Puerto Vallarta has—well, had—two Dicks. Dick #1 came here to star in a movie but, that was 50 years ago. Dick #2 came here to meet with the president of our country, but that was 39 years ago. Can you guess who they are? And if you can, would you actually book a Puerto Vallarta vacation today because of these two Dicks? Some Puerto Vallarta promoters and at least one local film festival organizing committee think you might. Even today. Can we still tout the fact that fifty years after Dick #1 came here to work with a famous Hollywood director to make a film when the remains of the set are in the middle of a land dispute, thus not even open to the public? Or when Dick #1’s house, along with his then-fling’s across the street are no longer open to the public and/or have changed so much through the years they have nothing to do with what they once were?
Some people do.
Dick #2 met with the president of our country at a hotel near Olas Altas 39 years ago. The hotel has a plaque commemorating this. And to this date, Puerto Vallarta’s local highbrow gathers in front of the plaque every year to commemorate the meeting and have their picture taken, so that they will appear on the local paper. This, of course, means that the local paper also finds this anniversary newsworthy. But does anybody know what Dick #2 and the president of Mexico actually talked about? It must have been important, otherwise we wouldn’t still be touting it today, right? I was curious, so I searched online and found what they said to one another at Puerto Vallarta’s airport when Dick #2 arrived. It boiled down to “it’s good to be here” and “it’s good to have you back.” I couldn’t find much information of what actually went on during the meeting. Perhaps it was important at the time, and their meeting may have very well changed the course of history. Maybe not. Can we still tout Dick #2’s visit 39 years after the fact?
Some people do.
Most certainly, all those tourists walking up and down Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon today must be here because the governor of California starred in a movie that was shot here… 22 years ago, right?
He’s not a Dick, however. I do understand he’s a Republican, whatever that means.
Oh, and Dick #1’s fling has a movie theater named after her. All they show is porn, tho. And I sure hope this is NOT the reason you are booking a trip to Puerto Vallarta today! Rumor has it this is the reason why she hasn’t been back!