Messages written by Dick Clark’s fans will be part of the confetti that’s showered on Times Square next New Year’s Eve.
People can share their memories of Clark on square-inch pieces of confetti at the Times Square Visitor Center & Museum. The messages will be displayed at the center’s Confetti Wishing Wall until New Year’s Eve.
Tributes also can be submitted online. Visitors to the center can leave flowers and mementoes beneath a photo montage of Clark’s life.
The Times Square Alliance says Clark “was instrumental in making New Year’s Eve at the Crossroads of the World what it is today.”
I’m completely dying already. I’m seriously unsure of how I’m going to muddle through this New Year’s without the physical presence of Dick Clark on Times Square. I mean, fans commemorating Dick Clark’s life through the very New Year’s confetti that dropped around him for forty years? I love it. It breaks my heart. I knew that the televised New Year special would never be the same, but I didn’t expect it to be so … so poignant. Dick Clark, we miss you already, and it’s not even May yet.
Call me emotional, but this whole “dead Dick Clark” thing really got to me last night, guys. I actually cried. I didn’t cry over Whitney Houston; I didn’t even cry over Michael Jackson. But Dick Clark? Well. Let’s just say that he had a special place in my heart, where every New Year’s Eve, I could revisit the times with my dearly departed-of-eight-years Nana—my Nana, who I spent New Year’s Eve year in and year out with up until I was probably fourteen or fifteen, along with Dick Clark. We’d make shrimp and homemade cocktail sauce, and we’d eat nacho tortilla chips and struggle to stay up until midnight, and one day in May, she died. And now Dick Clark is gone, too, and New Year’s Eve is … well, it’s going to be different from now on. I know that sounds overly-sentimental, and it’s a rarity coming from me, but jeez. Cut a girl some slack. I can’t be all ass and tits and f-cks and upskirts all of the time, you know.
Even the President is talking about Dick Clark. And that kind of made me well up, too:
“With ‘American Bandstand,’ he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final `so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.”
And the really sad part (you know, aside from the fact that the man is gone) is that, in his last New Year’s Eve-related interview (back in December of ’11), his camp was asked if that year would be Dick’s last, since he’d already been on the show for forty years:
Even though Ryan Seacrest took over the main hosting duties for “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve” several years ago, the man himself, Dick Clark, still tries to make an appearance every year. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the Times Square special and to celebrate, ABC has put together a look back, which will air Dec. 31 before the live New Year’s Eve festivities begin.
When asked if the on-air tribute to the show indicates it is Clark’s last year appearing on the program, Mark Shapiro, the chief executive of Dick Clark Productions, tells the New York Times, “That’s a great question, and the only one that knows that answer is Dick himself.”
Clark later said in an email, “I hope not.”
RIP, Dick. Sure hope they keep your show named ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ even though you’re gone.
Dick Clark — famed TV producer and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host — died from a massive heart attack this morning … TMZ has learned.
Clark’s rep tells TMZ, the TV icon had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Clark was 82.
Clark’s health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011.
More details to come.
Ryan Seacrest Tweeted his condolences to Dick’s family:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.