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Last Updated: 18 October 2004


Richard's episode of new ABC drama "Desperate Housewives" airs Oct 17th, repeats Oct 23rd

Richard joins cast of new Jim Carrey movie, Fun with Dick and Jane

FOX drama "Point Pleasant" gets 12-episode order as midseason replacement; Richard plays Ben Kramer

Richard signs on for "Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7" charity auction, October 22-24th

Sci Fi's Darklight to encore Oct 30th; Richard plays William Shaw

Richard signs on to attend "Return to Cascade" Sentinel Convention in February 2005

Cellular now in theaters; Richard plays Craig Martin

Decoys DVD now available online; only Canadian version has bloopers and deleted scenes!

Welcome aboard, Capt. Vincent Hunter -- "The District" premieres on USA Network in syndication

Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes coming up on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"

In Her Shoes slated for early 2005 release; Richard plays Jim Danvers

"The Sentinel" once again on hiatus on the US SciFi Channel

Official RBFC charity, the FSLMMC, gets new name -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

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Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard guests in Desperate Housewives' Pretty Little Picture [18 Oct 04] *** Richard guests on new ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives" -- airs Sundays at 9:00pm ET/PT *** -- Richard will appear in the October 17th episode, "Pretty Little Picture," playing Karl, the ex-husband of Teri Hatcher's character, Susan Mayer. Richard was working on "Desperate Housewives" during the week of August 2nd. Karl could become a recurring character.

The episode will encore on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00pm.

Interestingly, one of Richard's scenes with Teri Hatcher has been used in promo spots advertising the new series. Karl pays an unexpected visit to his ex and catches her in the shower. They argue and he departs, Susan trailing behind him wearing nothing but a towel. Naturally, the towel gets caught in the car door as Karl pulls off, leaving poor Susan scrambling about like Eve in search of a few fig leaves.

The Futon Critic website gave this description of the show:

"A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on 'happily ever after,' 'Desperate Housewives' takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V."

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website.

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Desperate Housewives," and to Richard for the episode name)


Richard joins cast of new Jim Carrey movie [18 Oct 04] *** Richard joins cast of new Jim Carrey comedy Fun with Dick and Jane *** -- Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni headline this update of the 1977 original, which starred Jane Fonda and George Segal. Carrey and Leoni play Dick and Jane Harper, a couple who find themselves on the verge of financial collapse when Dick loses his job. The Harpers turn to a life of crime to pay the bills, apparently preying on their wealthy neighbors and friends.

Angie Harmon joins the production in the role of Veronica.

Richard, who will be working on the film for five weeks, plays neighbor Joe Kleman (spelling uncertain).

The production began principal photography  in Los Angeles in early September, with outdoor "neighborhood" location work taking place on the Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shoreline. 

At present, 24 June 2005 is being given as the US premiere date for Fun with Dick and Jane.

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the initial info and to Deborah for the online sleuthing)


Point Pleasant gets 12-episode order [18 Oct 04] *** "Point Pleasant" gets 12-episode order from FOX, goes into production in November for possible February 2005 premiere *** -- FOX's supernatural drama "Point Pleasant" is now slated to go into production in November. The show will be based in San Diego, CA. FOX has greenlighted a 12-episode order (13 including a re-shoot of the pilot). The series could premiere as early as February, according to FOX's Point Pleasant presentation at MIPCOM, joining the Thursday night schedule in the 9:00pm timeslot.

The foxnow.com website offers a detailed -- and tantalizing -- description of the show:

"The quiet beach community of POINT PLEASANT is about to get much louder when a sudden, violent storm washes in more than the tide. Local lifeguard Jesse spies Christina [Elisabeth Harnois] floating in the sea and immediately dives in to save her life. He takes her to the home of Dr. Ben Kramer [Richard Burgi], whose daughter Judy and wife Meg take an immediate liking to Christina. For Christina, Point Pleasant offers both respite from her protected boarding-school existence in New York, and the opportunity to search for her mother, Ann - who, surprisingly, grew up in the area but has never been a part of Christina's life. Aside from the Kramers' fondness for her, and Jesse's budding attraction, it seems that secret desires, repressed feelings and heightened emotions inexplicably begin to flare when Christina is near. Christina never knew her mother, and doesn't realize that she's never truly known her father, either. Christina is the offspring of a mortal woman and the Devil - and although she doesn't know it, the battle for her soul has begun."

Richard spent part of March 2004 working on the pilot. Described as "a cross between 'Peyton Place' and The Omen," as well as "a gentler Rosemary's Baby on the Jersey shore," the supernatural series focuses on a mysterious girl (Christina,  played by Elisabeth Harnois), who washes ashore one day after a shipwreck. 

