Skip to comments.Dick Clark Returns to Television to Mark Another New Year
Posted on 12/31/2005 9:15:55 PM PST by beyond the sea
NEW YORK -- There was more to celebrate than the ball dropping in Times Square for Dick Clark _ the personality who's been ringing in the New Year for decades made his first television appearance since a stroke in late 2004.
Clark, sitting behind a desk with the street scene in the background, sounded hoarse and occasionally was hard to understand, but he said, "I wouldn't have missed this for the world."
"Last year I had a stroke," he explained. "It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It's been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I'm getting there."
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I was glad to see that Dick made it back. He's done very well coming back from that stroke!
Happy New Year!
He did very well. Courage is a good word for him. Maybe he's not as vain as he appeared!
Happy New Year! Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving! :)
I missed it. How was he?
Bravo for him. This must have kept him going all year. I didn't see it - how did he do? I think he had a harder road than those who don't get told every day that they are never aging. Happy New Year, Dick!
He doesn't look like he'll be doing this much longer.
Hats off to Dick Clark, good to see him still going, unbelievable really, I remember him from way back on the original American Bandstand.
Happy New Year FReepers!
He looks great as always, but has some difficulty with his words, but doing, I thought, a pretty decent job, especially considering his circumstances.
He may give it up, but he certainly seems determined to give it his all in his recovery.
It looked like Dick Clark, but the tone of his voice has changed and is raspy as well. He had trouble pronouncing his words and was unable to follow the countdown very well.
His was sitting behind a table with his right arm in his lap and his left arm sitting on the table. Neither arm moved.
Regardless, it is good to see him able to enjoy the night.
It was good to have him back, symbolically. He had some rough moments and some good breaks. Speech was a little halting and thick at times. Seems to have some weakness in his right side. But it took courage to give this a try and I for one salute him for it. Welcome back Dick. Continue with your recovery.
Isn't this Dick's 756th New Year?
He was a little rough, but soldiered on.
I think I'd give Jack Nicklaus a few putts when he turns 75.
Pick it up, Jack - it's good.
Actually he used his left arm to gesture frequently. I thought he possibly lost his right arm movement, but one break showed him using it, although with some limit. It took real courage to him to come back. Was it stellar Clark. No, but I non the less am glad he made the show.
I'm waiting for the Bangles to see if Susannah Hoffs is still hot.
I'm getting old. I remember when Linda Rhonstadt and Stevie Nicks were hot!
Heard an interview with Dick Clark on XM Radio today and he sounded great! Good to see "America's Oldest Teenager" back.
Happy New Year to all FReepers!
She's still quite hot!
There are better men than me enfeebled by age.
I'll not deny them my respect.
I didn't get to see him when he was talking about his struggle to come back..
I was on the Happy New Year's thread..wondering if I could do what he did...
I don't know...but, he is a very brave man, and I applaud him.
I didn't catch this part. Perhaps some of your "sense" came from this episode, W_K.
It was a really quick cut, then cut-away...
He was a little hard to understand at times, but he showed the love of life and enthusiasm that makes us all better people. It was a triumph for the good fellow.
Happy New Year Dick Clark....an to all.
Yep, it was heart warming.
I remember Bob Prince of the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.
"Hi! I'm Dick Clark's head!" Gawd, I miss Futurama...
Danke, and here's wishing you and yours a healthy and pleasant New Year.
I'm glad to see him tonight, but I have to agree that he probably won't be doing this much longer...
This is a picture from December 2004.
I remember when Vivian Vance (Ethel on "I Love Lucy") was hot.
People can have different takes on it, but your report is basically accurate. He was doing good for a guy who had a stroke, but under normal conditions his speech was so slurred you would not pick him to do the show. There was a nostalgic factor here, but it was also sad.
Scrawny with makeup.
Dick Clark is a little over the hill. I like Don Shula, Weeb Eubanks, Gerry Ford, and Strom Thurmond. Any of those people still ready to get going? I say when your button pops, you're done. There is nothing wrong with knowing when it is time to reflect and enjoy your past victories.
It was time to pass the torch 15 yeas ago. He should have read the chapter that talks about not putting your boss in an embarrassing position.
I know some of those guys are dead. That is the point.
When I get that old, I hope I still have some respect for those who may have to make tough decisions.
He was bad. It's a shame. With some more time to recover he might end up sounding somewhat crisp again, but he probably shouldn't have come back this year. His speech was pretty slurred.
At least he was doing something to make people happy on New Years. You on the other hand were watching TV and complaining about it. Pitiful.
Keep it up Mr. Clark, you are an inspiration for all of us who can only hope to achieve a small part of what you have. It takes tremendous effort to overcome a stroke.
It was sad. He should have said a few words ands then turned it over to someone else.
Bravo on Dick's return, if only for a minute or two. He sounded determined but visibly weakened. Reminded me a lot of Kirk Douglas in his speech. Happy New Year, Dick!
Linda Ronstadt covers two time zones, and Stevie Nicks still looks hot.
I totally disagree with you. I was glad to see Dick Clark again.. Give the man credit for doing his rehab and fighting back like he has.
His speech was very slow, and deliberate...but I give the man credit for being there. I can only imagine the struggles he has gone through to bring him to this point.
Don't be a jerk....your family members and friends could be fighting a stroke some day.
Happy New Year to Dick Clark and ALL!
His eyes did not move or blink either. He may be visually impaired and have the words relayed to him via earpiece instead of teleprompter.
Dick was terrible. But there is something to be said for tradition and Dick on New Year's is a tradition. So, I say let him stay till he wants to go.
Happy New Year Freepers! Happy New Year Dick Clark! You did a great job tonight as always and the vibrance of your spirit was felt with each piece of confetti glittering with hope in the New York sky!
So what's your point? So what if he does?
Good Lord, some of you folks on this board are so callous it disgusts me......
Guess you've never had a family member who has had a stroke..... lucky you.
Walk a mile in a stroke victim's shoes....and then make your smartass comments.
Dick Clark should not have been on tonight.