patrick's Day

In a series of texts today, Richard shared another selfie and an Irish greeting in keeping with the holiday.

Although his selfie was decidedly lacking in green, he concluded his message by inserting nearly every green emoji in his phone.

March 17, 2018

Why do I lean toward wearing orange on Saint Patty's Day instead of green?

It's an absolutely gorgeous day where I lay ~ though currently I am trying to straighten out my visuals ~

I'm keeping the pups close at hand and we nap now for an hour or two.

tree leaves shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock leaves leaves shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock apple frog lizard tree heart heart heart leaves heart heart heart heart heart apple apple leaves heart heart heart frog leaves lizard lizard shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock shamrock heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart apple apple leaves heart heart heart heart Zzzzzzzzzzz heart

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FEDCON
March 16, 2018

Richard's picture of an Easter Bunny

Richard had been scheduled to appear at FedCon in Bonn, Germany on May 18th, however on March 7th that appearance was abruptly canceled.

At that time Richard explained that he had only just learned of the cancellation himself and hadn't yet had the opportunity to learn what had prompted the decision. Then he added, "I am crushed about any fans who have already purchased ANYTHING, made reservations, bought airline tickets, took time off, or in any way made plans to come to FedCon to see RDA. It sucks, and my heart breaks thinking of them...."

A week later, Richard followed up with a note saying that he still has not been able to determine from either party what had happened to cause the cancellation or why alternative arrangements could not be made, but he hopes to know more soon.

Then in keeping with the spirit of the season, though perhaps a bit early for the holiday, he shared a picture of a bunny and added a simple note:

~Happy Easter~ bunny

"NOTE FROM RICK"
PARIS
February 5, 2018

Richard's picture of an Egyptian artifact in the Louvre Richard's picture taken from the plane in Paris

The morning after the Paris Manga convention, Richard sent a series of texts and photos from Charles de Gaulle airport as he awaited his flight home.

The first picture (left) was of a familiar Egyptian artifact taken during his visit to the Louvre while touring Paris on Saturday, and the second (right) was a last view of Paris from the plane window, showing the "ice" and weather conditions that had delayed his flight by five hours.

February 5, 2018

I began this travel day at 5:40AM today by finishing up packing and heading to Charles de Gaulle, anticipating a 10:20AM departure. It's now 1:30PM and I'm in the Air France lounge @ Charles de Gaulle, finishing #3 quad americano.

I wrote you a brief snippet of life that DISAPPEARED from my screen when I tried to place the cursor right next to the 'send arrow', apparently. I say 'apparently' because this has happened several times in my career with the texting world.

Basically had a great time at the Paris convention, just way too many people to connect with in one day. It's been cold, which I love, and I spent the day at the Louvre hobnobbing with antiquity and historically famous paintings and sculptures, pottery, gold, silver, and pewter chalices, jewelry, and lots of tourists from many old countries.

We're actually moving!!! Five hour delay - 100 meters away from a de-icing port just off the runway. We used to get severely iced wings in Minnesota and we would go thru this massive cloud of solution being pressure sprayed onto virtually all parts of the plane - sound was deafening, completely smoked in. Don't expect that scene today but we're almost there and I'm getting scowled at, so off goes the phone.

Gotta go. Byyyyeee.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SUNRISE
January 31, 2018

Richard's picture of a sunrise Richard's picture of a sunrise

Richard shared his appreciation for nature this morning as he witnessed and captured a sunrise from his backyard (left).

January 31, 2018

This morning it was the song of celestial war that caressed the inner workings of at least two senses: sound AND sight.

It seemed as if my eyes were closed for seconds; apparently those seconds had been minutes~~~

This is what I witnessed ~

Rick

Later, he added a second picture (right) with the simple message, "...later that same day..."

~ 2017 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ART
December 27, 2017

Richard's picture of roses

Richard has been doing some more experimenting with photography and art, and he shared his latest creation.

December 27, 2017

More attempts at art... stuff. Ha!

The joy is not always found in the end product, but rather, in the process getting to it.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS
December 24, 2017

Picture of a deer Richard's picture of Andy

With a busy Christmas Eve family gathering ahead of him, Richard was preparing for an afternoon nap when he took a moment to send a Christmas greeting.

His message was accompanied by a picture of a deer (left), which came without explanation. (Perhaps Santa was missing one?)

December 24, 2017

I would love to say something profound and Christmas-y and direct it straight into the hearts of every fan of life and things and stuff and feelings and empathy and tolerance and dogs and love and more stuff...

But... My head is headed toward a down pillow for what will be a nap before Christmas Eve sparks into action with the convergence of a wonderfully weird combo plate of related humans.

So I will confess that I won't be awake much longer to express all that needs to be expressed to the fans of all there is!

I truly do appreciate that they still care! Lovely people, them!!

Merry Christmas!!! Christmas tree

Rick

Before his head hit the pillow, he followed up with a picture of Andy (right) and another message:

I taught Andy this sleeping position ~ Proud Daddy!

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CALIFORNIA FIRES
December 8, 2017

Fire

Wildfires have been devastating several areas of southern California.

Although these fires are not currently threatening Richard's home, he wrote to share an update about the nature of the fires, and about his Christmas preparations in spite of them.

December 8, 2017

Fires are still raging, leaving quite the impression of helplessness throughout the two counties primarily affected.

Smoke affects everybody! There's a lot of it, I must say. Personally, nasal & sinus cloggage is considerable. It's like the entire population is suffering horrific allergies. (I am.) Everything is thick and suffocating.

I'm not ostensibly threatened where I live, but we all keep a lookout for anything resembling floating embers, etc. We are experiencing the west coast's version of hurricanes... I guess.

We've gotten up what decorations are going up; modest, but cheery. I'm a big fan of the aromas associated with the winter holidays, so my house REEKS of pine and spices, pumpkin, nutmeg, tea, coffee, wet dogs... smoke.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
VETERANS DAY
November 11, 2017

Veterans' Day

On Veterans Day, Richard shared an image and a note of thanks to those who have served in the defense of their country, and he remembered members of his own family who have served.

November 11, 2017

World War I: Corporal John I. Anderson ~ Army Infantryman

World War II: Captain Stuart J. Anderson ~ Army Air Corps Pilot

Korean War: Colonel John F. Anderson ~ Air Force Pilot

I think of them often. Today I saluted them:

Anderson men who served.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
RETURN TO THE GATE
November 4-5, 2017

Richard at Return to the Gate

Richard returned to Australia to attend the Return to the Gate event, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Stargate SG-1. The convention, held over two days in two cities, took place in Sydney on November 4th and in Melbourne on November 5th.

Richard reunited with Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Corin Nemec, and Gary Jones for the event, where he greeted fans, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and participated in Question & Answer panels and auctions.

To help share the events of the weekend, Richard sent a series of selfies, photos, captions, and notes.

Click here to view Richard's photos and notes from Australia.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
AMANDA
November 3, 2017

Richard's selfie with Amanda Tapping

From Australia, where he had flown this week to attend the "Return to the Gate" conventions in Sydney and Melbourne, Richard shared a second and somewhat stylized picture with another special lady.

Upon arriving in Sydney, Richard was reunited with Amanda Tapping, and the two spent the day catching up with each other and touring the city before the conventions began.

November 3, 2017

We haven't lost a thing! Still got it!!

Feels good to laugh in conversation with a pier [sic] peer.

Plus: SO hot!!

Great to be back in Australia!

Rick

(Please note: the "pier [sic] peer" is Richard's wording and not edited.)

Amanda also shared some of her photos with Richard.

Click here to see Amanda's photos as well as other pictures from Richard's trip to Australia.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE
November 3, 2017

Richard's selfie with his daughter Wylie

From Australia, where he has traveled for another convention, Richard shared two photos of special ladies.

The first was another father-daughter moment with Wylie, taken during their earlier visit to Washington, DC, and captioned:

MY girl~~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE
October 16, 2017

Richard's selfie with his daughter Wylie

With his daughter Wylie on his mind, Richard shared an earlier photo of a father-daughter moment, which he captioned:

My Reason For Breathing, The Source of My Joy

"NOTE FROM RICK"
HARVEY
August 28, 2017

Richard's picture of Andy

As Hurricane Harvey continues to batter Texas and Louisiana, Richard shared his thoughts and support for the residents and first responders along the Gulf coast.

He (and Andy) shared another photo with a simple caption: "Empathy re: Harvey."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 18, 2017

Richard's selfie

Richard shared another of his characteristic captioned selfies today.

August 18, 2017

Rick Gets an Idea...

......."Now," he wondered, "what to do with it..."

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY
August 9, 2017

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

In July, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched Operation Virus Hunter II, a campaign to protect native Pacific salmon from open-net salmon farms.

Richard forwarded a recent press release and asked that it be posted and shared to raise awareness about the threat posed by salmon farms:

SEA SHEPHERD RESEARCH VESSEL RETURNS TO CANADA TO INVESTIGATE FARMED SALMON INDUSTRY

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is reteaming with renowned Canadian biologist Alexandra Morton on Operation Virus Hunter II, the non-profit organization's wild salmon defense campaign.

The campaign launched on July 27th with a press conference at Vancouver's False Creek Harbor on board Sea Shepherd's R/V Martin Sheen. Morton, environmental activist and broadcaster David Suzuki, and Traditional First Nation leaders Willie Moon and Farron Alexander Soukochoff of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation tribe were among the speakers at the press conference. Actor/activist Martin Sheen, the ship's namesake, was also in attendance.

Pacific Northwest salmon are threatened by open-net salmon farms that share the same migratory route. These farms are breeding grounds for disease and parasites which spread to the surrounding waters and put wild salmon in danger.

As with last year's inaugural Operation Virus Hunter campaign, Morton is once again traveling aboard the Sheen over the course of several weeks, stopping at various salmon farms to conduct audits for disease and other factors.

"I have worked to protect wild salmon from the catastrophic impact of salmon farms for 31 years," said Morton. "I am enormously grateful to Sea Shepherd, because they dare to take a close look at exactly what is happening in these industrial facilities."

"The farming of this exotic alien species (Atlantic salmon) is a lethal assault on wild salmon populations, an insensitive assault on the First Nations, and a shocking assault upon the marine ecology of British Columbia's marine ecosystems," added Sea Shepherd founder and C.E.O. Captain Paul Watson. "The government's duty should be to protect the rights of the First Nations, to defend the wild salmon and not to cater to a foreign controlled destructive salmon farming industry."

To learn more about Operation Virus Hunter and what you can do to help, click here.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DOG
August 2, 2017

Richard's picture of a dog he met while traveling

Richard sent another message today.

He didn't happen to mention plans for celebrating Wylie's birthday, but he did offer a bit of reminiscing by sharing a picture of a dog he met during his recent motorcycle trip to Montana.

August 2, 2017

A new friend met in Montana.

We enjoyed immediate recognition, as though we were from the same litter.

She came at me, wiggling ~~ tip o' her tail, to tip of her nose.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
LONDON FILM & COMIC CON
July 28-30, 2017

Richard at the London Film & Comic Con

Richard traveled to England to attend the London Film & Comic Con this weekend.

He enjoyed greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and participating in a Question & Answer panel, but he sent a note from the convention admitting that he wouldn't have much of an opportunity to explore the city while he is there.

He did describe a few other summer travel experiences, and he added another selfie with the note, "Details to follow (the hat)."

July 29, 2017

Recently off the river in Montana, very old friends reconnecting.