Cast breakdowns give the following description of Ben:  "A local physician who shares his seaside home with his wife and daughter, he feels uneasy about the young girl whom he's taken into his home. But, after seeing the growing bond his wife and daughter have with Christina, Ben decides not to push the matter - not just yet anyway. The role is listed in his late 40s and the doctor is described as intelligent and confident."

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant")


Wheelmen released in Scandinavia as The Limo Boys [18 Oct 04] *** "A rose by any other name..." Richard's "Wheelmen" hits Scandinavian rental market *** -- "Wheelmen" joined the Scandinavian rental market in June of this year. The Region 2 DVD has been retitled "The Limo Boys," with the one-sheet based DVD artwork reflecting the name change and a somewhat different emphasis on actor credits.

A Google search for "The Limo Boys" produces a list of DVD rental websites throughout Northwestern Europe, with the DVD presently targeted at the Scandinavian market (while the audio is apparently still in English, the subtitles are in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish on the Nordisk Film release).

Assuming this DVD follows the path of most rental titles, it is likely "The Limo Boys" will soon enter the retail market.

A complete listing for the DVD can be found at the following Danish website: http://www.digitarian.dk

(Thanks to DebbieLD and Danny for the information)


Richard Burgi joins Garett Maggart at LCA 7 event [18 Oct 04] *** Richard to join Sentinel costar and friend Garett Maggart at next weekend's "Lights, Camera, Auction, Take 7" charity auction *** -- Richard has been added to the list of celebrities slated to attend this year's Lights, Camera, Auction event, which will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX in Los Angeles October 22-24 2004.

Staged by the non-profit Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance, the LCA event is the seventh annual charity auction and the first to be held in Los Angeles. (Previous LCA events were held in Canada). The MPICA website has this to say of the organization:

"The Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance is an entertainment industry-based non-profit organization that hosts charity auctions featuring items donated by studios, theatres, actors, directors, producers and crew members of popular movies, television series and stage productions. At these auctions, the fans of the shows are given the opportunity to collect special memorabilia while simultaneously generating funds for noteworthy causes. The selected charities benefit from both the generosity of the donations and from the enthusiasm and support of the fans. Each yearly event benefits one US and one Canadian charity, with different charities selected for each event."

Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7 will benefit the Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Canada and Hollygrove Children and Family Services in Hollywood, California.

For information on attending the LCA event, visit the LCA 7 page at the MPICA website: http://www.mpica.org/LCA7/main.htm

(Thanks to Deborah and Kris for the info on LCA 7)


Richard Burgi stars in Sci Fi's Darklight [18 Oct 04] *** Sci Fi Channel offers encore presentation of Darklight *** -- Darklight will air once more on Saturday, October 30th at 7:00pm ET/PT on the Sci Fi Channel.

Richard  plays William Shaw, operative of "The Faith," a secret society dedicated to battling evil. He's joined by Shiri Appleby ("Roswell's" Liz) as Lilith, "Star Trek's" John de Lancie as Chapel, and "Stargate: Atlantis"' David Hewlett as Raeborne.  The three weeks of principal photography began on 28 July '03. 

To learn more about Darklight, visit our previous News page listings, accessible through the RBFC Archive page, and visit the following websites:

The Sofia Sideshow -- http://www.sofiasideshow.com

The Sci Fi Channel -- http://www.scifi.com/darklight/

The IMDb site -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395512/

(Thanks to Richard for the initial heads up, to Deborah for the research, and to Jeff for the photos and background information)


Richard to attend Return to Cascade Convention in February [18 Oct 04] *** Richard to attend "Return to Cascade" Sentinel Convention in February 2005 *** -- Barring unforeseen professional or personal commitments, Richard will be attending the "Return to Cascade" convention, which will be held February 26-27, 2005 at the Westin Hotel (LAX) in Los Angeles.

Richard will be joined by Sentinel costars Garett Maggart and Bruce A. Young, and by series creators and producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo of Pet Fly Productions. Other guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

Complete information on the convention -- venue, fees, guests, registration, program highlights, FAQ -- can be found at the official convention website at: http://www.cascadeconvention.com/

(Thanks to Cacade Conventions for the information)


Cellular in theaters worldwide! Richard pays Craig Martin [18 Oct 04] *** Cellular now in fifth week of theatrical run, earns good ratings from reviewers and "two thumbs up" from Ebert and Roeper *** -- If you've not yet seen Richard Burgi on the Big Screen, now's your chance. The New Line Cinema thriller premiered on September 10th and was met with good ratings and reviews.

