Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Did you know that the very scary & very loveable Vincent Price visited Palm Springs?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Palm Springs, Home To Hollywood Celebrities

Palm Springs, California; many of Hollywood's greatest stars lived here. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Dinah Shore; the list of Hollywood legends who owned homes in Palm Springs goes on and on. Each and everyone of those Hollywood stars exclaimed "I love Palm Springs!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

You can be a successful person in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area or anywhere in the USA.
The Palm Springs Guru wishes the very best for you and your success. Go for it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

29th Annual Tram Road Challenge - Palm Springs, California

The Palm Springs Guru joined 1,400+ other people from Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, across California and from far-away-places for the 29th Tram Road Challenge.  It was my 7th participation in this magnificent event. I love it!

Our friends from KMIR News were there and aired this report:

29th Annual Tram Road Challenge - KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

There are so many things YOU can do in Palm Springs and the greater Palm Springs area. This is a good time of the year for YOU to get involved. Get involved & have fun!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tristan Rogers: An Exclusive Interview - Part 3 of 3

Palm Springs Personalities

 Part 3 of 3

20 year Palm Springs resident, film star, daytime television legend and local philanthropist, Tristan Rogers sat down with the Palm Springs Guru for an exclusive interview.

Palm Springs Guru: Do you have favorite charity organizations?

Tristan Rogers: Locally, here in Palm Springs, I support and work with the Desert AIDS Project.

The Desert AIDS Project provides medical care and comprehensive support services to people in our desert community living with HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, the Desert AIDS Project provides testing, treatment, counseling, transportation, housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Palm Springs Desert AIDS Project has earned a national reputation as one of the most comprehensive HIV/AIDS services providers in the U.S.

Palm Springs Guru: What are your favorite causes?

Tristan Rogers: There are several; I will cite two:

        1) I am proud of my, 1984 -1998, contributions to American Cinema Awards Foundation. As the vice-president and director of shows, I worked with David Gest, Jane Greer, Aaron Shelden, Leo Jaffe and Ron Higgins. We worked together and we helped raise over $4,000,000 for the Motion Picture Retirement Home and Hospital.

The American Cinema Awards Foundation afforded me the rare opportunity to work with, and get to know such legendary stars as: Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Robert Mitchum, Sophia Loren, Glenn Ford, Joseph Cotton, Robert Preston, and many, many more.

Our work opened many doors. Our work changed the Academy Awards program in that now you see the actors and the actresses of bye gone eras honored and included in the Academy Award night program broadcast world-wide.

  2)  Project Cuddle is a non-profit charity that helps frightened girls and women in making safe and legal decisions instead of abandoning their newborn babies.

Debbe Magnusen, Founder & CEO of Project Cuddle is an amazing person. She lives by the Cuddle Project code that: We Can Help and will NEVER JUDGE.

Palm Springs Guru: What would Tristan Rogers like to address during this interview?

Tristan Rogers: Like many parents I wonder and sometimes worry as to what kind of a country and what kind of a world we are leaving for our children.

I do not understand why politicians and law makers have to make everything complex and complicated. I wish they would work to keep things simple.

Palm Springs Guru: What message does Tristan Rogers have for America?

Tristan Rogers: Be optimistic. Do not spend too much time watching, listening or reading the daily news. Those sources tend to focus on the adversarial and the negative.

We Americans have the right to vote. Not all countries guarantee that right for their citizens. The right to vote includes the responsibility to vote. Be an informed voter, ignore the hype and focus on the issues.
America is a good country; we are a good people. I love America. I love Palm Springs. Teresa and I choose to live here. We raise our children here. I chose to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Palm Springs Guru: Thank you Tristan Rogers for granting this exclusive interview. Our readers and your fans appreciate your sharing and your openness.

Palm Springs Guru: We conclude Part 3 of our 3 part interview with this Tristan Rogers Fact: Tristan Rogers is the voice-over spokesman for several major television advertising campaigns. His resume includes voice-over work representing the famous restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse, Foster’s Lager Beer, Reebok, Epson and others.

Tristan Rogers voiced Jake the kangaroo mouse in The Rescuers Down Under an animated adventure motion picture produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tristan Rogers: Daytime Television Legend Interview: Part 2 of 3

Palm Springs Personalities

 Part 2 of 3

20 year Palm Springs resident, film star, daytime television legend and local philanthropist, Tristan Rogers sat down with the Palm Springs Guru for an exclusive interview.

Palm Springs Guru: Tell us about your hobbies and special interests?

