May 18, 2014 at 10:05 am #3750
Life is a gift, and so are friendships.
Once out in the world, Jarod discovered this fact and made it a point to make as many friendships as possible.
In a subtle, unplanned way, his presence has spawed many other close bonds between former strangers, thousands of them in fact. They are found within the Centre Universe and the Pretender fandom and all around the world,
The stories of the relationships are as many as they are heartwarming and fun.
We invite you to share stories of the friendships tP has brought into your lives with us and we will in turn share them with eveyone within the Pretender Family on ThePretenderLives.com.
Send us your pictures as well.
Friendships are a gift – thank you for being among ours.
Steve and Craig
The friendships stories can be found here:
Send yours either by replying to this topic or sending it to email@example.com.July 13, 2014 at 8:16 am #3751
I have met many fans online and some of them have become very dear to me, because we spent many hours chatting over the years through the various Pretender forums and continued that connection through social media or good old-fashioned emails. A few handles I will mention: Cassy, crackerjacknpez/sabs, mattali, and Quibus. Some of them have been pulled away from the fandom by other responsibilities and so we may not stay in touch as often but I always remember them and they have a place in my heart forever. They have inspired me and opened my life to new and exciting possibilities. Just last year Cassy and I took an online course together and I have Quibus to thank for finding a new obsession, even if to me, The Pretender will always be my favorite.
I have also been privileged to meet Kris who introduced me to Couchsurfing.org, and that’s had a huge impact on my life as I opened my home to visitors and even met new tP fans that way.
And…I am hoping to embark on a travel adventure courtesy of Cassy who has invited me to visit her…. across the miles… and I have also promised Sabs a visit…
All these things would not have happened had I not gone searching online when I discovered The Pretender and wanted more…I definitely got incredibly more than I could have conceived.
Before I end, I must also acknowledge and thank people like Jacci, Vania, chelle, Cate Barnes, Melissa Cunningham and Debbie who have done so much to support the fandom through websites and support for petitions and other campaign efforts of which I have been part. Without their tremendous efforts, who knows what would have been the state of the fandom because they are the ones who have helped to keep hope alive when things were not so hopeful.July 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm #3752
Thank you so much for your story Miss Parker – that’s the perfect nickname, by the way. May we post this next to the other stories at “https://www.thepretenderlives.com/thousand-friendships”? Also, do you have a picture you may want to share to go with it?
And thank you for your continued support to the Pretender. We wouldn’t have made it without you.July 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm #3753
You’re welcome! I agree on the nickname! 🙂 Yes, you may post …and I may have a photo…where should I send it?July 14, 2014 at 5:15 am #3754
You can use the embed option here in the forums (you need to upload the image into a website like flickr or photobucket; then, click the “img” button and paste the url to the image) or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you!July 22, 2014 at 6:01 am #3755
Here’s my submission and Mallory’s. We had the opportunity to meet last year in New York and this is our experience. Feel free to share it here.
Mallory, Pedro and Vania
Three Centre Employees Meet in New York City
Mallory and Vania had been chatting for months online, thanks to the Red File Project, but we only met live in October, during Vania’s honeymoon with Pedro (yes, Pedro, the Sweeper), who had just gotten married in the 19th.
Finally meeting each other face to face was an amazing experience, and one we will never forget. Mallory, who lives in Washington, D.C., traveled about 4.5 hours to the Big Apple, and Vania, well, she traveled all the way from Lisbon, Portugal… many more hours. But meeting up was destiny!
We met near the Magnolia Bakery in Grand Central Station – what better a place to meet than one of Jarod’s spots during his first escapade into the real world, right? The station was packed but we managed to find each other and soon we were out in the busy streets of Manhattan.
Trying to find a place to eat near the 5th Avenue, we ended up in a small diner/cafe, ordered some sandwiches, and had a few laughs. It was amazingly strange how comfortable and easy the conversation kept going! When we were done, we headed for Central Park. And what an amazing walk we had. The 3 of us found some great spots at the park as we discovered it together for the first time.