Roger Ebert, writing for the Sun Times, gave Cellular 3 1/2 stars and called it "...one of the year's best thrillers." Ebert also said of the film:

"The movie is skillfully plotted, halfway plausible and well acted; the craftsmanship is in the details, including the astonishing number of different ways in which a cell phone can be made to function -- both as a telephone, and as a plot device."

**Cellular meets opening weekend box-office projections** -- Cellular took in some $10.2 million during its first weekend in theaters, which put it on target for New Line projections. The four-week gross was $28.2 million.

** Latest revision of Cellular site features image and audio files of Richard as Craig Martin ** -- The Cellular website has been upgraded considerably with Macromedia Flash features -- images, sound files, and actor biographies, to name a few. 

The site is navigated by use of a satellite image of the Los Angeles Metro area. Hotspots are marked with red and white triangles, and these correspond to key locations in the movie -- the Martin's Brentwood home; the police station; LAX, where the bad guys grab Craig Martin (Richard Burgi); the Santa Monica pier; and, of course, the house in which Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is imprisoned by the kidnappers.

The LAX sub-page includes an image of Richard's Craig Martin being led away by Jason Statham's character, and the Brentwood sub-page plays Craig's voicemail message warning Jessica to get out of the house.

Official Cellular website: http://www.cellularthemovie.com/

Richard completed principal photography on the action-oriented thriller Cellular in late November '03, playing the supporting role of Craig Martin, husband of kidnap victim Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger).  Cellular was written by Larry Cohen and directed by David Ellis. Filming on the Los Angeles-based feature ran from September through November '03, with some additional filming done in early '04.

Cellular stars Kim Basinger as Jessica Martin, with Richard Burgi as Craig Martin, Chris Evans as Ryan Hewitt, William H. Macy as Bob Mooney, Jason Statham, and Jessica Biel as Chloe. The Cellular page at the Internet Movie Database -- http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0337921/ -- gives the following summary:

"A young man (Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon."

E! Online conducted interviews with actors William H. Macy and Chris Evans on the Cellular set, which are available as a trailer of sorts at the moviebox website, along with a small selection of publicity photos. The Moviebox site can be found at: http://www.themoviebox.net/

(Thanks to Richard for the heads up, and to Kat and Deborah for the research)

Banner for Cellular website

[18 Oct 04] *** Have yourself a very Burgi Christmas at amazon.com *** -- All the items listed below are available at either amazon.com or its subsidiary, amazon.ca, and all feature Richard Burgi in some capacity.

Your amazon.com account information will work equally well with the Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/

Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2002) DVD Set -- $14.99 (75% discount)

Richard appears in 12 episodes of the first season of FOX's ground- and record-breaking drama series. The first episode introduces him as Alan York, concerned father of a missing daughter. As the series unfolds, we discover Alan is not who he appears -- he is, in fact, Kevin Carroll, a cold-blooded assassin and mercenary.

The series and series lead Kiefer Sutherland would go on to earn Golden Globes for this season.

Richard's character Kevin Carroll, AKA Alan York, is discussed in both books

Books on 24 (both mention Richard's character)

1) 24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $16.95
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story 

2) 24: The Unofficial Guide by Jim Sangster -- $13.95
A more traditional approach to the series guide -- episode listings, production details, et cetera

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season on DVD -- $67.49 (25% discount)

Richard appears in the episode "High and Low" as paragliding instructor Rick Weston. (Trivia note: "Starship Troopers 2" costar Colleen Porch also appears in "High and Low").
 
 

 

Cellular novelization may offer additional insights into Craig Martin

1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $14.99 (12% discount)

The novelization will be an interesting read, especially if it delves a little deeper into the character of Craig Martin (Richard's role in "Cellular")

"Cellular" is presently in theaters worldwide after premiering on September 10th 2004.
 

The US-market DVD doesn't include bloopers or deleted scenes

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $22.46

Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in this tongue-in-cheek take on the "aliens need humans to reproduce" sci-fi theme. Director Matt Hastings has described "Decoys" as a meeting of "American Pie" and "Species."

There are two versions of the DVD currently available. The US-market version available through amazon.com does not include the deleted scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).

Canadian-market Decoys DVD has deleted scenes and bloopers

Canadian-market version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $29.71 (15% discount)

Release date: July 20, 2004
ASIN: B00029QQRK

The Canadian-market DVD includes an assortment of deleted scenes, the bloopers, a "making of" special, and a photo gallery. The deleted scenes help explain some aspects of the film which are confusing or vague in the theatrical release, and Richard's scenes and bloopers are hilarious.