Tristan Rogers: I was an only child. I learned to do things alone and enjoy my own company. I am sort of a do-it-yourself guy; so was my father. I built model cars; I had a designated work area set up for that hobby. My mother has kept all that stuff.

I’m pretty good at understanding and doing things mechanical. Model car building and doing my own bicycle maintenance and repairs led me to doing things with cars and race cars.

I enjoy driving race cars. One of my favorite venues was the Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix. Famous race car drivers, celebrities and race enthusiasts came to Palm Springs to compete.

The Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix races were an annual event usually run around Thanksgiving time. Participants and spectators had a great time. There were some noise complaints regarding the cars and the event stopped after its last run in 1996.

I have always loved cars and I always will; these days I own a 1970 Mustang fastback.

Locally, I participate in 5K running events and I sometimes participate in the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge. It is, perhaps, the toughest, 6K, running event of its kind in the world.

Athletes come, from all over the world, to participate in this ultimate endurance test and run/walk some 2000 vertical feet in just over 3.7 miles. All finishers receive a customized finisher’s medal. This event benefits the United Way of the Desert.

I enjoy riding, my very old and very inexpensive, bicycle in the annual Tour de Palm Springs,  That delightful bicycle ride occurs early in the calendar year.

Palm Springs is world famous for wonderful weather and magnificent scenery. These two elements combined with thousands of bicyclists, make the Tour de Palm Springs a fundraising event like no other. The event raises many thousands of dollars for Palm Springs area charities.

I like helping local charities. Sometimes I can help because of my name recognition and my reputation. That means a lot to me.

I enjoy fishing and I like skeet shooting.

Palm Springs Guru: When did Tristan Rogers come to America?

Tristan Rogers: I came to America in 1979. At that time I was married to actress, Barbara Meale. We realized that my career, while successful, was not moving forward as we wanted. It was time for a change. We rented our home and sold our possessions and headed for Los Angeles.

Palm Springs Guru: What was your first impression of America?

Tristan Rogers: Smog! I got off the airplane in Los Angeles and started coughing.  I thought I might not be able to acclimate. However, in just a few days I was fine.

I found LA similar to, my hometown, Melbourne, the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia

Driving on a different side of the road took some getting used to. Again, I was just fine in a few days.

I needed to work and found work as a builder’s assistant. I did some commercial work and I had a few minor roles on daytime television.

In 1980 I was hired for a two day role on General Hospital. I played a character named Robert Xavier Scorpio. He was a spy. He worked for the World Security Bureau (WSB). 
Robert Scorpio is part of television history and that two day role continues to this day.

Palm Springs Guru: How much of Tristan Rogers is in the Robert Scorpio character?

Tristan Rogers: A lot really; the General Hospital writers did not know how to write for an Australian. Executive Producer Gloria Monty let me edit and rewrite Robert Scorpio’s role. Her only stipulation was that I did not change the story line. It worked beautifully. I appreciate the faith that Gloria Monty had in me.

Palm Springs Guru: The Tristan Rogers calendar for the remainder of 2014… anything you can share?

Tristan Rogers: This month, October, 2014, Colin is about to stir some entertaining trouble. Watch for it. It starts about Halloween. 

I am looking at a number of things. Television is not what it used to be, that is neither good nor bad, it a sign of the times.

American audiences are migrating from commercial television. Cable TV, Pay-per-View, Netflix, Hula, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. have changed television forever.

Palm Springs Guru: Tristan Rogers projects for 2015 and beyond?

Tristan Rogers: I find that I have to consider a lot of options. The entertainment field is constantly changing; it offers a wide variety of challenges and options.

People do not watch television as they did in the past. Young people, the 18- to 34-year-olds prized by advertisers, do not watch traditional television. They are into different mediums including web television.

The Internet and the web both have to be considered in any business venture whether it be entertainment or a brick and mortar business. We are a nation, indeed we are a world, of the hand held device.

Any Tristan Rogers venture will include with the “here and now” technology.

In any aspect of our lives we can look back, reflect upon and celebrate the past. We can enjoy the memories. We cannot expect to do business like we did. Technology has moved us forward and, at a very fast pace.

Palm Springs Guru: We conclude Part 2 of our 3 part interview with this Tristan Rogers Fact: Tristan Rogers is a true acting professional. His resume includes television, movies and live theater. Tristan knows his way around acting venues. Tristan likes to work with an ensemble, a group of actors who perform together. He finds that to be enjoyable and rewarding.
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You can read Part 3 of 3 tomorrow