- How I Know What I Know
- Maps: A-L
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How I Know What I Know
by Eric G. Meeks
I hope this website starts some good conversations. It is the Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. But, it is far from complete. It is merely the Best Guide Ever, so far. I don’t consider my work here done.
As you peruse these pages and hopefully are fascinated at the depth of information I’ve been able to gather, please consider that there is a lot more I hope to do and I want your help. You’ll find my email address under my name at the bottom of this page. If, after visiting this site, you would like to share your own celebrity story and see it in print I want you to email me so I can include it in future editions. In this way, we’ll update it as needed as the information gets more and more compiled and more and more exact.
You’ll notice with some of the homes I openly state that a celebrities rumor of residence might not be verifiable. In some cases that means exactly what it says. I simply could not verify, yet, that a celebrity slept there or rented there or visited there.
These things do not always leave a paper trail. There was no rental agreement, lease, other authors work, newspaper article, magazine reporting, radio transcript, etc., to validate the claim. It is therefore simply unverifiable even if it is strongly believed to be true. In a few cases my investigations revealed the claims to be absolutely false and I openly state this.
In many more cases, I think there’ll be Palm Springs homeowners who will be pleasantly surprised to find their home has a celebrity heritage that heretofore was unknown to them.
Many people may wonder how I’m able to comfortably make the claims I do in this book. I mean most of this material is about Hollywood people, some of which I never met and many of which were dead before I was born.
So, here’s the truth: I’ve lived in Palm Springs since 1976 and since then my parents and I have owned several very unique businesses which gave us access to a lot of the celebrities. In 1980, my parents opened The Bookstore & More in Rancho Mirage. One of the unique features of this store was that it had the most centrally located Western Union in the desert. In the days before the internet, Western Union was the most viable way to send personal messages and money.
I personally delivered messages to Ronald Reagan, Tony Curtis, Ozzy Osborne, and more. In the wee early morning hours, my father delivered the New York Times newspaper. His personal Rolodex would make you whistle with glee at the list of celebrities.
Again, in the pre-internet days (and many would argue that what I’m about to say is still true, myself included, the NY Times was the best national source of news in the country. Anybody who was anybody who cared about the national spotlight: business people, politicians, celebrities, etc., ordered the NY Times from my Dad.
Author Harold Robbins would pay his paper bill by allowing me to come over to his house with a box full of books which he would sign for me in person. During the 1990’s, I owned my own very special, very fun, business called Celebrity Books.com, which was both a brick and mortar bookstore and a website which dealt primarily in autographed books and memorabilia and brought more celebrities to Palm Springs than just about any other organization, except for maybe the PS Film Fest; and that’s only a maybe. Dennis Weaver, Carol Channing, Ray Bradbury, Leslie Nielsen, Buzz Aldrin and many more came to Palm Springs at my request.
Lastly, a lifelong love of books and Palm Springs history has allowed me to intuitively know what earlier books would be useful while researching the material for this book. You’ll find a list in the back. So please read, converse and share the histories herein. And especially, email me your own stories.
Eric G. Meeks
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