Richard appears as Womack in The Message

Firefly - The Complete Series DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)

Richard appears in the episode "The Message" as Lt. Womack, an unscrupulous Alliance Enforcement officer. Womack is after an old war buddy of Malcolm and Zoe's and is quite determined to get what he's after.

Had the series continued, Womack would probably have become a recurring character.

Richard plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $13.96 (30% discount)

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98

Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax in "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." The DVD includes the widescreen movie, a "making of" featurette which includes interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage, a photo gallery, and look at the animation process. 

The soundtrack CD presents the entire "Troopers 2" suite, which includes the haunting Dax's Theme.


Canadian-market Decoys DVD contains deleted scenes and bloopers [18 Sep 04]*** US market Decoys DVD joins roster at Amazon.com website; Canadian market version now available at Amazon.ca *** -- Burgi fans interested in owning a DVD of Decoys can order the US market, Region 1-encoded disc through Amazon.com or order the Canadian version (also Region 1, which was released on July 20th) through Amazon's Canadian subsidiary, Amazon.ca. (Amazon.com account holders can use their accounts at the amazon.ca site).

The US market version has the "blue screaming head" DVD box art seen at top left, while the Canadian market DVD art features the "green-eyed Lilly" at left below our descriptive text.

The US-market DVD is listed with a September 7th release date and a price of $17.47.

NOTE! Only the Canadian version, available through Amazon.ca, contains the bloopers and deleted scenes! (Look for the DVD cover with the large photo of reptilian-eyed Lilly, and the July 24th release date). 

The ordering specifics and DVD details for each version can be found at the relevant websites --  www.amazon.ca for the Canadian release, and www.amazon.com for the US version.

European (Region 2) viewers can pre-order the Decoys DVD from the UK's www.play.com website, which lists an October 4th release date.

The SciFi Channel's broadcast of Decoys made the "What to Watch" listing in the June 25/July 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly, earning a C grade and the following review:

"Everyone always talks about how hot college chicks are, but what about the ones working the other side of the thermometer? You know, the ones from outer space. The ones who seduce young human males before freezing them from the inside out during sex. What about them?!? Well, they finally get their due in this goofy horror flick. Mild-mannered college student Luke (North Shore's Corey Sevier) meets two cool babes in the laundry room, but realizes something is amiss when he finds a Yanni CD in their room. His suspicions are confirmed when tentacles burst out of their chests. You may be the one who dies laughing."

Writer and director Matt Hastings is reported to be working on a sequel or sequels to Decoys. Such sequels would supposedly follow the men who successfully mated with the outer space sirens and gave birth to their own little bundles of tentacled joy. (Which would explain why poor Detective Kirk was constantly clearing his throat and pulling at his collar at the end of Decoys...)

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, to Chris for the images, and to Linda, JoAnn, and MJ for Amazon.com info)


Catch Richard in The District on USA Network [18 Oct 04] *** Welcome aboard, Captain Vincent Hunter ***  -- With CBS having dropped "The District"  from the Fall 2004 schedule, the USA Network has picked the show up for syndicated broadcast starting in September. USA will air the show  weekdays (Mon-Fri) at 11:00am, 12:00noon, and 6:00pm ET/PT, with an additional airing at midnight on Saturdays.

Richard's episodes airing in October are:
- Oct 25 -- 6:00pm -- "The D.C. Strangler"
- Oct 26 -- 10:30am -- "The D.C. Strangler"

Richard appeared in three of the show's four seasons in a total of twelve episodes, playing the recurring role of the prickly and suspicious Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

Unfortunately, the show did not take maximum advantage of the Hunter character, though they established an intriguing back-story for him in the first season episode "The DC Strangler." Ella Farmer (played by the late Lynn Thigpen) told Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) a bit about Hunter. He was a highly-decorated officer with a relatively high solve rate while in Homicide, a department he left after discovering his wife -- also a police officer --  in bed with his partner..

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Biography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Richard appears in six episodes of Judging Amy [18 Oct 04] *** Richard's episodes of Judging Amy air in August on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" *** -- To date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the hit CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. Though Michael has not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retains joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still has feelings for Amy, and will in all likelihood be back in later episodes.