Now in London. I really didn't expect to wander much this trip. I would have considered hanging out here for a while if Wylie had been available to come with me, but she has two jobs this summer.

We have four days planned in Catalina soon. We're going to start her on a path to SCUBA certification, which we've both been anticipating for quite a while.

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

Click here for some photos from Richard's visit to the London Film & Comic Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ROSES
July 12, 2017

Richard's black and white picture of roses

Richard shared a little greeting and another of his artistic creations, this time a black-and-white photo entitled "Red, Yellow & Off-White Roses."

Then he added a note:

July 12, 2017

If Life was only this simple....

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FATHER'S DAY
June 18, 2017

RDA

Richard wrote to share that his Father's Day celebration would be slightly delayed this year since both he and Wylie are traveling in very different directions, but he is looking forward to the father-daughter reunion.

June 18, 2017

The Father's Day celebration, alas, will be spent on the road, straddling 1200 cubic centimeters of vibrating metal, rubber, and fiberglass.

Likely a predawn departure northward toward Big Sur will launch me into my self-indulging celebration of this grand tradition... normally meant to be shared with one's child or children!

NOTE:

My daughter just called me from Copenhagen!! We spoke excitedly for near a fifth of an hour ~ SO EVERYTHING IS GOOD.

I'll pick them up at LAX on Monday/Tuesday, and we'll ease ourselves back into what is our "normal."

Fairly soon to be continued!

Rickety

"NOTE FROM RICK"
PAUL WATSON
June 12, 2017

After his weekend celebrating the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Richard forwarded one of his photos from the Anniversary Gala and shared his admiration for Sea Shepherd's founder, Captain Paul Watson.

June 12, 2017

40th Anniversary Sea Shepherd Gala

Captain Watson speaks emotionally about the moment he KNEW his mission in life was to help, assist, and save the lives of animals of the sea ~~

A more impassioned human I have never known!

rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ORLANDO
May 26, 2017

Richard's selfie at Orlando MegaCon

Richard traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend MegaCon, his first convention of the year. From the convention, he texted a greeting to the fans and posed for another captioned selfie.

May 26, 2017

Dorky Dad the Cheerleader!

(A good and humid time in Orlando ~ Excellent Humans Here!)

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
May 22, 2017

Richard's selfie with Andy

Richard returned with a message, "I thought of you today!" followed by another selfie:

May 22, 2017

"My Two Dogssses"

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
April 21, 2017

Richard's selfie with Andy Richard's artistic rendering of Andy

In the middle of the night, Richard and Andy appeared with another selfie to share, followed later by another artistic rendering.

April 21, 2017

The Anderson Dogs ~ At Night ~ rIcHaRdEaNdErSoN

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
April 16, 2017

Richard's windblown selfie

As Easter came to a close, Richard shared a windblown selfie with a simple caption.

April 16, 2017

The Ultimate Hat Hair ~~ Weathering the Storm.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE
April 11, 2017

Richard's picture of Wylie

Now in Boston to support Wylie in her opening night performance of "Peter and the Starcatcher," Richard proudly shared a photo of his daughter.

April 11, 2017

Wylie, heading toward her dad for an Opening Night HUG ~ and then she was gone~~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BOSTON
April 10, 2017

Richard shared a picture of Liberty, a Briard from Williamsburg

The mascot of Colonial Williamsburg is a 2-year-old Briard named Liberty. A picture of Liberty and his colonial minder was sent to Richard because of his great affinity for dogs.

Richard cropped Liberty from the photo and sent it back with the caption "Puppy Beautiful."

Then he added another update:

April 10, 2017

Just landed in Boston ~ huzzah!

Ostensibly for Wylie in "Peter & the Starcatcher," wherein she embodies the personage of Molly.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
April 5, 2017

Richard's artistic selfie

Still experimenting with creativity, Richard sent one more artistic and uncaptioned selfie today.

Perhaps the fans have their own suggestions for a caption?

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
April 1, 2017

Richard's selfie with Andy Richard's selfie picture of his sneakers

Following his promise to send more "pieces," Richard shared more of his uncaptioned photographic art today.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANNIVERSARY
March 30, 2017

Richard's self portrait doodle Richard's selfie

Exactly 20 years ago, on March 30, 1997, the Richard Dean Anderson Website was first launched.

Reminded of the anniversary, Richard expressed his wish to contribute to the day. First he sent a bit of art, a doodle-over-a-self-portrait entitled "1997." Then he sent a second selfie entitled "2017," followed by a promise to send more of his creative art pieces soon.

March 30, 2017

I would like to contribute to the anniversary ~ is it too late to make the issue?

Have you set a deadline? Type set, colors poured and mixed, paper stock set and calibrated according to font types, sizes, styles? The presses warmed and rolling, test runs adjusted and sample sections torn from the initial rolls for final scrutiny by all departments, especially advert artwork which, after all, is crucial, as it ultimately pays for the whole production line?

I seem to have gotten drawn into familiar territory here: Tangent Land.

This 1997 doodle is just that... a doodle. No need to highlight it as anything representing my "pieces."

I will, however, filter some your way. SOOOOON!!!!! heart

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
March 21, 2017

Richard's selfie with Andy Richard's artisitc selfie of his lips

Richard was in an artistic mood, exploring the options on his cell phone.

This evening he shared some experimental photos, to the left a selfie with Andy, and to the right an artistic rendition he entitled "Lips & Knows."

March 21, 2017

If I can figure the technology properly, I'll send some pictures from my iphone, most of which are experiments in what can be done with the limited editing tools that apparently come with the camera-phone.

I'll begin the process tonight with some sample selfies altered a tad to resemble some kind of "art"... I guess.

Here we go~~~

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY
January 23, 2017

birthday cake

In the wee hours, as his birthday was just beginning, an email was sent to Richard with messages and links and charity donations in honor of his special day. Delighted, he wrote back immediately:

January 23, 2017

OH!!!! YOU are my FIRST...!! well-wisher! birthday cake Your wish, is my command: I am well.

Thank you happy face for your well-placed well wish... well timing, too. rose balloon


Unfortunately, his birthday was marked by torrential rains in Los Angeles, and his day didn't start off in quite the way he might have hoped. Later in the morning, he returned with another message, looking forward to the pleasure all the well-wishes would bring:

I've been assessing flood damage with the Dogs all night, especially alert during a predawn torrent that scared the little one from any consideration of bowel or bladder relief. So I am just now attempting to sleep~ WONDERFUL activity I promised myself for a portion of the day.

But then, this afternoon I will sip loudly from some symbolic chalice (coffee cup), an immense americano coffee drink, and get down to the business of pleasure by strolling through the well-wishes, hand-in-hand with the well-wishers.

So, for now, Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz balloon heart Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz rabbit hole Zzzz

Rick

~ 2016 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS CARD
December 29, 2016

Richard's Christmas card selfie with Wylie

Richard and Wylie have been celebrating the holidays. Today he shared a photo with a simple message:

December 29, 2016

Christmas Card, from

~~Wylie & Rick~~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS
December 24, 2016

Christmas card

Richard is familiar with the Jacquie Lawson online greeting cards. Asked if he would like to use that format to share a holiday greeting, he took advantage of the opportunity. (Click the image.)

December 24, 2016

The Eleventh Hour Before Christmas

Well, well, well.......

If it isn't Procrastination Pete, the Eleventh Hour Elf, making his feeble attempt to bid Tidings of Goodness to the Faithful Fanage who continue to inquire about him, wonder aloud of his whereabouts, activities and travels!

If it isn't.... then.... who.......m?

Saint Kate is STILL giving me this opportunity! I think I'll take it. It is 7:55 PM PST, making it 10:55 PM EST.... Kate's Time. To be honest, this little Christmas How-de-do (or, Holiday How-de-do ~~ all inclusive) may not make it in time to be appropriately.... timely. Unless we all expand the parameters of celebration to include: better late than REALLY late, this expression of sincere hopes for goodness in life and dreams, will mean less than what is intended.

Everybody, my brilliant and beautiful daughter is on her way over here to begin our festivities on Christmas Eve.

The place looks wonderful, smells of pine (mostly), flickers with dozens and dozens of candles, seasonal music flowing from one end of the house to the other, (heavy doses of Pentatonix Christmas genius), and soon we'll be eating the traditional Anderson Christmas meal: angel-hair pasta with red sauce, dash of pesto. Classic!

Before I head to the stove, let this be known: I am indebted to ALL of you, for your support, your loyalty, patience, and love. I am aware of my failings as the object of your attentions. It embarrasses me that I don't speak out to you much.

The only thing I can offer at this hour, on this night, is my promise to try and correct this errant wandering, focus more of my communication skills, and simply speak up, and speak out!

MERRY HOLIDAYS, TO ALL!

~~Rick

P.S. Extra gravy for Kate!

"NOTE FROM RICK"
TOULOUSE
November 26, 2016

Richard's picture of the Toulouse Christmas Market Take time to smell the flowers

Richard has been enjoying his visit to historic Toulouse, and he wrote briefly to share some of his photos of the city's Christmas decorations (left).

November 26, 2016

Up late to get this short note to you: If you appreciate history, this is a place you may very well enjoy.

There are quite a few familiar faces, and some who have mentioned the site. "The Girls", they are!

Impossible attendance numbers, filling all buildings of a 7 building convention center. And so far... not an ugly moment to witness.

My host claims there will be 60,000 people to attend in two days!! And again, all well behaved and boisterously celebrating the 10th anniversary of this convention, the Toulouse Game Show.

It's all quite wonderful! A little on the exhausting side of things, but very terrific.

Rick


Early the next morning, amid the bustle of another convention day, Richard forwarded a message he had received from a friend, a reminder to enjoy the moments (right).

November 27, 2016

Tell me this sequence doesn't touch SOME part of your gentler self!!

I'm in Toulouse, France, currently a cold, drizzly day, a LONG way from home, and these pix arrived from a good friend in the States.

Good stuff.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BOSTON
November 18, 2016

Richard's artistic shapes Richard's artistic shapes

From the road, Richard sent a few texts to share an update about his upcoming travels.

Once again, his message came with no explanation for the accompanying graphics.

November 18, 2016

@ LAX, flying to Boston early to see Wylie perform in a new play @ Emerson. (Rare that freshpeople are cast in anything the 1st year.)

Tuesday, flying back to CA on a late flight, arriving early AM. ~~ Mid-afternoon, flying to Paris, connecting to Toulouse for the weekend + (missing TGiving!).

Hit reverse, go home!

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
GATECON
November 15, 2016

Richard at Gatecon

Richard emailed to share a discovery: An earlier message he had written, and thought he had sent, while on his way to Boston was, in fact, still sitting, unfinished, in his draft email folder.

Nevertheless, he passed along his earlier thoughts about the Gatecon weekend, and he added his sincere thanks to all the fans who have offered their support.

November 15, 2016

Well well well... if it is not little Ricky coming up for air.

The below was written at least a month ago, and then got lost in the quick shuffle to get... somewhere?

I've only just a minute ago happened upon the draft file, confirming I never hit "send." Unfinished, but the moment was created.

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36,000 ft. above the United States of America, heading in an easterly direction for a rendezvous with destiny... no, wait... Wylie!! Rendezvous with Wylie!! I got lost.

