Thursday, June 23, 2005

Pop&Me-The movie I made with my son, Chris (I am the Pop he is the Me)

I thought the comment written in saying that if you wanted to get to know Richard better, see the movie he made with his son, Pop&Me. I agree with that. This film was shot in 1996 on a trip around the world to 27 countries on five continents. We edited the film for 2 years, then spent a year attending 23 festivals and in the year 2000 MGM bought Pop&Me, transferred it to 35mm, added Dolby stereo sound, and it was in movie theaters in about 30 cities across America. Pop&Me is available on VHS and DVD (I highly recommend the DVD) in many places. Currently Pop&Me is on 5 continents and 3 languages. I am not "shilling" for you to rent or buy this as MGM keeps all of the money. Here's how you can obtain it. Some rental stores still have it-best bet is Blockbuster's. However, most of the Blockbuster's who had copies have sold them, usually as a Father's Day gift. If your rental store does not have it try .(Note at Amazon when typing in the title do it like this; pop and me. Notice the and is written out versus the ampersand and there is a space either side of the word and) Or go to and they have lots of places to buy it. Or go to I still have to buy copies for various press outlets and I go to Amazon and buy the used VHS's or used DVD's-so that's also an option. Pop&Me was why we appeared on Oprah in June,2000, also a feature article in People Magazine, June 2000. If you would like a sneak peek and to view the trailer go to Pop&Me won every festival it was in that was competitive and was a Semi-Finalist for an Oscar in 2000 as Best Feature Length Documentary. Ciao, Richard Roe


wanda whitworth said...

Dear Richard, Fantastic!!! You are right, This would make a great any day gift for a father just to say "I Love ya Dad" and, to get to know you-well! I felt I knew you the minute I looked at your eyes, I can only hope you feel the same stirring when you look into my eyes, I am here to tell you Richard, you will never see another pair of blue eyes like mine anywhere! I was blessed with them. Like you are blessed with your good looks. No, You don't have to choose me, I am 43, I am available to travel for as long as it takes us, I am here. But- you have a really big job to do, a lot of women who are smart, tall, beautiful, and have probably less problems, than a montana girl. So I am going to let the "cats fight" as they so eloquently put it. And I will send in a comment or two on occasion. by the way I was waiting for an answer to an e-mail, do you answer those? it was only one.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:30:30 PM  

Can't find the e-mail adress to write to Richard. ANYBODY out there could you pass it on thanks,

Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:42:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

First time I viewed "Pop & Me" was the fall of 1999 or 2000 at the Aspen FilmFest where it received critical acclaim and an audience award. I revisited the movie this past May after ordering it from The documentary film has staying power. The father (Richard)-son (Chris) relationship is touching and heartfelt and a must see for those interested in the "Senior Bachelor." Another film about fathers and sons, shown last week at the 2005 Maui Film Festival, is "The Thing About My Folks." I highly recommend this sweet, humorous charmer also.

Aspen-Maui Connection

Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:56:47 PM  
raceee said...

Hi Richard I was just on your sons website, what a talented son you have. The pictures are fantastic. I have been to the southwestern states. Are the Red Canyons in Navada? Toured around Lake Mead what beautiful country so many colours.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 7:25:47 PM  
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Thursday, June 23, 2005 7:25:57 PM  
LeeislesVT said...

Good evening Richard,

I rented Pop & Me from Netflix. The movie convinced me to go ahead and submit my video.

What a great adventure. I have to say that I side with the ladies who are more adventurous and wouldn't mind being part of a visual competition. Realizing how many great ladies have become a part of this; I can't imagine an easy way to evaluate and review all. Many good ideas have been offered and I can't wait to see how this unfolds. Sure hope that I'm a visual part of it.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 7:34:12 PM  
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Thursday, June 23, 2005 8:09:16 PM  
Anonymous said...

I just ordered it on eBay for 6 cents. Whatta bargain! Looking forward to it's arrival!

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:57:38 AM  
Anonymous said...

Or you could check it out at a library as I did.

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:24:17 AM  
Anonymous said...

Howdy Richard!
Thank you for this info. on Pop and Me :) I am defintely going to see it as soon as I can get my 'hands on' copy, so to speak! Just a reminder that I did not send in a video or photo, prefer to remain incognito for now. Should you be interested in contacting me and meeting in person
(I am) my 55th Birthday is Friday July 22nd, an ideal time to meet for dinner, Oprah and Entourage welcome too, they are a fun crowd to be with and I prefer more people around when meeting someone for the first time, less intense :)
p.s. You have my email address, phone number etc. from emails that I've sent to:
Surprise Me !!!!! :)
Live Life With Passion!
Senior Bachelorette :)
alias ~~flowingwhitewater~~
Toronto Canada
pps. afterall Oprah is the one who introduced me to you, just as I was about to switch off my TV enroute to a meeting, that sunny day! :)

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:46:21 AM  
happy said...

to Richard
I haven't seen "Pop & Me", but I can relate to the sentiment & experience, since I have a mother/daughter story which will forever warm my heart.

