From Tony's post:
A lot will be written over the next few days about Dick Clark’s legacy because of TV shows like “American Bandstand,” “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” and others. But from a simple, human perspective, I think one of Dick Clark’s most important legacies is more recent.
After his stroke in December 2004, many people – myself included – assumed this would be the end of Clark’s on-camera career. When he said he was returning to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in 2005, I thought that either the stroke hadn’t been as bad as the public was led to believe or that “America’s oldest teen” had a remarkable recovery. It turned out neither prediction was true. Clark returned to TV visibly and audibly affected by his stroke. His speech was slurred and he wasn’t able to move like he used to. Yet underneath the debilitation, there was a spark of determination. Clark was down, but he wasn’t out. I admired him for that.
In a TV landscape that often presents us with unattainable images of physical perfection, here was a man showing us that life could still be lived with purpose even after something bad has happened to us. Human dignity was still there, and would continue to be there even if Clark had never been able to return to television. In a way, his presence on TV after the stroke was a gift to viewers – a reminder that life goes on even when things are not perfect, even when people are not perfect – and that’s okay...Continue reading HERE.