Let me reflect for a moment:

I recall having one of the warmest, and most personal public experiences in Vancouver a (fairly recent) while back. HOMECOMING (caused) brought me no end of joy and comfort. Everyone, (I mean it: EVERYONE!), to a woman, child and man, was polite, open, friendly, and patient... PATIENT, my friends. Sometimes the most difficult element to endure at these gatherings, is the waiting. My God do I have empathy for all of you. Personally, I can attest to being the absolute WORST 'waiter' in all of humanity. Truly, I have no idea how you all do it.

My frustration at being the object of affection at the 'table d' signet', is that I am powerless to make things move any faster without sacrificing chunks of the precious few moments I have with each of you. And I LIKE meeting people, very much! But the dilemma exists: do we hustle people through the line so as to eliminate some of the discomfort and awkwardness of so much time spent taxing the joints in your knees, lower back, and shoulders, cramping muscles in every cranny and nook in your bodies, tending to kids who'd rather be cavorting with some other kind of monster, preferably one donning a cooler costume than that of Jack O'Neill's...

************************************

Late now and on the edge of sleeping... Which is what I'm going to try to do now.

(Coyotes are whistling down canyon, Andy's ears are twitching.) Good Night.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
RECOVERY
October 6, 2016

Eat More Fruit

Richard texted to share the good news that his injuries from his recent fall continue to heal.

His message began with his discovery of a new feature for his phone, probably a reference to the unexplained animated GIF of fruit that accompanied his message. (Click the image)

October 6, 2016

Ostensibly, a new toy in the telephone.

I have full use of both hands and all fingers, now. Huzzah!

Right wrist fades rather quickly, but I can move hither AND thither without the splint or sling.

I'll wrap it to warm the joint and render a modicum of relief, mostly after physical therapy, or a normally restless night.

A second text followed, in which he shared his hope for the safety of those in the path of Hurricane Matthew as it approaches Florida and the US east coast, and he recalled his childhood amazement and respect for the power of Mother Nature.

Exception for death, destruction, agony, loss, illness, et. al..... I am quite fond of laying witness to Nature's extreme behavior!

My dad and I stood in silence on the front porch of our house in Minnesota, one summer, having just witnessed the most devastatingly gorgeous display of lightning and shifting storm clouds. Thunderous echoes following the most startling "claps" and "cracks" of sound imaginable, and dark, smooth, undulating shades of black clouds, that I was convinced were there for the sole purpose of establishing a permanent backdrop for my nightmares, forever.

I loved it... every bit of it!

Be safe...

I will get on the computer tomorrow and spew some thoughts and give you some updates.

Now, G'night~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
GATECON
September 8-12, 2016

Richard at Gatecon

Richard appeared as the headline guest at Gatecon: The Homecoming, held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, BC.

Other guests during the convention weekend included Tony Amendola, Carmen Argenziano, Erick Avari, Corin Nemec, Tom McBeath, numerous System Lords and favorite guest stars from the world of Stargate, and representatives from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The weekend, which focused its charity fundraising activities in support of Sea Shepherd, also included several media appearances by Richard as he welcomed the SSCS ship, the R/V Martin Sheen, to Vancouver and discussed its recent mission, "Operation Virus Hunter."

Fans had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities with the celebrity guests, including a Meet & Greet reception, a cruise around downtown Vancouver, a 1960s themed banquet, a bus tour to local filming locations, and a charity auction, in addition to Question & Answer panels, photo ops, and autograph sessions. Although Richard's injured elbow prevented him from signing autographs, fans still had an opportunity to meet him during the autograph sessions and to receive an embossed stamp instead of a written signature.

Click here to see some photos and videos from Richard's appearance at Gatecon.
Video from Gatecon is available in the Video Gallery.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
GATECON & POPPY
September 1, 2016

Gatecon

Richard had dropped his daughter Wylie off at college earlier this week, and today, from Boston, he kept in touch with a series of messages to update news, answer questions, and offer a public service announcement.

With a reminder that healing has been a slow process, he shared, with regret, that his ability to sign autographs at Gatecon will be affected:

September 1, 2016

I felt it necessary to give fair warning to anybody who will be joining us in Vancouver that things are still a little wonky on my end.

So... hence... I sent a message to Gatecon.

************************************

Well folks, there's no avoiding the issue anymore: as most of you may know by now I recently performed a head plant onto a cement surface, sustaining a concussion, broken rib, sprained left wrist, and an oddly broken right elbow. Right now, and for at least the next 12 weeks, I will be in a splint on my right arm to completely limit any rotation or peripheral movement of the arm. The obvious problem this causes, is that I will be unable to sign any autographs with my right hand.

Paul Brown and myself have been commiserating to try and solve this dilemma. To be perfectly honest with all of you nothing seems to satisfy as a solution.... as yet. This whole situation is distressing, and truly saddens me greatly. Paul and I will continue to work on ideas to satisfy my autograph promises, but for now I won't be able to sign any autographs, which I know is important to so many of my incredibly loyal fans and friends.

I want to assure everyone that I will BE there, in Vancouver. My injuries are proving to be slow to heal, and I am still dealing with a fair amount of discomfort, but nothing is going to keep me away from our Homecoming. I will be there for some gentle hugs, and as many pictures as we can all endure.

I felt it only fair to announce the situation so everybody knows upfront what's happening. Thanks for understanding, and I hope you all still attend. Personally, I'm determined that the Homecoming will be a fun event....after all, 'fun' IS my middle name.

Love to all,

Rick

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Then, in response to fan questions about the puppy who had prompted his fall, he introduced the newest member of his family:

Richard's picture of his dog Poppy Richard's picture of his dog Poppy

"Poppy" is a Havanese. I adopted her from my mom when she died~

Andy has made the social adjustments necessary to bring Poppy into our pack.

All is well.

Finally, he added, "I am literally rolling down the runway from Boston..."

Richard's picture from Washington DC reminding everyone to vote

But before he disappeared, he added a photo from his visit to Washington, DC, and a reminder to everyone:

VOTE!!!!!

"NOTE FROM RICK"
HAMILTON
August 16, 2016

Hamilton

Shortly after his fall, Richard was still dealing with a great deal of pain, and he had written:

"Slow mend, they say ~~ I can confirm."

But he added:

"PS--The dog is fine. Poppy is her name. PoppySeed, formally."

After two weeks of healing, however, he was able to travel with his daughter after all, and he sent another text.

August 16, 2016

NY ~ Wylie ~ Hamilton ~ tonight ~~ Exquisite!

Maybe DC ~ LA ~ Boston ~ Emerson.

Still broken avec pain. Headache lingering, but less.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ITALY
July 31, 2016

Richard's injuries

Unfortunately, Richard's recent fall has forced him to put his travel plans on hold. Taking the time to stay home for rest and recovery, he sent a text on Sunday evening.

July 31, 2016

I sent Wylie and her mom to travel without me - My blessings with them...

"NOTE FROM RICK"
INJURY
July 29, 2016

Richard's selfie in the hospital after a serious fall

What a difference a day makes.

Barely 12 hours after Richard shared his plans to travel to Italy in a few days, he sent another cryptic message on Thursday evening that said only, "On my way for a CT scan. Details to follow."

Several hours later, after leaving the hospital, he sent a picture and an explanation. He has made no mention whether his travel plans will be impacted, but fans will be wishing him a speedy recovery.

July 29, 2016

I had thrown a puppy toy in the direction of the swimming pool. The puppy ran into the pool and likely would have sunk.

I made a mad dash down four stairs oddly spaced leading to the pool. My mad dash turned into flight, from which I landed headfirst on to the concrete.

Broken elbow, cracked rib, slight concussion, suspected slight fracture in left wrist, etc.

--Rest--

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ITALY
July 28, 2016

RDA

Sharing his excitement about his upcoming plans, Richard returned once more with another news update.

July 28, 2016

OH!!! Apryl and I are taking Wylie to Italy next week!

Celebration of stuff: Graduation, start of college, time with both parents doing something they would have done a lot of had mom and dad stayed together and.......

Any suggestions for things to see? Probably set down in Rome, then we're free. Trains, planes, auto buses, etc.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
July 26, 2016

Richard's selfie with Andy

In a playful mood on Tuesday evening, Richard sent another one of his uncaptioned selfies.

This one is a completely different type of "like-father-like-daughter" pose, with Andy.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MACGYVER REBOOT
July 25, 2016

MacGyver

Richard followed up his earlier text with an email in which he explained why he would not be appearing in the new MacGyver reboot.

July 25, 2016

So many people have responded to the attempted "reboot" of the MacGyver franchise, and a lot of people have asked me if I'm going to be in the new show, or am I going to produce it, or, yada.

And all I can say is, I'm not considering being a part of a project that has overlooked the insanely LOYAL FANS of the original character and has proceeded without considering how and why they all became and STAYED loyal fans...

Yes, I was asked, but no, I won't be involved in the MacGyver reboot. I have tried to recognize that there really is a balance to be found here. Hence, my loyalty to my fans.

Anderson, Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MACGYVER REBOOT
July 24, 2016

Richard's graphic of a disco dancer

Last October it was announced that CBS Television Studios was preparing to reboot MacGyver as a series for television.

The production has undergone a number of changes and revisions, and last week at Comic-Con in San Diego, the producers and cast introduced the new series and mentioned that they had "reached out" to Richard Dean Anderson. Since then, there has been much speculation about whether Richard would be involved in the project in some way.

Richard offered his perspective first in a brief text, notable mostly for his completely unexplained use of a "disco" icon as his signature.

July 24, 2016

Wylie is just arriving, so this is a teaser:

Huge overhaul of personnel at the new MacGyver: producers, writers, actors, etc. The promo people for CBS/MacGyver called my agent to see if I would be interested in helping to promote their show.

I'll email you tomorrow-ish... my girl is here!

randerson

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FATHER'S DAY
June 19, 2016

Richard's selfie with his daughter Wylie

Richard had written earlier to say that he would be spending the Father's Day weekend with his daughter Wylie.

As the weekend drew to a close, he sent a photo to share on the website with the simple caption, "Dad."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SAN JOSE
June 5, 2016

Richard at the San Jose Sharks game

On Saturday evening, the San Jose Sharks kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive when they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in overtime.

Excited by the performance of his "home team," Richard sent another enthusiastic text from San Jose.

June 5, 2016

So!

Back in San Jose CA, chasing Dear Lord Stanley and his big, shiny 'cup.'

A MASSIVE victory, last night, for the home team.

Historic! The FIRST EVER Stanley Cup Finals victory for the Sharks, who have been competing since 1991.

mtc

"NOTE FROM RICK"
THEATER BANQUET
June 3, 2016

Richard and Wylie at the CHS Theater Awards Night Richard and Wylie at the CHS Theater Awards Night

Richard continues to play his favorite role, that of proud father to his daughter, Wylie.

As a graduating senior this month, Wylie attended her high school year-end Theater Banquet with her dad on Wednesday. Afterward, Richard shared two of his father-daughter photos and added the caption:

CHS Theater Awards Night. Good, healthy, pride-filled tears...

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SAN JOSE
May 27, 2016

Richard at the San Jose Sharks game Richard's picture with Michael Greenburg at the San Jose Sharks game

Always an avid supporter of hockey, Richard takes special pleasure each year in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On May 25th, he was on hand at the SAP Center in San Jose, California to watch the San Jose Sharks defeat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 and win the Western Conference championship.

On May 30th, the Sharks will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Richard shared some of his passion for hockey in a text he sent following the Sharks' victory over the Blues.

May 27, 2016

I am again drawn out into the open to continue a personal, fairly irregular, ritual in my time-space continuum...

