like Walt, you donâ€™t watch TV ( or in Waltâ€™s case, know how it works) you are probably aware that Dick Clark has been hosting TV shows for over half a century, and well, not only does he look like he hasnâ€™t truly aged much in those five decades, but, in todayâ€™s youth-centric market, there are actually some people who are starting to wonder if itâ€™s (finally) time for him to retire.
One of those seminal events that Dick has been hosting since before most of you kids were born, has been Rockinâ€™ New Yearâ€˜s Eve from Times Square, in New York City. Well, again this New Yearâ€™s Eve, Dick will once again be on TV, in his usual spot, counting down the seconds to Midnight. What will be different this year is that his speech will be slightly slurred, the result of a 2004 stroke. Some of us canâ€™t help but to hear that same countdown in our own lives (I refer you all to the new TV show on TNT that will be airing tonight, Men of a Certain Age). We hear that countdown in all aspects of our lives, to the end of our careers, to the difficulties of old age, to the decisions we must make about closing chapters that defined us.
Mr. Clark turned 80 this past Monday, and a lot of people consider him a hero for remaining on the job. They see him as a role model for resiliency, and a vital steward of New Year’s Eve, a holiday designed to look back as well as forward. They ask: Why surrender Dec. 31 to the young?
Well, this article from The Wall Street Journal, talks extensively about both Clark passing the baton on to Ryan Seacrest (with whom heâ€™s shared the hosting duties for the past few years), as well as dealing with the concept of retiring as well. To watch a slide show about Clarkâ€™s career, go here.
Needless to say, we think that he has access to some sort of Hollywood-mystical fountain of eternal life (come to think of it, he DOES seem to sparkle in daylight), that allows him to go forever.