Meanwhile, viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where "Judging Amy" airs Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT.  Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America" 
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" 
  • "Lost in the System"
  • "People of the Lie" 
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" 
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" (Airing Oct 18th at 1:00pm)
Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website -- http://www.tnt.tv/

TVNow listing  -- www.tv-now.com/

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Richard Burgi joins cast of In Her Shoes [18 Oct 04]*** Fox 2000's In Her Shoes now in post-production, aiming for April 2005 release *** -- In Her Shoes has finished principal photography and is now in the post-production phase. Current reports have mentioned April 2005 as a possible premiere date for the film.

In Her Shoes stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard joined the cast in February and "wrapped out" in mid April with some location scenes in Philadelphia. Richard plays Jim Danvers, one of Rose's (Collette) love interests.  According to the character breakdown, Danvers is "a handsome, suave attorney at the law firm of Lewis, Dommel and Fenick. He's also a cold-hearted ladies man who dumps women without thinking twice."

Based on the Jennifer Weiner book of the same title, In Her Shoes was screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. Rebecca Klein, writing for The Action Insider, gives this brief description of the film's premise:

"This feature film from Fox 2000 will star Cameron Diaz as Maggie Feller, a free-spirited but immature party girl who dreams of stardom. She moves in with her career-oriented older sister Rose after getting evicted from her own apartment.

Sibling rivalry follows when Rose kicks Maggie out after she trashes the apartment and sleeps with Rose's boyfriend."

Shirley MacLaine plays Ella Hirsch, Maggie and Rose's grandmother. Mark Feuerstein plays Simon Stein, another love interest for Rose, while Ken Howard plays Michael Feller, Rose and Maggie's father.

To learn more about In Her Shoes, visit author Jennifer Weiner's website at http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

Production details on In Her Shoes can be found at the IMDb website at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388125/

(Thanks to Richard, Kat, and Deborah for the information and the subsequent sleuthing)



[18 Oct 04]*** The Sentinel currently on summer hiatus at US Sci-Fi Channel***  -- The Sentinel ended its most recent run on the Sci Fi Channel with the June 25th episode. At present, we are assuming the show is on broadcast hiatus with Sci Fi, which has happened in the past. The Sentinel has aired almost continuously on Sci Fi since joining the network's roster in 1999. Remember to check the Sci Fi Channel's Sentinel page for news of the show's return.
Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison in The Sentinel
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
Sentinel on SciFi Banner
on hiatus on hiatus
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel     website for further details ( http://www.scifi.com/sentinel ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(To review earlier, possibly outdated International scheduling information for The Sentinel, refer to our previous News pages, which are available through the Archive Page listings).

(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox for the images)


Richard visits a playful pinniped at the PMMC [18 Oct 04] *** The Official RBFC charity, the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC), has chosen a new name -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ***  -- A recent letter from the MMC (excerpted below) details the name change:

"With the expansion of our responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation, as well as the expansion of our education programs to include a broader curriculum, we have made the decision to take a leap and give ourselves a name that more fully reflects what we do -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

We are excited about the new name, as it is more reflective of our work with all marine mammals, as well as of the ever-expanding scope of environmental education programs we offer. We have big plans for the next couple of years including a renovation of our upstairs education area and the reconstruction of our outdoor pools and pens to accommodate our steadily growing patient load and improve the water quality for the animals.

We are very proud of our history, founders, board members, staff, and volunteers, included. Who would have thought that the rescue of that first tiny harbor seal pup 33 years ago would have such an impact on the lives of the thousands of marine mammals that we have given a second chance at life? We are so grateful to those of you who are long-time donors and to those of you who are new friends. It is your support that has allowed us to build our solid foundation and to provide our quality animal care and education programs over the years. You can be assured that the core values and vision of our organization will always remain the same."

**RBFC News** -- A recent visit to the PMMC revealed that the RBFC had joined the ranks of supporters whose names appear on a handsome plaque outside the Center's gift shop. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who've joined us in supporting the PMMC in Richard's honor!

(Thanks to Deborah, Kat, and MJ for the info)


RBFC pelican logo [18 Oct 04]*** Buy your Official Richard Burgi Fan Club tee-shirt today! *** -- Featuring the official RBFC logo seen at left  on the upper left chest, these tee-shirts are heavy-duty cotton. The shirts are short-sleeved, cream-colored, with the logo silk-screened in black, and are available in Adult Extra Large size. The shirts can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with the prices as follows:

Continental USA -- $10 ($12 PayPal) -- includes S&H
International -- $15 ($18 PayPal) -- includes S&H

If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address below:

The RBFC
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Toluca Lake, CA 91602
U.S.A.

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[18 Oct 04] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
USA

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address!  Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety.  If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it! We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.

While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him.  Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming.  Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center .


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