My dear old friend, Mike Greenburg, has been shooting a documentary about teams on the road to the Stanley Cup. So I met him in San Jose for game six of the Western Conference championship game.

There is much cause for celebration because, THE SHARKS ARE GOING TO THE STANLEY CUP FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR 25 YEAR HISTORY.....!!!!!!!

California is an amazing state for so many things. I love living here!

But who could EVER imagine that BY living here, I would have 3 great professional hockey teams to support! (Add to the list, my allegiance to my home-state MINNESOTA WILD, and life is perfect.)

So, GO SHARKS!!!

AnDeRson

Later, he added a link: https://www.nhl.com/news/stanley-cup-final-10-stories-to-watch/

Item #6 in the article read:

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METALLICA AND MACGYVER MANIA

The "Shark Tank" again could be teeming with celebrity fans who could help the home team rig up a game plan for a seek-and-destroy mission in the Cup Final.

Oh yeah, we're talking about Metallica ("Seek and Destroy") front man James Hetfield and the man who could rig up anything with a string, two pingpong balls and a flashlight, MacGyver himself, actor Richard Dean Anderson.

Each was at Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday and proved to be good luck charms in San Jose's 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues.

************************************

Several weeks later, Richard forwarded a second picture (right) captioned "Mike Greenburg & Richard Dean at San Jose during Stanley Cup finals run."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
May 23, 2016

Andy

Still dealing with some pain issues and the aftermath of some recent dental work, Richard has been taking some quiet downtime at home. Today, his dog Andy sent a message on his behalf:

May 23, 2016

My human man guy is lucky to have you as a friend. (He says you are.) I do what I can and I'm as patient as I can be, but, ROOF!! he has been tired!

I mean, I can lay around in the shade with the best of them, but my guy has been resting a LOT... even though I've TRIED to coax him with treats.

I really have to thank you, though - you seem to be the only human person he writes to, but I'm around him a lot, and I can't remember the last time he sat down to respond to you. (I could be wrong, I don't read as well as I used to.)

I'll get on him, though, don't give up....

He's a good guy -- he's always been my best friend... always!

Andy

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MOTHER
April 18, 2016

Flowers

The prognosis for Richard's mother after her recent surgery had been good, however she grew weaker in the days following.

On Monday, Richard shared the very sad news that his mother had quietly passed away.

April 18, 2016

Jocelyn Anderson, my glorious mother, died on April 17, 2016 @ 1:05 PM.

Her sons were with her as she passed away to begin her next, new adventure.

She is remembered by anyone who met her!

Anderson, Rick
Jo's Kid

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MOTHER
April 4, 2016

Richard at the FACTS Flanders Expo

Richard had been doing a lot of traveling during the past month, first with a visit to New Zealand and then to Belgium. During this time, he was also keeping in close touch with his family at home while his mother was being seen by her doctors.

He sent a series of updates privately, which he has now asked to be shared, in part.

First, from Auckland, he wrote:

March 7, 2016

I'm heading to the airport in about 15 minutes. However, I will soon have some time to sit and write you a letter with more substance than 'how-de-doo'...!

My mom has been in the hospital this past week. Every time I check in with my brother it has become more serious a situation than previously suggested.

Again, I'll bring you more details when I get to Christchurch. Out the door.

Shortly afterward, he added:

March 8, 2016

No change with mom, but it has become very evident that she is going to need surgery of some kind to fix a blocked artery sometime soon-ish.

I promise to keep you apprised.

Once he returned home from New Zealand, he was able to be with his mother during a preliminary procedure. In the wee hours of the morning, he wrote again:

March 23, 2016

Barely staying awake at the moment.

Starting early (later on) this morning, Mom goes into the hospital for the first procedure.

Will try to sneak a note tomorrow to bring you up to speed.

While he was in the hospital, fans had begun reacting to the news that an actor had been chosen for the new role of MacGyver. To brighten Richard's day, I sent him a reply:

March 23, 2016
BTW, to give you a smile, the announcement was made that Lucas Till will be the new MacGyver in Henry Winkler's project. When the news hit, Twitter exploded with reactions from fans. I now know how to say "No one can replace Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver!" in about a dozen languages. :)

Richard responded later:

March 23, 2016

What a wonderful response from the fans. To express the preference, sight unseen, is ostensibly a gesture of loyalty.

Feel good moment of the day, for me.

Mom is sleeping, but I will keep you apprised.

The following week, he wrote again, very late at night:

March 30, 2016

Actually, I'm not as much of a wreck as I thought I would be after today's events.

Took mom to the hospital EARLY EARLY this morning for a Trans Aortic Valve Replacement. It is a phenomenal procedure!

Bit of a challenge intermittently, but the consensus from the 8 physicians in the room was that for her age, she did great!

She COULD go home as soon as tomorrow but I hope she chooses to stay through the weekend when I'll be back from Belgium.

(She told me to pack a bag yesterday in anticipation of a successful operation.)

Feeling confident of his mother's recovery, Richard was able to board a plane the next day to travel to Belgium. On his way out the door, he sent a playful text:

March 31, 2016

paw printspaw prints

Later, having arrived in Belgium, he sent another update:

April 2, 2016

One crazy day, getting here, to Ghent, Belgium, I must say!! Planes and trains and cars, and broken knees... Not a 'dream vacation,' but I'm glad I'm here.

I haven't the slightest inkling whether my text is getting to you, so...... here you go.

When he received a response to confirm that his messages had arrived, he celebrated:

April 3, 2016

IT GOT THROUGH, IT GOT THROUGH!!!!!!

Huzzah!!!

By then, aware that the news about his mother had reached the internet, he expressed his wish that personal news come directly from him first, and he asked that selections of his mother's story be "composed and posted" on the website.

He also shared his absolute enjoyment of the beautiful country and the wonderful, warm, and resilient people of Belgium, and he promised again to keep in touch once he returned home.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NEW ZEALAND
March 25, 2016

Richard's selfie in the Quantas cockpit

Although Richard managed to send a few notes while he was traveling in New Zealand, he was having great difficulty getting images to send properly.

However, after he returned home, he sorted through the pictures he had taken, and over several days he forwarded a few of those pictures with short notes and descriptions.

One picture was taken in the cockpit of the aircraft in which he had flown home across the Pacific. His note explained:

March 25, 2016

Qantas pilots, flight crew -- having spent some 14 odd hours focused on getting all of us safely back to Los Angeles.... asked politely and respectfully for my presence in the cockpit.

These gentlemen are MASSIVE MacGyver officianados!!

I am a huge Airplane pilot fan!!

I miss riding up front... used to do it all the time."

AnDeRson

Click here to see the rest of Richard's photographs, as well as pictures and media from Richard's visit to New Zealand.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NEW ZEALAND
March 10, 2016

Armageddon Expo New Zealand 2016

From Christchurch, on Thursday evening, Richard once again shared a few thoughts as he reported that his sweet tooth had caught up with him in New Zealand.

March 10, 2016

Well, one of the worst things that could happen... did happen!

While shopping for supplies that would keep off the Room Service menu, and leaning toward a healthier approach to hotel survival (it's all in my book), I came across the organic nuts section, which also harbored dangerous items as gummy candy, licorice chunks, muesli dust, bins of yogurt-covered everything, gooey goo, and more and more nuts.

And then, there it was, my downfall: Crystallized Ginger. I'd been looking for this exact product ever since I left Fiji a couple of years ago. I had been lead to believe this form of ginger was now illegal (who knows?!?) in the US.

So I've been substituting a fairly snappy, ginger-flavored candy in its place. From the start, it just wasn't the same, but it DID get my Dentist's attention!!! (I was advised to STOP consumption of ALL candy, including my beloved crystal ginger! --- As a note: Except for the occasional chunk of exquisitely high-quality chocolate sampled at a variety of Sci-Fi conventions, I don't eat candy -- and except for this newly-discovered 'vein of GOLD'... I STILL DON'T.)

So, that's been a setback. But I'll get over it... as soon as my bag of Crystallized Ginger is depleted. Should be soon.

Disclaimer: DO NOT SEND OR GIVE ME ANY CANDY OF ANY KIND, EVER!!!!! I will not accept it!!

End of Installment -- More to Come.

Anderson, Rick

Later that same night, in the wee hours of the morning, Richard attempted to backtrack and chronicle his travel adventures from the beginning.

March 10, 2016

Installment the 2nd...

As young Kate has come to learn: I have a hard time chronicling events in my life. More, any records that I do make, often lay dormant in or about a rapidly molting brain cavity, never to be moved forward into my friend Kate's proximity. So this is rare.

The first leg of this trip landed me in Sydney, Australia, where I had a layover of about 2+ hours: this because I have grown fond of Qantas Airways... for several reasons. Really, the only one worth mentioning is the actual physical accommodation in the seating. It's expensive as crap, but quite honestly, I would not survive the 12-14 hour flights from east to west that bring me to the luscious loins of New Zed Land, and other islands in the vicinity.

Qantas has beds for the journey, flat, lengthy beds that a man with a crumbling and throbbing spinal column and rancid knees truly appreciates.

The second part of the first leg simply consisted of making my flight to Auckland, which is not always a "sure thing"! But make it I did, and the ride from the airport to the same hotel as last time, was phenomenally familiar!!

Game on!!! quoth I... I'M BACK!!!

Armageddon was getting ready to HAPPEN!!! And the early comers were clearly the 'Happening-est' of ALL of my house-guests. By now it should be known, nay, understood, that I respect and adore the men, women, and KIDS who make a good, solid, commitment to costuming!!! It could be considered an art form in many circles... truly, should be considered so.

Some time has passed...well into the night, my friends...... well into the late night... to the late... late... night......

More to come.

Anderson, Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NEW ZEALAND
March 7, 2016

Armageddon Expo New Zealand 2016

During a moment of down time during his visit to New Zealand, Richard paused for a bit of reflection on one of his favorite destinations.

March 7, 2016

I love New Zealand, I really do. A lot, in fact, I like it a lot!

But with each passing day I (ODDLY!!!) find it more and more difficult to adjust my ear to the dialect of the friendly and kind Zealander. I am sure it is the English language hidden in there, somewhere, but it gets so thin sometimes (tinny?) that it might as well be French... well... OK, not French!...

Again, you must keep in mind that without exception, the human people of New Zealand are exquisite in every way imaginable. But my lack of comprehension of the language THROUGH the dialect, makes for some obvious, "Elderly Moments" (a short-form magazine/book Charlie Correll and I were co-writing just before he died.)

Another example of an "Elderly Moment": getting honked at while waiting at a light in the left-turn lane. Or, wearing a hat for its intended purpose.

Well, this was an attempt at an update... I'll have to continue tomorrow...

Tired,

Anderson, Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NEWS UPDATE
February 17, 2016

Richard's selfie

Two days ago, Richard had shared two more selfies. Today he followed up, despite continued discomfort from sitting upright at the computer, and he offered a longer message in which he addressed the many questions from fans about his birthday, his health, and his future appearances.

February 17, 2016

Responding to the caring curious...

I would say... Yes!! I believe I HAVE received every "Wellwish" and Loving Acknowledgment/Celebration of my continuing passage of time. I've lost much/many of my cynical edges, and find it easier to accept HONESTLY, the wonderfully intentioned cards, letters, parcels and presents that you forwarded on to me.

(For the sake of Everyone's Heart, I'm finding that I need EVERYONE to know and believe, that I have received every "communiqué" sent in my direction... and, I've read them!! ......all. Thank you, ALL!!)

