Rick was born on September 19, 1955 to Helen and Richard Plunkett, joining two older sisters, Pam, and Pat. Eighteen months later his mother died of leukemia. When his father remarried Anne Marie Leddy several years later, Rick's bounty of sisterhood expanded with the arrival of Maureen (Mo) and Julianne. They lived in a big Dutch colonial house in the city of Rochester at the time, spending weekends at the family farm called Dude's Ranch, riding horses, running wild, stoking a woodburning stove to stay warm, wearing cowboy boots. Soon, they moved the family to the country, to a house named Windamere by the former owner—on 45 rolling acres of woods, ravines, treeforts and pure imagination —in southwest Rochester.
2. Marriage. Rick with the love of his life, Carol Christenson, whom he met at the law school bar exam, and married in 1988.