We kept walking and talking, discovering the little things about each other that we never do when we just chat online. But time went by too quickly and it was time for Mallory to go back home. But this meeting, although short, was just the beginning of a wonderful friendship that we truly cherish. We check in with each other every day, to the point that it feels weird if too much time goes by between talking with one another. As Jarod said, life is a gift, and so was the opportunity to meet, which was all thanks to the Pretender. If it wasn’t for this story, this connection, and this incredible fanmily, we never would never have discovered such a beautiful friendship.July 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm #3756
This was SUCH a fun day!!! We need a follow up meeting ASAP, what do you think, V?July 31, 2014 at 5:38 am #3757
Thank you for your submission. Miss Parker, Vania and Mallory’s stories have been updated to our website.
Keep them coming, guys!August 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm #3758
Hi Everyone! Here’s mine and Bridget’s submission.
As you know, I’ve been following Michael’s career since his first gig on Days of Our Lives. I had always wanted the chance to meet him, and when he was doing live theater in Boston, I finally got that chance. I knew a couple of other fans that were going and put a message on my website, Jarod’s Safe House, that if any other Michael/Pretender fans were going to check out Michael’s stage performance and wanted to meet to contact me.
Meanwhile, in the darkest depths of Staffordshire, England, I had been visiting JSH for a few weeks, using the computer at my local library … I was in the midst of moving to a new place and didn’t have internet connection … this is how I learned that Michael would be on stage in Boston, and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to go and see him in action….
Now, I have to admit, I’d never had my own internet connection before, so I found it somewhat daunting when I read Karen’s message and decided to reply….. after a couple of days I began to wonder if the “electronic magic” had “worked,” since I hadn’t heard from her… this is how my first contact with Karen, actually wasn’t from me, but my neighbour, who quickly sent another e-mail, asking if she had received my original message (she hadn’t — I had failed miserably) — Despite this inauspicious start, I eventually managed, with a little tuition, to send another e-mail, telling Karen that I loved JSH, yes, I was going to Boston and yes, I would love to meet up.
This would have been towards the end of November, 2005…. Karen and I e-mailed back and forth for a few days, but soon that wasn’t enough, and I was introduced to the delights of MSN (as it was then) ….. We found we had many things in common and, despite a bit of a language barrier (really!) we got on famously… Before long, it was January 2006 and I flew to Boston, giving Karen my hotel and flight info, so she could contact me once I arrived…. on around the second day of my holiday, I got a phone call from Karen … at last, we got to talk to each other, rather than type!
I think we talked on the phone at least once a day, and by the second phone call we were literally finishing one another’s sentences (even now we always seem to know what the other one is thinking; I always make it a point to tell Bridget to get out of my head, it’s a very dark and scary place. Ha ha). We were so excited to meet, but we had a good-sized group of fans together and really didn’t get to have a decent conversation between us. I had only flown up to Boston for the day and as soon as we got to talk to Michael, I had to leave; I didn’t even get to tell Bridget goodbye as I was so very late leaving the theater to get to the airport in time for my flight. We resumed our telephone conversations the very next day, and I soon learned she had “insulted” Michael’s attempt at trying to copy her accent. That’s an ongoing joke in and of itself I think you’d find amusing, and if you’re interested, I’d be more than happy to tell (although Bridget might threaten to do me bodily harm).
When Bridget arrived back home from Boston after a two-week stay, we began discussing her visiting me in Georgia that coming June, a mere five months later. While she was visiting, we’d sit up late at night and watch Michael’s movies or just talk. I remember vividly how she told me so much about herself and how tight-lipped I was on telling her much about me….
I think it was around that time we started writing together …… just light-hearted romantic fiction at first … it soon became clear, however, that we enjoyed grittier stuff more…. and that’s all I will say on the subject LOL … indeed, we still write whenever we can and it’s become a big part of our friendship …..
Over the years, we have both been blessed with the opportunity to travel to see Michael in other plays and meeting him again afterwards. He has always been friendly and charming, happy to give hugs in equal measure … in fact, I can now actually see (and admit) that Karen was right to love him so much!