Am I feeling... Better???!! I don't think it is yet time to commit to an answer, here. In part, as you know, I am likely to continue to dart in and out of my cave, or out from beneath my rock... For an honest answer I CAN say that it would have been extremely difficult to feel any worse than I did at the onset of the most recent of "Events"!! I CAN say that. So, better?...... Sure?

As of yet (it's a BIT late, don't ya know) I have gotten no invitation to be a part of anything MacGyver-istic. BTW, I am not hurt by this. I'm fine with it, for a number of reasons...

(Gotta hurry, here: 'vertical' does not agree.)

Yes, I am going to New Zealand. I LOVE New Zealand!!

...nap.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
February 15, 2016

Richard's picture of a T-shirt slogan Richard's selfie

In both a mischievous mood and a pensive one, Richard shared two more selfies this afternoon.

The first image, to the left, arrived with the caption, "Rough day."

The second image, to the right, was captioned simply, "Thinking."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
January 9, 2016

Richard's selfie

Richard sent yet another creative selfie this afternoon. This one features both an Emerson shirt and a philosophical insight:

January 9, 2016

Who knows? Pain is.......... dare I say, existential.

~ 2015 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
December 29, 2015

Richard's selfie reflection in Andy's eye

In an artistic mood, Richard sent another creative selfie this afternoon. The image, seen in Andy's eye, came with a simple caption:

December 29, 2015

Mirror Image Selfie

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS
December 25, 2015

Richard's selfie with fans' greeting cards Richard's selfie with fans' greeting cards

On Christmas Day, Richard shared two more selfies. Sporting a Santa hat, he posed surrounded by some of the many greeting cards that his fans have been sending.

Although these pictures came without a caption, the big smile seems to say it all.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS EVE
December 24, 2015

Richard's Christmas selfie with Wylie

As Richard and Wylie were sharing Christmas Eve together, Richard sent a selfie of himself and his daughter and again offered his words of thanks to the fans.

December 24, 2015

EVERYONE!!!

I am the father of this beautiful girl beside me -- we were exchanging some thoughts about Christmas & stuff...

I shared my sentiments about the amazing outpouring of support and concern and thanks and 'get wells'....... And while I was telling her about the seemingly endless stream of letters and cards that Auntie Kate has been tirelessly sending on to me, I was interrupted by the words of my child:

"It sounds like a lot of people love you, Dad."

And, that said it all.......

Thank you, All.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
THANK YOU
December 23, 2015

Richard Dean Anderson

Every two or three days, another package of get well wishes arrives at Richard's home, and as the hundreds of greeting cards and messages continue to pour in, Richard paused today to send another message of thanks to the fans.

December 23, 2015

The packets keep landing at my door, blessedly raising spirits in the 'peanut gallery.' (Possibly a reference to the heart...)

Seriously, NEVER, EVER will I be able to properly thank You and the Thousands... for taking the pressure off a sad and sensitive Australian Shepherd, who truly had no idea what had happened once her girlfriend left, without properly saying goodbye...

Thank you, thank you... all.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
COLLEGE
December 15, 2015

Richard Dean Anderson

Shortly after his earlier message, the following afternoon, Richard returned with much happier news and thrilled excitement for his daughter Wylie.

December 15, 2015

Five days to rest to determine the level of relief. Still pretty achy but I can tell / sense / hope there is a difference.

I should be more comfortable sitting for a session in front of the computer soon - thus a more better letter to fans and fanage.

Zing! OMG! ~~

My lovely and talented drive-through karma has been accepted into the school of her choice: EMERSON COLLEGE!

Daughter accepted into college, dog lying next to me, knowingly, yea, lovingly lapping up tear salt from my face...

There is no greater happiness to my life today.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
THANK YOU
December 14, 2015

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard had to endure several weeks of excruciating back pain before conditions were right for doctors to begin treatment. Yesterday, he sent a hopeful text as he was preparing to leave for the hospital.

December 14, 2015

Just leaving for the hospital. I am ready to relinquish this level of agony!

I should have some idea later today, or tomorrow.

Either way, thank you for the packets of letters and cards, and perpetual 'good wishes' for recovery from EVERYWHERE !!!...... It means a lot to me..... it really does.

Communication to follow,

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
THANKSGIVING
November 26, 2015

Richard's selfie

Richard is still dealing with a great deal of back pain. Fans from around the world have been sending get well cards to brighten his day, and the first batch of cards is on its way to him.

In the meantime, Richard appeared on Thanksgiving Day with another of his selfies and managed to share a smile, which he sent with the caption:

"Trying to hide a triple chin."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
November 17, 2015

Richard's picture of Andy Richard's picture of Andy

Richard and Andy continue to find comfort in each other's company.

Richard has been dealing with severe back pain, and both he and Andy are still struggling with the loss of Daisy.

Today Richard shared some pictures of his best friend, and each picture came with a brief caption.

The first image, in color (left), came with the title "Confusion" and was captioned "Andy.... continues to grieve."

The second image, in black and white (right), came with the caption "Andy.... a very sad dog. We are our own support group."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SUPER MEGAFEST CANCELLATION
November 13, 2015

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard was clearly distressed when he wrote on Friday with the news that he has been forced to cancel his appearance at the Super Megafest convention near Boston later this month.

He has been dealing with health issues in the past few months, and the extreme pain in his lower back has only worsened in recent weeks, making the trip impossible.

He asked that the news be shared here once the convention organizers have been able to address the situation. And he asked for fans' understanding of his extreme reluctance to have to make such a disappointing decision.

He wrote, in part:

November 13, 2015

I will not be able to attend the Boston event.

My back situation is causing constant, excruciating pain throughout the lumbar, sacral quadrant....

Hours & hours of MRI & CT scans in the last ten days.

I hope that those who know me will understand how cancelling out of a commitment like this affects me --

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DAISY
October 31, 2015

Richard's picture of Daisy

On Tuesday evening, Richard sent a picture of Daisy. Late Saturday night, he followed up with the very sad news that his beloved dog had passed away.

October 31, 2015

Much trauma and disarray of late:

My dear dog Daisy died two days ago, finally taken by the affects of spinal injuries collected over the years. I'm truly not ready yet to recount the details.

The absolute worst is trying to console Andy. She is so confused, unable to make sense out of the absence of her 'sister' / best friend.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
USC QUENCH THE FIRE
October 18, 2015

Richard's selfie in a rear view mirror

On October 18th, the University of Southern California School of Medicine hosted the 9th Annual Quench the Fire 5K/10K Run & Walk at Woodley Avenue Park in Van Nuys, California. The proceeds from the event benefited the USC Pain Center at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in its goal to support education, research, and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and other neuropathic chronic pain diseases. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic neurological disease affecting an estimated 1.5 to more than 6 million Americans. To learn more about chronic pain conditions or to make a donation, visit the USC Quench the Fire website.

Richard's doctor has been associated with the USC Pain Center, and in support of the work they are doing there, Richard has appeared at each of the nine Annual Run/Walk events, where he has signaled the start of the race, mingled with the fans who attended, posed for pictures, and signed autographs.

Following the race, Richard shared another selfie, taken in his rear view mirror and captioned: Post-race Blues .......in red.

Click here to see some pictures from the event.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BRISBANE
September 21, 2015

Richard's selfie

During his visit to Australia for the Oz Comic-Con, Richard shared some of his photography, including a new selfie and photos from his hotel and his visit to the Australia Zoo.

His five captioned photos have been added to the page for the Oz Comic-Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
FIJI
July 9, 2015

Richard

While Richard was travelling in the South Pacific, he sent an email to keep in touch. However, due to either a technology malfunction or an anomaly in the space-time continuum, his email, dated June 25th, didn't arrive until July 9th.

June 25, 2015

I'm trying to write something!

I'm going to send this and hope that it gets through to you. Not only am I using my "lemon" computer that has NEVER served me satisfactorily, BUT, I am also in Fiji right now. The people are extremely kind and good... but I have never experienced worse internet service, in my life.

(I love putting on a snit over spectacular technological developments... like, how dare I?)

Let me know if this lands in your space.

Rick

PS. Shaved the mustache.

Later, he texted to confirm that the email from Fiji had been sent weeks earlier. At home now, he's been resting his back, which didn't benefit from the "12 hour flights to and from Fiji."

Still later, before heading out for a series of errands and a "mud-thick espresso cut with a squirt of scalding water," he sent another email to fill in a few more details.

July 9, 2015

I AM back from Fiji. Not too much to tell about the experience from my perspective.

Now, WYLIE....!! My, God, I want HER life. She spent two weeks "camped" in the back hills of the main island with about 14 other teenagers, performing community services in a variety of increasingly poor villages, teaching, building, painting, romping... She taught the little kids English, and her specialty, computers. There is a program pending to deliver some equipment in the future... etc.

God, she's great!! I'll fill in MY blanks another time.

I'll try to keep these little snippets coming your way...

ra

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY THANK YOU
February 19, 2015

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard's computer finally returned from repair, and as he returned to the world of the internet, he took the opportunity to explore the birthday greetings, fan mail messages, and donations on his website. Touched by the support of his fans, he sent a message of thanks.

February 19, 2015

My computer works!!!!

Before another decade saunters by, I'd like to say something to the near billion (near) men, women, girls, boys, transfolks, etc., who have miraculously remained within earshot of my distant and infrequent voice. I'm not so sure what I should say. I am, however, very certain what I want to say to every- (and/or any-) one who has ever written to me in hopes of either receiving a response... or, at the very least, an acknowledgement that I still breathe, and therefore could very well have, at the very least, read your letters (etc.)

To everyone of YOU !!!!!! I would like to offer my apologies -- because I have let the impression fester and grow that I don't know or care about the beautiful humanoids who have created for me, a very clear and honest (picture/definition of the word *******!!) reality, one that has kept me breathing, and smiling, and embracing... all of you, who have remained... loyal!!

My God, All...... Thank You!!

PS. I believe I've been unclear:
This evening I sat down to apologize to anyone who was still turning an ear to the silence I've provided for Kate (dear, sweet, Miss Kate), as she so faithfully, laboriously, and frustratingly kept the Web Site, (is that how one spells it...?) alive, colorful, as current as she could possibly keep it without ANY help from her subject!!

So..... um.... I'm sorry!

Also, I'm pledging to make it better.

If I can figure out HOW to do it without involving my cell phone.... I'm going to try sending some pictures.
(I've warned her: THIS COULD GET BORING!!)

Love to All,

ra

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
February 14, 2015

Richard's selfie

Richard's most recent selfie arrived from the jungle, with a top secret message. It is self explanatory. Or not.

February 14, 2015

My life as a spy was not as short-lived as many of you may think.

This photo (if you can tell it's me) is an extremely rare (and certainly, Top Secret) capture of myself donning, "the deep cover," "deep-jungle,"... "invisible," "camouflage."

Like I said, "classified," so, you know, go ahead and "destroy" this...... "evidence," and then let me know how much you "like" the picture of me.

"SQUACK" -- roger -- over

(Anderson, Rick) Pretend you can't read this name, OK?

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WICKED
January 27, 2015

Richard and Wylie on the stage at Wicked

After attending a performance of "Wicked" in Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday with his daughter Wylie, Richard shared a picture of the two of them on the stage of the Pantages Theater, and he added a note about his 65th birthday.

January 27, 2015

My exquisite daughter takes me to "Wicked" for my birthday!!

Though it's the 2nd for me, the 3rd for her, this production brought us both to tears of appreciation and awe.

