Dan and I spent one of the nicest New Year's Eves we've had - at home by ourselves. We watched Dick Clark's special on ABC and we both thought it was very special. It was Clark's return to his special night since his stroke. He spoke with a speech impediment and addressed it head-on. We both thought it was wonderful that he would come onto national television not 100% and show a good face.
"Last year I had a stroke," he said moments after he came on the screen. "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."
Lots of people wouldn't want to "mar" their image. Clark's foray back onto national television was memorable and moving and made this new year's eve a little more special for his having shared this experience with all of us. Thank you, Dick, for sharing this memory.