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Dick Clark Returns to Television to Mark Another New Year
NYNewsday.com ^ | 12/31/05 | David Bauder

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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Bless you all, FReepers, and bless Dick and courage.............. no, not you Dan.
1 posted on 12/31/2005 9:15:56 PM PST by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea

I was glad to see that Dick made it back. He's done very well coming back from that stroke!

Happy New Year!


2 posted on 12/31/2005 9:18:59 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: beyond the sea

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! :)


3 posted on 12/31/2005 9:19:45 PM PST by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves!)
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To: Ohioan from Florida

I missed it. How was he?


4 posted on 12/31/2005 9:19:48 PM PST by Scarchin (www.classdismissedblog.com.)
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To: beyond the sea

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!


5 posted on 12/31/2005 9:19:59 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: beyond the sea

He doesn't look like he'll be doing this much longer.


6 posted on 12/31/2005 9:22:16 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: beyond the sea

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!


7 posted on 12/31/2005 9:22:55 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Scarchin

He looks great as always, but has some difficulty with his words, but doing, I thought, a pretty decent job, especially considering his circumstances.


8 posted on 12/31/2005 9:23:07 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Paleo Conservative

He may give it up, but he certainly seems determined to give it his all in his recovery.


9 posted on 12/31/2005 9:24:10 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


10 posted on 12/31/2005 9:26:59 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


11 posted on 12/31/2005 9:27:10 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: beyond the sea

Isn't this Dick's 756th New Year?


12 posted on 12/31/2005 9:27:24 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: Scarchin
I missed it. How was he?

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.

13 posted on 12/31/2005 9:28:07 PM PST by an amused spectator (Bush Runner! The Donkey is after you! Bush Runner! When he catches you, you're through!)
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To: Poser

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.


14 posted on 12/31/2005 9:28:39 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: beyond the sea

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!


15 posted on 12/31/2005 9:29:52 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: joesbucks
My sense was that this was one more celebrity who didn't know when enough was enough. Chalk it up with John Wayne's appearance at the 1979 Academy Awards - what Clark should have done was take a page from Johnny Carson's post Tonight Show years and just disappear from the tube. Oh well.
16 posted on 12/31/2005 9:32:48 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: beyond the sea

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!


17 posted on 12/31/2005 9:33:42 PM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

She's still quite hot!


18 posted on 12/31/2005 9:33:51 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: an amused spectator
No disrespect to Dick Clark, but I clicked over to ABC with 30 seconds left and was SHOCKED at how bad he sounded (didn't realize the extent of his stroke)

He started counting down at 15, and by 8 or so he was 2 seconds off...

Then right after New Year's they cut back to him "kissing" whoever the female was who was with him, making grunting, slurping, and smacking sounds.

I quickly turned the channel it was so disturbing. Poor Dick, he shouldn't have done it...
19 posted on 12/31/2005 9:33:58 PM PST by motzman (God helps those who help themselves - B. Franklin)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
My sense was that this was one more celebrity who didn't know when enough was enough.

There are better men than me enfeebled by age.

I'll not deny them my respect.

20 posted on 12/31/2005 9:37:02 PM PST by an amused spectator (Bush Runner! The Donkey is after you! Bush Runner! When he catches you, you're through!)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


21 posted on 12/31/2005 9:38:33 PM PST by Txsleuth (Official Snow Flake!)
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To: motzman; Wally_Kalbacken
Then right after New Year's they cut back to him "kissing" whoever the female was who was with him, making grunting, slurping, and smacking sounds.

I didn't catch this part. Perhaps some of your "sense" came from this episode, W_K.

22 posted on 12/31/2005 9:39:31 PM PST by an amused spectator (Bush Runner! The Donkey is after you! Bush Runner! When he catches you, you're through!)
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To: an amused spectator

It was a really quick cut, then cut-away...


23 posted on 12/31/2005 9:40:49 PM PST by motzman (God helps those who help themselves - B. Franklin)
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To: Yaelle
I didn't see it - how did he do?

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.

24 posted on 12/31/2005 9:40:55 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea

Happy New Year Dick Clark....an to all.


25 posted on 12/31/2005 9:42:50 PM PST by TheLion
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To: Poser
Regardless, it is good to see him able to enjoy the night.

Yep, it was heart warming.

I remember Bob Prince of the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.

26 posted on 12/31/2005 9:43:45 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: JRios1968

"Hi! I'm Dick Clark's head!" Gawd, I miss Futurama...


27 posted on 12/31/2005 9:44:29 PM PST by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: joesbucks
Welcome back Dick. Continue with your recovery.

Danke, and here's wishing you and yours a healthy and pleasant New Year.

28 posted on 12/31/2005 9:45:50 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea
I knew he had a time of it, but I didn't realize just how much so.

I'm glad to see him tonight, but I have to agree that he probably won't be doing this much longer...

29 posted on 12/31/2005 9:46:37 PM PST by mhking (Let the bells ring out for Christmas and the closing of the year...)
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To: Poser; beyond the sea
I'm waiting for the Bangles to see if Susannah Hoffs is still hot.

This is a picture from December 2004.


30 posted on 12/31/2005 9:47:36 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: Poser
I'm getting old. I remember when Linda Rhonstadt and Stevie Nicks were hot!

LOL.

I remember when Vivian Vance (Ethel on "I Love Lucy") was hot.

****

http://www.geocities.com/viv_vance/pictures.html

31 posted on 12/31/2005 9:50:09 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: motzman

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.


32 posted on 12/31/2005 9:55:54 PM PST by Williams
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To: Paleo Conservative
Pretty good for a 47 year old.


33 posted on 12/31/2005 9:57:50 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Poser

Scrawny with makeup.


34 posted on 12/31/2005 9:59:18 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


35 posted on 12/31/2005 10:04:57 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: Scarchin
I missed it. How was he?

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.

36 posted on 12/31/2005 10:12:41 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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Then right after New Year's they cut back to him "kissing" whoever the female was who was with him, making grunting, slurping, and smacking sounds.

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.

37 posted on 12/31/2005 10:18:37 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Lancey Howard

It was sad. He should have said a few words ands then turned it over to someone else.


38 posted on 12/31/2005 10:19:56 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: beyond the sea

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!


39 posted on 12/31/2005 10:23:46 PM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: Poser

Linda Ronstadt covers two time zones, and Stevie Nicks still looks hot.


41 posted on 12/31/2005 10:30:19 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Tucker Carlson could reveal himself as a castrated, lesbian, rodeo clown ...wouldn't surprise me")
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

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!


42 posted on 12/31/2005 10:30:44 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: Poser

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.


43 posted on 12/31/2005 10:41:17 PM PST by staytrue
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To: bobzeetwin

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.


45 posted on 12/31/2005 10:44:13 PM PST by staytrue
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To: beyond the sea

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!


46 posted on 12/31/2005 10:44:50 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (If you still vote Democrat you are still Stuck on Stupid!)
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To: Poser
My mother had a stroke about 4 years ago. Her's wasn't as severe as Dick's but even now when she gets excited or tired her words slur and it makes her so mad. A tip of the hat to Dick Clark. Image hosted by Photobucket.com
47 posted on 12/31/2005 10:45:50 PM PST by barker
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To: staytrue

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.



48 posted on 12/31/2005 10:54:51 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: beyond the sea

Dick Clark should not have been on tonight.


49 posted on 12/31/2005 10:59:56 PM PST by ditto h
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To: beyond the sea

Dick Clark 'Not 100%'


Is Dick Clark Retarded? By Leopold Stotch


50 posted on 12/31/2005 11:07:19 PM PST by restornu
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