Betsy & I hiked across England with 8 pound packs & a map. I was 55. She was 25. We carried our drop-off service in this budget! We crossed the North York Moors & the Yorkshire Dales with stops at remote B & B's. It was without exception one of the most rewarding trips ever!! And yes, we are still friends. :)

"Betsy & Me" is a much shorter, shoe-string version of "Pop & Me". Ours was done with an ancient, tiny Rollei snapshot camera and for well under $2,000 apiece a few years ago - including air fare! It was, nonetheless, incredible, pleasurable, & memorable to us!

Since you are interested in 'Dad & Me' stories, you might be interested one I came across after Bets & I had done our trip. Bruce Northam published a story similar to ours [Betsy's & mine] of himself & his dad, Basil. [Dec 1997-Jan 1998 "New Choices" magazine, 'Britain at its Best' supplement']

Northam ends his story with a quote from a barman referring to warm beer in England: "There's an adjustment period anytime we change worlds." True, but how exciting!!

Northam also quotes Churchill, who said, "Nature will not be admired by proxy." This was the #2 reason Bets & I undertook our hike. The #1 reason was to celebrate our mutual college graduations & to fulfill our long held dream to experience the Yorkshire Dales.

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:59:13 AM  
Linda in Tucson said...

Hi Richard & fans,
I truely believe people are brought into our lives for a reason. One that may not be apparent at the time. As I said in my video made for felt quite serendipitous to see you on Opray that day and of course I jump into the fantasy around "oh, he's going to see me, flip for me, and we're going to have a fabulous trip and get famous in the meantime". I had a lot of fun with that and it got me moving. As a result, I've had other fab people come into my life (the tech guy who burned my video onto a CD-ROM, whom I learned other valuable info from to help run my business, etc). Anyway, since I'm only 47 I realize we probably will never meet (I'd hate to hear the flack you'd get if you ended up with someone who is not close to being a senior). But it's not all about the "big prize". It's about the journey and I hope all of you stop and think about the other subtle ways your life may take a positive twist as a result of the motivating energy Richard has sparked in us.

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:06:52 AM  
wanda whitworth said...

Speaking of energy, wow!! the energy Richard must have, how I admire that! after taking my grandchildren to the lake everyday, I am exausted by the time we get home. Hey they are 9 & 6, so of course it isn't like I am running after them! And our drive is only 5 minutes.. Way to go Richard, I admire you, and am proud of you, for your courage..and sense of humour (spell check) it has got to be one of the best jobs in the world, and you might have a few men wishing they were in your shoes, looking at video's of women who so freely send them to you... lol. maybe I should find a camera and send one in to you too. Ya never know these big blue eyes just might get to ya.

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:38:19 AM  
happy said...

to Linda in Tucson -
Very well said about the "subtle ways your life may take a positive twist as a result of the motivating energy Richard has sparked in us." As much as anything, it is the realization that so many OTHER women (& no doubt, men too) KNOW that we've got a lot of gas left in the tank!! It is an empowerment to be able to talk about it to like-minded people.

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:38:39 AM  
Anonymous said...

G'dday again Richard:)
Forgot to mention according to my Meti Medicine Woman Guide/Friend/ Teacher, my Totem Animals at the time of my birth was The Sturgeon
(only fish that carries The 'Roe')
and the Flicker Bird, found mainly in is the messenger between our world and the world of Spirit. I also have the honour of knowing an Aztec/Mayan Medicine Woman who until recently lived on the banks of beautiful Lake Atitlan
Guatemala. She was in Toronto the other day, a glowing presence indeed!
My Life has been a mystery since the day of my birth and continues to be so! I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and travel is
the best 'vehicle' for establishing
a Global Network with my Sisters and Brothers of the world!
Carpe Diem
Live Life With Passion!
Senior Bachelorette and MORE!
Vj alias ~~flowingwhitewater~~
Toronto Canada

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:39:38 AM  
CathyfromCarolina said...

Richard/"Happy" and other Bloggers,
The stories just keep getting better. How inspiring, "Happy", my daughter and I are about the same ages as you and your daughter. We have had some grand trips together, but yours sounded incredible.

I was on a foot journey in the United States in the 70's, a really life changing adventure and I really never realized until today that I have never offer to do something like this with my daughter. There are rewards inherent in accomplishments like that which are with you forever.

The type of travel that Richard has planned, if I understand his take, seems like that "survival type" experience and was definitely a great deal of the appeal for me.

The "Rustic" has always had a great appeal for me. My place at the lake is a floating log cabin, along side my friends in their lavish yachts. Good thing we don't have zoning in that neighborhood or I they might stop my sleeping in the hammock on the front deck. Later!!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:08:42 PM  
onrynurse said...

Gonna get the video.....from the comments must be fabulous!!
What better way to get to kno you than seeing you interact with your kids!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 5:00:03 PM  
Karen said...