(My dear friend, Kim Zimmer, whom I have not seen for a decade, is in this production, making the passing of year 65 not just painless, but...... perfect!!)

Thank you, Wylie!

You keep me happy!!

Dad

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY
January 23, 2015

Richard turned 65 years old on January 23rd, and fans gathered to send their best wishes and to donate to his charities in honor of the occasion.

The eCards and links were forwarded to him as the day dawned, and in the wee hours of the morning, he sent a brief response after checking his email. He had begun reading through the messages, but with so many hundreds to read, he promised to return after getting some rest.

January 23, 2015

I have had to resort (finally !!) to an old iPad for this response; I've been without proper computer service for nigh on....... well, a whole bunch of time.

For once I won't be wandering aimlessly about a "catch up" message, with this hunt-and-peck, finger poking style on the keyboard. But, in a breath, I will say that when my clunker old Mainframe is brought back to life (prayers!), I will be very motivated to jot something proper to what feels like a band of wild loyalists!

Bought tickets to "Wicked" so Wylie can take me to the theater on my birthday, tonight. I'll tell you all about it.

Going to bed right now (4:10AM).

Thank you, once again, thank you.

R

~ 2014 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHRISTMAS FLASH MOB
December 21, 2014

US Air Force Band Christmas Flash Mob

Welcoming the Christmas season, Richard forwarded a message that he had received. It included a link to a YouTube video, recorded in December 2013, of a Flash Mob performance by the U.S. Air Force Band at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. After enjoying the video, he passed it on with his own brief review:

December 21, 2014

Love the Military..... Rick

Video of the 2013 US Air Force Band Holiday Flash Mob is available in the Video Gallery c/o TheUSAFBand and on YouTube.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
THE DIVINERS
November 21, 2014

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard had been keeping busy since his return from New Zealand. He took a moment to share his pride in his daughter's latest performance at her high school, and he promised that more "reflections" would come.

November 21, 2014

Wylie appeared in the opening night of "The Diviners," and I must say...... she is wonderful!

It's a very 'straight' play, sad, heavy, etc. and Wylie rose to a new level of performance. I have always suggested she slow down, breathe, calm herself.... listen.....

Director cornered me to make some very complimentary remarks -- which he rarely does.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
NEW ZEALAND
October 25, 2014

Richard's selfie taken at Hobbiton

On Saturday evening, following the first full day of Armageddon Expo, Richard finally succeeded in getting his iPad to work, and he shared his impressions of New Zealand, the convention, and his visit to Hobbiton.

October 25, 2014

I now have an iPad, and thus, a far less frustrating way to communicate.

The convention is very, very well attended (see: crowded!).

NZers are so polite, and appreciative, with apparently grand, good hearts.

Nearly a 3 hour trek to visit Hobbit Town (Ville, City, etc.) -- very worth the bus ride. Little Hobbit stuff everywhere! BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE!!! Exquisite countryside! I want that countryside!!! (Paleese).

Looooooong flight to get here.
I hear it's longer going back.

More to come.

RA

Click here for more photos and media appearances from Richard's visit to Auckland.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
October 24, 2014

Richard's selfie taken at Hobbiton

While touring Hobbiton, the "Lord of the Rings" movie set near Auckland, New Zealand, Richard resumed his series of selfies of the partially obscured traveller.

In town for the Armageddon Expo this weekend, he managed to get his iPad to connect, and sent a brief message with the as yet uncaptioned selfie.

October 24, 2014

I have been trying to get my iPad to work, and my iPhone. If you receive this message you will be the first.

In a later message, he added his own caption for his most recent photo:

RD @ Hobbit Town, Middle Earth. In bg is the front door to his newly-acquired Hobbit Hole -- really just a small condo.

Click here for more photos and media appearances from Richard's visit to Auckland.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
September 12, 2014

Richard's selfie

Richard stopped by today to share another of his selfies.

This one came without a caption - just a smile.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CHALLENGERS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
September 4, 2014

Challengers Boys and Girls Club

This afternoon, Richard forwarded a message he had received, asking for support for the Challengers Boys & Girls Club, one of the charities that he supports.

September 4, 2014

Can we forward this out to the fans? ~ Rick

Hello ALL!

Challengers Boys & Girls Club is one of the 2 remaining finalists in the LA Laker Foundation YOU Grant Refurbishment Contest. The winner of this contest will receive the resources needed to refurbish/build a basketball court at their facility. For us this means refurbishing our outdoor Nike court. The winner is decided by the fans so I need for you and everyone that you know to go to this website and vote for Challengers Boys & Girls Club so that we can beat out the competition and WIN this contest.

PLEASE SHARE this link via text, email, social media and every outlet that you may have.

Fans may only vote once and the voting period ends at Noon PDT on Friday, September 12, 2014. (TIP: You can vote more than once by using different emails.)

So stop what you are doing and VOTE TODAY and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Corey Dantzler
Challengers Boys and Girls Club
www.cbgcla.org

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
August 22, 2014

Richard's picture of Andy

Today Richard sent yet another picture of Andy, an artistic rendering worthy of a painting.

August 22, 2014

Oils v. Acrylic

This is the Dog I stole from Rembrandt.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
August 21, 2014

Richard's picture of Andy

Today, Richard shared another photo of his "favorite people."

This time, Daisy's companion, Andy, posed for Richard's camera.

August 21, 2014

Andy ~ Silhouette Yawn

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DAISY
August 20, 2014

Richard's picture of Daisy

After a bit of a break from the odd adventures of the partially obscured traveller, Richard returned to share some more of his own pictures. In the wee hours of the morning, he sent a picture of his dog, Daisy.

August 20, 2014

Daisy Doo, Lover Dog.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 7, 2014

Richard's continuing selfie saga

Richard's captioned selfie saga continued later in the day with yet another original photo.

August 7, 2014

She could turn on me at any moment. I was only food to her.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 7, 2014

Richard's continuing selfie saga

Later that same afternoon, Richard sent another captioned photo in the continuing adventures of the partially obscured traveller.

August 7, 2014

In Baggage Claim I was sure to be alone; I would lose him there.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 7, 2014

Richard's continuing selfie saga

Another day brought part three of Richard's continuing series of captioned photos "documenting" his flight home.

August 7, 2014

A picture of LA LIGHTS hung on the wall...

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 6, 2014

Richard's selfie

Richard returned today with the second picture in his series of selfies.

August 6, 2014

Then................... it occurred to me.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
August 4, 2014

Richard's selfie

Following his appearance at Shore Leave 36, Richard boarded a plane and headed for home. As he was arriving back in Los Angeles, he sent a quick photo, a selfie taken on the trip, with a promise for more details to come.

August 4, 2014

Here is a picture for you to post somewhere... Caption to follow.

Later, Richard returned with another message. He explained that he had taken a series of selfies, which he hoped to send over time, "that might portray my 'Guy,' suspecting something odd is happening around him." The adventure would begin on the plane, and he offered the caption for his picture:

The flight was well under way when he appeared. He was staring at me... through closed eyes.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DOG
July 23, 2014

Richard's photo uncaptioned

Richard shared more of his photography today.

His picture of a dog arrived this time without a caption.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
QANTAS
July 2, 2014

On Tuesday evening, Richard was scheduled to fly to Australia to attend Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne, Australia this weekend. However, a major mishap occurred on board the flight, prompting Richard to send this message early Wednesday morning. Here's hoping the rest of his travels are less eventful.

July 2, 2014

Well, this is something! Three hours out, over the Pacific Ocean, a main water pipe snapped and gushed 70% of ALL water on board, down the galley wall, creating a raging river that ran the length of the BRAND NEW A-380-600 Air Bus, forcing the plane to turn around and return to Los Angeles... Which is where I am now.

Qantas is putting us up in a hotel until our replacement flight takes off later tonight from LAX, arriving Melbourne very early, Aussie time.

One word: OMG !!!

"NOTE FROM RICK"
LOS ANGELES KINGS
June 2, 2014

Los Angeles Kings

Richard had been spending the weekend in Düsseldorf, Germany for FedCon 23, but he hadn't forgotten the Stanley Cup playoffs taking place back in the United States. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Kings faced the Chicago Blackhawks in game seven of the Western Conference finals, and Richard stayed up well past midnight to follow the game live online. At 4am, as the game progressed, Richard sent a brief message from Germany to test his internet access.

June 2, 2014

I hope this finds you!

Let me start with an update on logistics (I very well may mean, geography...?)

I am in Düsseldorf.... which is in Germany, which is in Europe, which lies mostly west of Asia, which articulates the Pacific Ocean, which spans a massive distance with mostly very, very cold and salty water.... More often than not, I am situated on the right side of the Pacific Ocean as you contemplate most every globe on the face of the.... well.... planet, which, of course, is often represented by.... a globe.

All of which serves as a reminder to ME, anyway, that we all gotta be somewhere most all of the time.... I do believe.

Richard


Later that day, he headed home by way of London, and while waiting for his flight to board, he added to his previous message.

June 2, 2014

At Heathrow waiting 2 minutes more...

It's a LITTLE frustrating to be in a foreign country, (TWO foreign countries, actually, as I travel throughout the day) and have "YOUR LOS ANGELES KINGS!!!!!!" pull off yet another miracle, certainly set an all-time record of 3 consecutive, 7th game playoff victories, AND earn their second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in three years.... by beating the Chicago Blackhawks in their pursuit of a 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup Championship.... 4-3 in overtime.

The radio reception I conjured on the computer last night was the WGN feed from Chicago --- the two Chicago announcers not once showing an ounce of objectivity, clearly and openly cheering the Blackhawks on to what turned out to be a home team, home town, defeat.

At about 5:16 AM, Düsseldorf time, I mustered but a smile.... of victory.

My flight is boarding. Good night.

Richard

~ 2013 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY
November 11, 2013

Richard's picture of Andy

Richard sent a quick, spontaneous message to share his latest photo of his "girl" - his Australian shepherd, Andy.

November 11, 2013

This is my Girl.

Truly, what's not to love ?¿

Richard

"NOTE FROM RICK"
PAUL WATSON
November 1, 2013

Richard with Paul Watson and members of Sea Shepherd - October 28, 2013

Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had been unable to return to the United States since May of 2012 when an Interpol Red Notice from Costa Rica called for his arrest for an alleged violation dating back to 2002. However, when the Red Notice was dropped, Captain Watson was able to return once again to the US, and one of his first stops on October 28th was a visit with Richard at his home in Malibu. Richard sent a brief message about their visit earlier in the week.

November 1, 2013

Paul stopped by. He and an intimate group of three Shepherds came to the house for Limeade and Lemonade. Everyone took a hand full of ice with their lemonade -- PW and I both had the limeade.

Other than the Captain responding to a few direct inquiries about the politics that plague our organization, and some rather animated epithets shot toward the Japanese whaling industry, our afternoon was peaceful, quiet, and filled with loving relief that our friend was home, and safe.

Richard

"NOTE FROM RICK"
WYLIE
July 6, 2013

Richard's selfie with a younger Wylie in costume

In the middle of the night, Richard dropped by to share a quick "hello" and a photo of himself with young Wylie, probably taken during an earlier Halloween.

July 6, 2013

Hi,

Truly, just want to say, Hello.

Richard

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MELBOURNE
March 21, 2013

Richard in Melbourne

Richard was among the supporters who waited at the pier in Williamstown on March 20th to welcome home the Sea Shepherd fleet of Operation Zero Tolerance. He also participated in a press conference, sharing his support for Sea Shepherd and Captain Paul Watson, and he briefly attended the celebratory party that evening.

