DVD: You joined DVD Netflix in 2000. Do you remember what prompted you to join?
Rick: I was a mailman back then, and one day I started seeing the red envelopes. They were just here and there at first. Then, pretty soon there were more and more of them. I began to look into [it]. ‘What’s going on here with this thing?’ Because I had a Blockbuster card, and that was...lame. [DVD Netflix] had no late fees. It was nice, and easy, and simple. And that was it! I got to tear up my Blockbuster card and stay with you guys.
DVD: And it all started because of the iconic red envelope.
Rick: Yes, those red envelopes really changed it all for us! My wife and I have very similar tastes, so we always enjoy watching what comes in the mail together. One day—(maybe 16 years ago?) DVD Netflix even sent us a four-disc holder, with four neat slots and a place to hold all of our red envelopes. It may surprise you, but I still have it, and still use it! It’s really changed getting the mail for us, because instead of bills and junk, we always look forward to the next movie in our mailbox.
DVD: We’ve always had a special relationship with the US Postal Service! Are you still a mailman today?
Rick: No longer! I spent 35 years as a mailman in Belmont, CA, and now that I’m retired, I volunteer at the best animal shelter on this planet, PHS-SPCA. I play guitar, and I have played in bands. I also write and record my own stuff with GarageBand. I tend to lean toward well-written crazy stuff (which you’ll see reflected in my movie taste, too!)
DVD: What are some of your favorite movies of all-time?
Rick: So far, this has been a fun little ride and I’d like to say thanks for all of it! For my favorite movies, I kind of went for the AB-normal (Young Frankenstein, 1974) direction for this list instead of going the normal route.