I hope Karen won’t mind me saying, but I think our mutual love of The Pretender, and Michael has seen both of us through some very trying times…… Jarod, after all, is like an extra member of our family…. and now Craig and Steve are too…. the Centre universe is indeed a wonderful thing …… without it, I wouldn’t have such a good friend and so many lovely memories to cherish…
I couldn’t agree more with Bridget’s last statement.
I went through a terrible time from about June of 2009 to February 2011 with health issues and losing my job as a result. The Pretender, working on Jarod’s Safe House, and Bridget, along with the other ladies I’ve met, was all that kept me sane and kept me going.
Between family problems and on-going health issues there are times when I become very upset and depressed, and lose interest in life in general, then Steve will answer one of my emails and say something so off-the-wall funny that it totally changes my day for the better. (Thank you Steve! I greatly value our friendship.)August 4, 2014 at 1:15 am #3759
Thank you both, Karen and Bridget. Do you have a photo that you want to use with your submission?August 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm #3760
I was very disappointed back in the early 00s when The Pretender went of the air. Then, thanks to the Internet, I discovered that there were people all over the world keeping the show alive via detailed websites with episode guides, character analysis, reviews or closing stories. I regreted that we hadn’t been given an end, so I sought these stories, I read them and in the course of it I met some people.
For the past eight years so, I’ve been somewhat out of the fandom (never completely out, though) but I still remember some of them and some of them still remember me. This fortunate return, not only does it bring further developments to the story, it also brings back some names from the past and some new ones. So far, the only one I’ve met in person is Vania (which isn’t that hard, considering we’re practically neighbors, sort of), but maybe I’ll go Australia some day to buy Christian a beer, or someplace else. As long I can afford the trip.September 25, 2014 at 12:36 am #3761
Thank you Joel. Your story will be uploaded very soon. Do you have a picture that we can place to go with it?October 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm #3762
DEREK WALKER (In photo above) is currently working with Jon Gries to make a western called “Another Mans Gun.”
You probably remember him back early on in the year when they got their introduction here at the TPL with Steve and Craig’s help during their kickstarter campaign for AMG.
Recently I had checked in with Derek to see how he was doing. Both he and Jon are continuing to make progress on the movie and have been working very hard.
I consider Derek to be a very good friend. We had been in constant contact during their early campaign for the movie and I have since been following as well as trying to help in anyway I can with their progress.
Considering Derek and I had only met that year here at this website (TPL) there are interesting parallels between us I think make our friendship very meaningful…
Derek had often toured the Ventura County area with his band, the same county I had lived in years earlier with a band I used to be in that toured in the same county as well! Currently we are both writers hoping to get our big break in Hollywood. He’s well on his way along with Jon, who himself, has been here at TPL for all the tP fans 🙂
Below is a list of all the links where you will currently find Derek and Jon. Their story, interviews, podcasts, websites and updates on their AMG movie as well. Check it out…
Starting here at the TPL with Steve and Craigs intro for Derek and Jon our “Pretender Friends!”..
For those who have been following the behind the scenes story of
Another Man’s Gun, (since reading the article here about behind
the scenes Hollywood) the pre-production phase continues. Since
campaigning online, AMG’s Writer and Director (Derek Walker and
Jon Gries) travel the country to continue interviewing for AMG.
Check out their updated website: (Looks Great!)
Four online sites where Jon has interviewed for AMG:
For their latest in activities and day to day news updates visit their facebook page at:
AMG writer DEREK WALKER interview:
AMG is a special story whose time has come. It has been a long time since a really good Western film has been made. Can anybody remember how far back that was?
I have been given the opportunity to read the AMG script and absolutely love the story! There is so much potential with the story. It would not only be fitting and satisfying as a movie in the theaters, but would also create more than enough buzz to demand it’s continuation as a series in any medium it so chooses!
The story takes place during a very critical time period that determined and shaped the country as we know it today.
(To be continued.)
We will update this unique and special AMG story as it progresses!
STAY TUNED!March 4, 2016 at 12:22 am #3763
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