March 21, 2013

Today was the return of three-fourths of the Sea Shep's armada. The party was tonight, an event from which I had to part early-ish.

It has been an absolutely glorious day! Except for the fact that Captain Watson could not join us because of the political issues that keep him at sea, ostracized and country-less, (Thank you, Japanese Whaling Industry for your unlawful and maniacal slaughter of the Whales of the Australian Whale Sanctuary) the day WAS near perfect. Some of us were surprised to NOT see the Federal Police of Australia, as we expected Paul to be arrested immediately if he showed his snowy-white head. But, no show for the Federalies..... OR Captain Watson.

I should try to continue my musing when I get home. We leave later this morning, Thursday, and of course, I am not packed. (I HATE THAT!!!!) But, I've kept it simple here in Williamstown, unpacking only one small carry-on suitcase which easily housed the clothing I nearly didn't need. I've rotated four Sea Shepherd black t-shirts, three pair of sun glasses, necessities, LA Kings Stanley Cup Champions hat, and some unmentionable contraband for the family.... heh, heh....

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

rda

Click here to see photos and media appearances from Richard's week-long visit to Comic-Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
AUSTRALIA
March 18, 2013

Richard in Perth

Richard left Adelaide and flew to Melbourne for the arrival of the Sea Shepherd fleet later this week. During the earlier part of his travels in Australia, he was having difficulty connecting to the internet to keep in touch. However, in Melbourne, he joked about finally finding "civilization" in the form of a strong WiFi signal.

March 18, 2013

Oh, helloooooo.....!!

I have reached civilization, finally, and all the comforts held within. Running water, running electricity, running tabs....

I've been outfitted with not just an internet connection with a strong WiFi stream, but A KEYBOARD to boot. Not such an oddity for travelers who lug a 'mouse' around, but on the road I have gotten used to bringing my iPad, a mouseless unit, upon which it takes forever to compose! Arragh, I say.... arragh.

A comment on the events of recent days passed is easy: Australians are the most patient and polite people I have encountered in the Southern Hemisphere. That's a fairly large chunk of the earth, children, and there is another half-dome not included in this scientific study.

But I stand by my opinion.

Richard

Click here to see photos and media appearances from Richard's week-long visit to Comic-Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
CONVENTIONS
March 4, 2013

Richard Dean Anderson

With the announcement of the upcoming convention schedule, Richard sent another brief email, this time looking forward to his return to North America.

March 4, 2013

It will be good to finally be "conning" in North America!

Bopping around the world for the last few years, Germany, England, South Africa, Brazil, Paris.... Australia. The list grows for international visitations, so it's time to work on my American accent.

I love the travel, around the world or across part of any given hemisphere, it's all excellent. But I really haven't spent enough time around my own continent (lately).

So.... Calgary, Dallas, Toronto, open wide!!! AAhhhhh.....

Richard

Richard is scheduled to be a guest at the following upcoming conventions: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 26-28, 2013), Dallas Comic-Con (May 18-19, 2013), and Fan Expo Canada in Toronto (August 23-25, 2013).

"NOTE FROM RICK"
AUSTRALIA
March 3, 2013

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard will soon be leaving for Australia to attend the Oz Comic-Con in Perth and Adelaide. In a quick email he shared his anticipation for his return to the southern hemisphere.

March 3, 2013

I'm heading down under. Down under what, you might ask. Well, I got no answer to that. Just.......that's where I'm headed.

It's been a couple of years and I will be honest: I've missed being in the southern hemisphere, so I am looking forward to getting there....

Actually, I look forward to BEING there more than I am GETTING there. 14-16 hour flight? Oy. OY!!, I say.

Dogs licking my legs, gotta go.

Richard

"NOTE FROM RICK"
MARINE CORPS VIDEO
January 28, 2013

Richard in the Marine Corps video

An early promotional video entitled "The Birthday Party" was produced by the US Marine Corps to celebrate its 200th anniversary and featured a young Richard Dean Anderson in a series of vignettes. As the video was being added to the Filmography of the website, Richard shared a few brief memories of his experience during the filming of one of his earliest appearances.

January 28, 2013

It's a vague recollection on all of this stuff.

I got picked from a lineup of male-type specimens, a couple hundred or so. I read a couple of scenes with a few of the boys, and ultimately got the part.

The clearest memory I have of the experience is waiting for the sun to rise just a wee bit so we could start shooting. (Obviously an event planned without my approval. 3:15am call time. I mean, come on... Really?)

Anyway, while waiting and slithering down a hot pepper-laced breakfast burrito, I started to sense a "presence" around the truck, and, damned if I didn't catch actual movement near the shoreline.

What to my watering eyes did I see? But a gaggle of SEALs, walking upright, making a beeline, straight at lonely ole me. Scary-ish encounter.

I had been warned to not (NOT) talk to the SEALs if they happened among us. But they were curious, and ultimately, quite chatty!

Rick

More information about "The Birthday Party" is available in the Filmography.

The video is available in the Video Gallery.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY THANK YOU
January 24, 2013

Richard Dean Anderson

In between computer crises, Richard has been able to surf through more of his birthday messages, and he took another moment to send his thanks to the fans.

January 24, 2013

OK!

WOW! There really ARE thousands of.... well wishers. I began with the latest of WW's birthday greetings, noting the relative (possibly, futile) impossible-ness of what lay before me. But, here is my pledge: I will make eye contact with every note of well wishing... eventually. Now that I half-know how to get to places in the InterWeb (meaning, Kate told me where to go, one fine spring day ---- and I followed her suggestion). [ssseeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhh.....! ... I uttered, upon following Ms. Ritter's directive.]

So, I've begun to enter, the Forest of Redemption, by first, offering an absolutely honest and sincere apology to every, single (or married or co-habitatting), humanoid, that has ever attempted to send me a tiding, good or bad. It's about trust, people. Thousands of people have been SO good to me, most by simply jotting down a sentiment and pushing a button or two. Others still send paper letters! (It's true, not everyone can afford a computer; this can make e-mails a little tougher to produce, a reality for which we must adjust.) For me, it is becoming more and more obvious that I shouldn't assume YOU ALL know that I DO appreciate EVERY note, letter and blueberry I receive over the course of time. I have been v-e-r-y s-l-o-w to peek out of my tent to assess the temperature of things, like, EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

Of course everyone will have to accept the fact that SUDDENLY I may have to ditch the premises to pick up my Kid on very short notice.

Like now!

Richard

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY
January 23, 2013

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard has been struggling with computer issues for several weeks. Just as one problem would be repaired, another one would appear. Despite the technological troubles, however, he has been enjoying the many birthday wishes and donations that have been sent by fans, and he wrote to express his gratitude and appreciation.

January 23, 2013

Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou...

The computer WAS working for, oh, several hours, and then, (I kid you not), burped up a shy puff of smoke. Smoke!! Fer krine owt lowd. It's been suggested that time has come for a new 'puter.

But thank you for the fanage wishes. I will eventually have a working unit with which to read ALL sentiments.

An enormous Thanks to EVERYBODY!!!

...and love from this old fart...

ra

"NOTE FROM RICK"
HAPPY NEW YEAR
January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Richard sent a quick email to wish everyone much happiness in the brand New Year.

January 1, 2013

I wish everyone happiness in the coming year.

As this has all the potential of being an exquisitely wonderful new year, I am leaning even heavier on the sentiment of Happy(ness) for anyone who truly wants it.

Rick

~ 2012 ~

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23
November 29, 2012

Richard in Paris

Richard sent a quick text message to announce that late last night he finalized an agreement to appear on the ABC sitcom, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23." When he has a moment to add more details about his upcoming appearance, the information will be added here.

November 29, 2012

I've agreed to "appear" very briefly on an episode of the show, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23." I did so LATE last night.

Driving now. Bbye.

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
STARGATE SG-1 GAME
November 19, 2012

Richard in Paris

Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks have been dropping Twitter hints about offering their voices to a new Stargate project, an SG-1 app game with the tag "Stargate Unleashed," and now Richard has offered confirmation that he, too, will be lending his voice to the project. Details are few so far, but in his latest message, Richard mentions his role in the new game as well as his continued support for the Quench the Fire event returning on December 9th.

November 19, 2012

A quick update: I do believe I will be voicing the character of, "Jack O'Neill", for the Stargate Game. In fact, I should be recording tomorrow, but, nobody talks to me so I don't know......

Quench the Fire -- I am there! I think I'm connected for life to the honorable cause... at least until we find a cure for........ pain. With some authority I can predict the event will be held at the same location as last year.... Details to follow.

Dogs are barking madly, out of control, gotta tend....

Love to every, single, humanoid within/beyond earshot.

Richardeanderson

"NOTE FROM RICK"
A MUSING
October 26, 2012

Richard in Paris

As the US presidential election approaches (on November 6th), Richard shared another email which he entitled, "A Musing, Upon Which I Will Add."

October 26, 2012

It's probably obvious to anyone who knows me, or even knows ABOUT me, that, from my relatively distant past until recently, I have not been one to react to political.... stuff. Certainly, I've not been much of an intellectual challenge to anybody, except for a couple of chums from the neighborhood, or, equally lost souls I may have met along the way. I've mostly been aware of the doin's in Washington (it was a little tough to keep up and adjust to the massive cultural transformation we went through during eras like, the 60's, 70's, 80's, and most of the 90's), but what I didn't grasp initially, I made up for as the century's odometer turned over to all zeros, and a 2.

Actually, 1998 slapped me upside o' the head with the arrival of my fresh lease on life: a daughter, unto me, was hatched.

Anderson. Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
TAKE A BREATH, RICHARD
October 18, 2012

Richard in Paris

Richard took a thoughtful moment today to reach out to fans with an email message he entitled, "Take a Breath, Richard."

October 18, 2012

I do believe any entries from me will come in brief bursts... of... what should we call it? --- Inspiration? OK! Inspiration it is. Or... Energy! Sudden bursts of energy, which come somewhat infrequently, but DO occur. What I think I have to ask for from all interested parties, is the absolute patience of Saints!

I'm going to make an attempt to communicate with the "outside world," all fans and fannies, (apologies, England!), who await word, ANY WORD, from... ahem... a sleep-deprived, weight-gaining (leveled off, thank you...), polite, but wizened, old fuel.

I should interject here that I'm not aware of any writing style I might reflect; I am, however, a bit rambling and disjointed most of the time, but I can generally bring a particular point back into focus somewhere near the end of any given tangential meandering. Generally, I say... I'm not always successful.

For now, I'd simply like to reintroduce myself: Hello, I'm Richard. I will be trying to stay in closer touch.

(And thank you, Kate, for your indomitable patience and understanding.)

"NOTE FROM RICK"
RETURNING HOME
October 14, 2012

Richard in Paris

As Richard returned home from his week abroad, he sent another text, and looked forward to some rest and reconnecting.

October 14, 2012

Oui, je suis en America, maintenant. Et, je suis... um... lagged, de le jet.

A process to exit LAX, what could have easily destroyed ANY desire to travel again, was made uniquely brief and almost sweat-free by the delightfully attentive personnel of Tahiti Nui, an otherwise lackluster airline. People, good. Airplanes, not so.

Heading home along the Ocean Park route through Venice to avoid the 405 Freeway, which is rumored to be under construction, here, on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

I've come home to hug my daughter and kiss my dogs. I can assess things later, now I must reconnect.

