Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cookies and Crapola - Week 7

two great people on my mind this week

Peaceful Journey to Dick Clark
The "Ambassador of American Music"



The Times Square Alliance has designated a part of their 2013 Wishing Wall for memories of Dick Clark.

pic from last year's wall


Each New Year's Eve all wishes and dreams and notes posted on the Wishing Wall are combined into the tons of confetti released at midnight.

You can participate from anywhere in the world by filling out a Wishing Wall form HERE

Another legend - Pat Summitt will now serve as head coach emeritus of Tennessee's Lady Vols basketball team after 38 years as their head coach. Pat is the winningest head coach in NCAA history - men or women - any division. She stepped down this week to concentrate on her health. She has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.



Ms. Summitt will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

When asked how his mother would cope with her latest challenge her son, also a basketball coach, said she would follow her own advice ...

"Left foot, right foot, breathe."

22 comments:

SparkleFarkle said...

Such wonderful tributes. I plan on keeping Ms. Summit's advice in my wallet, referring to it often. <--Thanks! And thank-you, Dick Clark, wherever you are, because I'm sure God's been saving an extra-special place just for you! One of my fondest childhood memories is watching Mr. Clark pencil-measure the depth of teenage girls' teased bouffant hairstyles on American Bandstand. Sleep peacefully, Dick.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful tributes indeed! Two American icons that's for sure. Hope she wins this battle as well, and somehow New Years Eve will never be quite the same. Great post for the day, Dianne!

Hugs to Hope and to you. Have a great weekend -- both of you!

Sylvia

LL Cool Joe said...

Alzheimer's is a bitch of a disease. My father-in-law died of it a couple of years ago. I think it's harder for the carer than it is for the sufferer in many ways.

I'm so sad about Dick Clark. He was one of my heros.

Kay L. Davies said...

"Left foot, right foot, breathe" is so wonderful it brought tears to my eyes.
Both of my parents had Alzheimer's when they were 80, but early-onset is unimaginable. Knowing what is coming must be the scariest thing. I would shoot myself, I'm sure, if I had that diagnosis. I watched my father dwindle away, and it was hell to watch. Mom was really more fortunate, she died of other causes before the Alzheimer's progressed beyond absentmindedness.
K

Mike Golch said...

Great tribut to two great people.I love the quote"left foot right foot,breathe."

Shrinky said...

I can't add much to what's already been said, other than to endorse what Mike said regards that quote - and 'ain't it so true?

Tracy said...

I was so sad that day; I think seeing Pat Summitt step down made me realize how fast her decline in health had been and then Dick Clark passing away, then my husband's uncle died and just wasn't a very good day at all...

DJan said...

These days it seems we lose an icon or two every week. Must be because all these people were ones I grew up with, and now I'm old, too. Another reminder to be grateful for today. :-)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Wonderful tributes, my dear Dianne....I wrote a little something about Dick Clark today, too....! He was a unique individual in our crazy business...! Sad to see him go.
I'm not as familiar with Pat S., but I wish her well on this very difficult journey...! "Left foot, Right foor, Breathe", Indeed!

Ken said...

ditto to DJan

Linda Reeder said...

These two passages are milestones for sure.

Akelamalu said...

Left foot, right foot, breathe..... I like that!

Marg said...

Those are two terrific tributes to two terrific people. Hope all of you have a really nice Sunday.

Ron said...

Both, AMAZING tributes, Dianne!

I love when you share these because you really get to heart and soul!

When I heard about the passing of Dick Clark, it really affected me because I (like many others) have such fond memories of American Bandstand (which was originally shot here in Philly), and New Years Eve in Times Square. He was such an American Tradition.

I had no idea about the Wishing Wall in Times Square, so thank you for sharing that because I've gotta stop by there the next time I'm in NYC.

"Left foot, right foot, breathe."

LOVE that!

Hope you're having a great weekend, dear lady!

X to you and the gang!

Ivanhoe said...

Awwwwww....that was just great, Di! Have a wonderful week full of cookies :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Lovely post, lovely tributes. Dick Clark's American Bandstand heyday was sort of after my time (I am really old and besides that we didn't have TV when I was in high school) but he sure did give it a good fight and that's to be admired.

Ms Summitt is a role model -- I love that advice, we sure could all remember and follow that whatever walk of life and whatever stage of life we're in. "Left foot, right foot, breathe." Beautiful!!!!

Cloudia said...

Two great people in one great post!




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HermanTurnip said...

What's up with the rash of deaths this year? Dick Clark, Levon Helm, Jimmy Ellis, Ralph McQuarrie, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Don Cornelius, Mike Wallace. Is it something in the water? Crazy...

Daryl Edelstein said...

most excellent advice!

Rita said...

I hate to think what my teen years would have been without American Bandstand. It is all that keep me in the loop at my country high school.

Thank you Dick, rest in peace.

Frank Baron said...

That advice got me through a couple of tough decades.

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