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Keep On Rockin’ Dick Clark!

I’ll admit it, I’ve changed my tune on Dick Clark’s  Rockin’ New Year’s Eve party.

Well, at least the program’s namesake, as co-host Ryan Seacrest and music acts like Lady GaGa are not my thing.

I have been a little harsh on watching Dick Clark slur his way through some segments during the ABC broadcast in recent years.

Dick Clark

It has gotten painful to watch, or listen to, the American Bandstand legend but so what?


I should find it inspiring that Clark has fought his way back from a stroke and looks better than ever. Perhaps a compromise should be a non-speaking role for Dick, just show him waving to the crowd and doing the countdown with a group of revelers.

Watching him kiss his wife at the stroke of midnight is a nice touch, too … a bit of Americana we shouldn’t easily let slip away.

Dick Clark isn’t, after all. I hope to see him again at the end of 2012 … and beyond.

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posted April 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

it was a rehashing of a new year’s eve piece…and I am PROUD of that! There are people out there, whether YOU and others like it or not, that believe it was self-serving of him to carry on in a major role in the New Year’s show. ABC’s decision was also questionable and maybe did the legendary figure more harm than good! thanks for reading, but re-read it and think about it!

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posted April 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

The post was very supportive of a great and courageous man…an iconic American. HOWEVER, if you don’t think people questioned both his and ABC’s decision for him to continue on in the New Year’s Eve role you would be incorrect. If you read carefully, you would see the post DID support him and was much more positive than negative. thanks for reading…but read it again!

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posted April 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Dick Clark did not hide after he had his stroke. He continued doing what he had been doing even though he might not have been easy to understand at times. It is all to easy for someone who has never had a stroke to not understand or think that you have to hide. He was making the public aware by being out and kept on going.I greatly admired him and everything he did.

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posted April 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Rock on, Dick!! I grew up with you and love you. Rest in peace.

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posted April 19, 2012 at 11:24 am


Your comments concerning Dick Clark are so inappropriate. He showed great courage in just showing up for the New Year’s Eve Celebration. His appearance inspired many stroke victims to keep trying. Dick Clark and American Bandstand gave Baby Boomers their first voice. Prayers for his family!

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posted April 19, 2012 at 6:51 am

dick deserves a better post than rehashing a whinny piece from new years eve. a legend passes and with him ends an era…

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posted April 19, 2012 at 5:10 am

Dick Clark will be sorely missed. I have followed him my whole life. He might be gone but never forgotten. Prayers for him and his family… <3 R.I.P. Mr. Clark…You will always be in mind…

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