Hello Richard,
The first & last time I made a comment on the blog I literally got "all shook up"! It was posted on Thurs. June 16th @ 1:49 p.m. It went through the 1st try but I wasn't sure & on the 2nd attempt we had an earthquake here in S. Calif. So here I am rocking & rolling & thinking; boy am I in for a wild ride!
I received my copy of Pop & Me yesterday & watched it last night. I want to watch it again. You had me laughing & crying - it touched me on so many levels. Your family is beautiful & the recorded events with your son will be unforgettable.
Especially the reason for 5 people showing up at your door - you didn't want to answer it did ya? You sillies!!
Here's another one. I'm still laughing at the expressions on your faces in the gondola, "The thrill is gone"! I don't know which one was my favorite! And it took a lot of guts to do that bungee jump. Wow!
I was most moved by your desire to re-create precious moments in places shared before. Also the enlightenment you brought to other fathers and sons around the world was an awakening to you as well. Sometimes it is too late for bonding, but not for you.
You referred to the last third of your life, so now is the time to turn the page, start a new chapter. Men think differently than women & it probably hasn't even crossed your mind that it's discerning for a new love to enter the realm of what once was a great love. Constant reminders of things past do come up unexpectedly in familiar places. No matter how many years have gone by.
Your most profound statement was simply - I want love. You were so sincere it broke my heart to see the pain in your eyes and I felt alone too. It hurts. I just wanted to hug you and hold you for a long time.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 10:59:04 PM  
Anonymous said...

Leslie from VanCan says"

I've been trying to find a copy of Pop & Me everywhere around here, but no luck. I'll keep on trying since those of you who've seen it rave about it. I'll let you know if I find it and what I think of it.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 11:06:45 PM  
gwennyual said...

You are right on Linda in Tucson regarding the motivating spark Richard has brought into our lives. My 27 year old son was able to watch Pop & Me with me (I have watched it 4 times now), and we both laughed/smiled at the bungee jumping. We wanted to try it together (well, I think I would do it if Jason would). Jason took the DVD to Costa Rica to share with his Dad. I'd love to be a "fly on the wall" when they view it. We really enjoyed it. Gwennyual

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:27:48 PM  
Anonymous said...

Blockbuster ordered it for me for $10, I am excited to see it!

Saturday, July 02, 2005 7:02:06 AM  
desarie said...

Well Richard, I finally got a new computer! I am back with a vengeance. I just saw Pop & Me and I was so touched. Not a dry eye did I have. I really appreciated the candor. You are very human, even to the snoring at night. It said something to me that you would allow that to be seen. I laughted myself silly as you were jumping back and forth on the beds. My girlfriend and I were stuck in a hotel in Italy away from everything, no where to go, no house to be seened, we started playing pillow games and the next thing we knew we were jumping back and forth across on the beds. Sometimes the best things in life are free.

I saw a very open man on Opera, who had a tenderness, a little devilment, and a nice haircut.
I probably cought something many didn't while you were leaving the show, You seemed a little shy as well as humbled, that really touched my heart.

I'm getting your news letter now, and I must say your offer to stay in a resort for a week is so thoughtful, you know what women appreciate.

I'm ready Richard as my video stated my nose strips work well.

Fondly, Mary


Tuesday, July 05, 2005 7:26:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thanks for your newsletter on your trip to SE Asia. It is definitely one of my favorite areas in the world for all the reasons you mentioned. I first went to Vietnam in 1990, before it was totally legal for Americans to go, looking to meet up with my friend Nevada Wier, an adventure travel photographer. She was shooting "Land of Nine Dragons: Vietnam" which won the Lowell Thomas Travel Award. I flew into Saigon from Bangkok and struck up a conversation with a young man on the van from the plane to immigration who was wearing lots of cameras. He knew her! He invited me to drinks at the Cuu Long Hotel with all the other american government workers then in Saigon, mostly young guys in their 20's working to set up the future consulate. He took me to an antique shop to check in with Nevada's friend Mai (lots of girls are named Mai there... it means blossom). A few hours later Nevada got into town and we met up at the Cuu Long. That was only one small adventure I had there, but characteristic of how friendly and helpful and networked everyone is. A similar network led to my scouting an exploratory wildlife trip to Na Hang (far northern Vietnam) in 1994! Great place and I recommend it to all of you women travelers who are looking to get a bit out of your comfort zone and experience wonderful, friendly people.

Best, Kathryn (

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:19:28 AM  
Polly-O said...

How nice it would be if the tables were turned and there would be as many MEN who were interested in US!! But then, all men aren't like Richard...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:03:39 PM  
neva said...

I ordered the video over 3 weeks ago on (not available in stores on the island). I have not received it yet but did receive a confirmation.

I have seen the trailer and, under ordinary circumstances, think I would enjoy viewing it. (Some life events about 5 years ago make me somewhat hesitant to view it for personal reasons, but I have decided to do so when it arrives.)

Friday, July 15, 2005 4:33:22 PM  

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