Rad

Click here for information, pictures, and videos from Richard's trip to Paris.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
JULES VERNE FESTIVAL
October 12, 2012

Richard's picture sent from the Jules Verne Festival

Still experimenting with the technology, today Richard managed to send another quick message with a photo attached.

October 12, 2012

Doubtful un foto will make it thru, but, hey, here's a try.

Anderson, Rick

Click here for information, pictures, and videos from Richard's trip to Paris.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
JULES VERNE FESTIVAL
October 11, 2012

Richard in Paris

Following his appearance at the Jules Verne Festival, Richard sent another brief text from his hotel room in Paris on Thursday evening.

October 11, 2012

Pix from here I can't do: limitations in technology.

Event was... Crazy getting there, lots of people. I am now a bit of a prisoner, paparazzi staged just below my hotel window.

Upp!...bath time!

RA

Later in the evening, both Richard and Amanda returned for the second night of the Jules Verne Festival where they also joined astronaut Buzz Aldrin for a concert by David Newman.

Click here for information, pictures, and videos from Richard's trip to Paris.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
JULES VERNE FESTIVAL
October 10, 2012

Richard in Paris

The Jules Verne Festival announced that the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Jules Verne Award for 2012 would be presented to Richard Dean Anderson in recognition of his conservation efforts.

According to the website, "This year, the Festival pays tribute to Richard Dean Anderson, the hero of Stargate and MacGyver. The star is at the confluence of two worlds that are at the heart of the Festival and its rationale, in the tradition of Jules Verne's imagination and nature conservation. For many years, Richard Dean Anderson has been an environmentalist committed to protecting the planet, especially marine environments. He supports the work of Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson. His commitment is an example to all those who commit their celebrity and their means to serve a cause which is vital to us all, as humans, the principal concern: EARTH."

A reception was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Grand Rex in Paris. Although Captain Paul Watson was unable to attend the event, his work with marine conservation was also honored with a Jules Verne Award. The evening also reunited Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping, who was present as a Guest of Honor in recognition of her humanitarian efforts as well as the launch in France of season 4 of Sanctuary.

Following the evening of celebration, at about 2:00am local time, Richard once again shared a few thoughts via text message:

October 10, 2012

Hello, OR Bon Soir. I am crusty with sweat salt from this evening's festivities.

Quite a nice format helped keep things moving along with some levity, and still let the substance remain in focus.

But some crazy-assed paparazzi, to be sure. Nothing dangerous, but still, a pretty good-sized obstacle... Incessantly!

...More later.

To Grey Pur e...

Click here for information, pictures, and videos from Richard's trip to Paris.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
PARIS
October 8, 2012

Richard in Paris

Richard has arrived in Paris, where he will be honored at the Jules Verne Festival on Wednesday.

As he touched down in Paris at about 10am local time, he sent a text from the rainy French capital.

October 8, 2012

So, Paris, airport, arrival, traffic problems: it is raining, a blessing to me.

Sending in pieces in case is not getting thru.

Here for a week and no computer!! iPad, yes. But with my limited aptitude for such things, it will be interesting to see if I can send any thoughts westward, no?

Later in the afternoon, Richard appeared on "Vous Êtes En Direct," ("You Are Live"), a French interview program.

Click here for information, pictures, and videos from Richard's trip to Paris.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
ANDY & DAISY
October 4, 2012

Richard's picture of his dogs, Andy and Daisy

Richard sent another picture of his "favorite people," his dogs Andy and Daisy, and he added a brief note promising more updates.

October 4, 2012

Partial update coming 4th. A little at a time, perhaps.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DRAGON*CON & RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON DAY
August 31 - September 3, 2012

Richard was among the many stars attending the multi-media popular culture convention Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year. His appearance included two panels, one on his own and one with other stars of the Stargate franchise, as well as autograph sessions and photo-ops with fans.

To coincide with Richard's visit to Georgia, the City of Atlanta proclaimed September 1, 2012 as "Richard Dean Anderson Day" in recognition of his many accomplishments over the years.

At the awards banquet that evening, Michael Bond, the son of Julian Bond, a leader in the American civil rights movement, presented Richard with the official Proclamation declaring his special day, and fellow Stargate alum Robert Picardo serenaded him with "You Are My Sunshine" in a humorous tribute.

As he was preparing to return home from the weekend, Richard sent a brief text:

September 3, 2012

All done but the traveling.

Did I mention Sept. 1, 2012 was RDA Day in Atlanta? So decreed by City Councilman Michael Bond (Julian's kid). Mayor in on it too.

Click here to view photos from the Dragon*Con weekend.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON DAY
August 21, 2012

To coincide with Richard's visit to Atlanta for Dragon*Con, the City of Atlanta is issuing a Special Proclamation stating that September 1, 2012 will officially be declared "Richard Dean Anderson Day" in recognition of his many accomplishments over the years.

That evening, there will be a special awards banquet, and Richard will be presented with the Proclamation by Michael Bond, the son of Julian Bond, a leader in the American civil rights movement.

August 21, 2012

So, there you go.

The gesture came out of nowhere, and prior to this I have no recollection of doing anything SPECIAL for the city of Atlanta.... so, nowhere!

Quite an honor....

Rick

Tickets to the Guest of Honor Awards Banquet are available to attendees at Dragon*Con.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
DRAGON*CON
August 12, 2012

Richard sent a quick text to let fans know that he will be appearing at Dragon*Con, a multi-media popular culture convention being held in Atlanta, Georgia from August 31 to September 3, 2012.

August 12, 2012

I'd like to spread the word that I'm going to be in Atlanta, Georgia @ the end of August. The name of this thing... has a Con at the end of it...

Rick

Information about the convention and event tickets can be found at the Dragon*Con website.

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 14, 2012

Richard in South Africa

After completing the filming of his commercial in South Africa, Richard had the opportunity to experience some of the genuine wildlife that the country had to offer.

He shared one more message as he landed in Los Angeles, refering to the "Big 5" big-game animals that he was able to experience on safari: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.

July 14, 2012

Big 5. Can you guess?

Extremely up close, intimate moments with a Leopard as he ate final morsels of extremely fresh meat!!! That was today.

Saw the same cat the NIGHT before on drive around. Up he stood for a stretch, no more than 8 ft. from my tasty loins. Exquisite experience!!

List of others to come.

2hrs Sabi Sabi - Joburg
8.5 hrs - Dubai
15+ hrs - LA.
What price wanderlust?

Just touched down in CA. Battery about to drop.

r

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 9, 2012

Richard's selfie from South Africa Richard's selfie from South Africa

Still in South Africa filming his Mercedes commercial, Richard shared two more selfies.

Both were captioned: "I spend a lot of time alone. Sometimes I am absolutely ecstatic with this fact. To set!"

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 8, 2012

Richard's selfie taken during the filming of a commercial

During a cold night shoot in South Africa, Richard shared another selfie.

It was captioned: "Now 7:02 shooting at night. Spooky, cold. I love it. Just one day left and it's a night. Chilly."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 7, 2012

Richard's picture taken during the filming of a commercial Richard's picture taken during the filming of a commercial

Richard continued his journey in South Africa in a more urban setting as he shared two more photos taken during the filming of his new Mercedes commercial.

The first image (left) was captioned: "Early shots will all be urban location stuff."

The fourth image (right) was captioned: "Fox Street, Marshalltown, South Africa."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 6, 2012

Richard's picture of rubber ducks in South Africa Richard's picture of rubber ducks in South Africa

Richard continued his Wild South African Adventure with a second message and more pictures of the native wildlife.

July 6, 2012

I'm thinking of following all Ducks with something equally absurd, "...the mad dogs of Melrose Park, a pictorial ...." I don't have it REAL thought out (naturally).

The third image (left) was captioned: "I approach semi-cautiously... not wanting to disturb this lovely moment, seen only... In the Wilds of Nature!"

The fourth image (right) was captioned: "Finally, mother Rubber Duckie, can contain her instincts no longer: a bloodcurdling roar is all I recall, yes, a roar."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SOUTH AFRICA
July 6, 2012

Richard's picture of rubber ducks in South Africa Richard's picture of rubber ducks in South Africa

Richard began the month of July with a visit to South Africa. For two weeks, from July 1st to the 14th, he is shooting a commercial for Mercedes.

While he is there, he promised to share pictures of his adventures.

July 6, 2012

I'm shooting a commercial for Mercedes. They are introducing a new vehicle somewhere in the future, (October), and asked me to be a part of the launch.

I have to say it feels kinda good to be working again. ~rda

His encounter with "the Wilds of Nature" began with a photo exposé posted to Twitter.

The first image (left) was captioned: "So pix to Kate it is. Thanks All I've been so irresponsible."

The second image (right) was captioned: "The 'wilds' of Southern Africa, a small clearing, a watering hole, the mother yellow Duckie protects her young...."

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
March 11, 2012

Richard's picture of a dog Richard's selfie in Tibet

Richard shared more pictures with the site when two more of his photos arrived today.

One picture seems to be from his trip to Tibet in 2001, and one of another canine member of the family.

March 11, 2012

Did these 2 pix get to you?

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
March 4, 2012

Richard's experimental selfie Richard's selfie

Shortly after his first attempt at sending a selfie, Richard followed up with two more pictures.

The first was an artistic rendering of a selfie, and the second was a picture of his dog Andy. Both pictures were captioned, "Two dogs."

March 4, 2012

Let's try this again. A picture..... maybe.....

"NOTE FROM RICK"
SELFIE
March 4, 2012

Richard's selife

Richard was practicing with different ways to forward photos, and by way of experimentation, he wanted to try texting a few random pictures to share with the site.

His first attempt was a smiling selfie with the simple caption, "Smile!"

"NOTE FROM RICK"
COMMERCIALS
February 12, 2012

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard wanted to share his latest news about two commercial ventures. The first, for Mercedes Benz, plays on the MacGyver legacy, and the second, for Gillette, includes a trip to Brazil for Carnival.

February 12, 2012

I am doing two commercial ventures for two companies:

Mercedes Benz is launching a campaign which will launch the new vehicle they are pushing somewhere down the line. The "commercial" will only appear in parts of Europe, so I wasn't going to make too big a deal about it. The story boards are simple, straightforward depictions of "MacGyver" (unquote) making use of the new vehicle in very MacGyverish ways. There's a bit of clever cuteness to the pieces, but that's fine. Limited usage, short showings.

Tomorrow I'm first doing the photo shoot for the Mercedes campaign, then at night I'll be flying to Brazil to represent the Gillette people at Carnival with something new and exciting! Razor blades I think, maybe...?

This "event" is a very local thing, somehow connected to Carnival, and probably a simple live appearance at the "point of sale," photos, media interviews...

Time for bed,

Rick

"NOTE FROM RICK"
BIRTHDAY
January 23, 2012

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard spent part of his birthday morning exploring the messages and gifts on the website, and he dropped a line expressing his appreciation and thanks.

January 23, 2012

So... thousands of well-wishers, fans, and supporters!!! You've rocked me back on my heels. I started at the wrong end of the list until I realized the dates on the texts were shrinking. So I skipped ahead a little. Then I took a casual stroll down the queue. This thing is amazing. Thank you, so much!

I'm going to write a letter (sic) later today, to the Loyal and Patient followers of rdandersondotcom. I truly know it's been said before, but I am sincerely touched by all of this.

Later on,

Rick

~ 2011 ~