Greetings, readers. I heard from my dear Godmother yesterday, and saw that it was confirmed in our local paper today, that one of my favorite TV celebrities has passed away. The remarkable Dick Clark. From American Bandstand to the $25.000 Pyramid to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Mr. Clark graced TV sets for well over 40 years.
One of my favorite childhood memories was New Year’s Eve, when my parents and I would watch Dick Clark count down the final seconds until the ball dropped in Times Square to ring in the new year. I was able to have a sip of champagne as we made resolutions for the bright shiny new year. Later, on the re-runs of the $25,000 Pyramid, I remember shouting answers to the contestants, jumping up and down when they would win. Yes, I did tend to get a little excited. I am not certain the years that American Bandstand ran, but I do have vague memories of watching it. Dick Clark would highlight all the up and coming musical talents.
When Dick Clark suffered his stroke a number of years back I thought for certain he would give up. I was wrong. This man apparently told himself, no, as long as I can speak at all, I am going to be part of the New Year’s celebration until the very end. And that is exactly what he did. That is a source of inspiration to me.
For those of you who checked yesterday for a new blog post, it was a crazy day around here. I still hope to have at least one more new one later this week. So until then, take care and happy reading.