I may be crucified for what I'm about to say, but I think it's time for Dick Clark to stay home in sunny California on New Year's Eve.
Although he was just featured last night, when he was on camera, I could hardly understand a word he said. A stroke in 2004 left him with a speech impediment that seems to be getting worse instead of better.
I grew up watching "American Bandstand" and thought Clark was the coolest. He was called "America's Oldest Teenager" for good reason. He was relevant for a long time. He introduced a lot of music acts to the world and he was the perfect replacement for Guy Lombardo on New Year's Eve. He WAS Mr. News Year's Eve for over 30 years. It was a good run. Trotting him out now seems plain cruel.
This is how I remember Clark:
Not young. Not old. But, a great host.
Last night's appearance was nothing short of sad.
And, while I'm on the subject, I just watched a skating special hosted by Brian Boitano. The great band Chicago provided the background music for the skaters.
I don't think the horns blew one note in tune and the singers were wayyyy off, too.
I haven't heard much of the band since the early 1980s, so maybe they've had difficulties before, but it was such a shock to hear a group I liked so much give such a weak performance.
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