October, 1996

Dear Fellow Cruiser:
A year and a half ago, when Jo Davidsmeyer first contacted me, not only to announce that Combat! and all of us who went with it were on the World Wide Web, but that you all wanted to go on a cruise with us — I was, to say the least, stunned. Actually, I think I sat in my study reading her letter at least three times before it actually hit home. And here we are!

I find the journey, from when I first wanted to become an actor up to now, somewhat more than amazing. Among the many hopefuls in my year’s class at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, only I and a very talented actor named Tom Poston have actually “made it.” So I consider myself not only among the very fortunate, but extremely grateful and blessed by the success I’ve had and the many uncounted friends I’ve made throughout the world — whom I don’t necessarily know, but who know me. To each and every one, I’m happy that I’ve been able to bring a little entertainment and happiness into your lives. I’ve been repaid a thousandfold.

It’s positively astounding how a television show has taken on a life of its own, and carried those of us who were in it along on its journey. Vic’s presence, of course, is sorely missed, but I’ll confide in you that he was extremely uncomfortable in large gatherings, and made personal appearances as rarely as possible — if at all. However, I’m sure he would have come along on this trip and enjoyed it tremendously.

I look forward to meeting and greeting everyone of you, and you have only one thing to remember: my name is Rick — not Mr. Jason.



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