Great comments Ted! And you are right. I personnaly have never cared for Mr Clark, even back in his earlier days, but your piont about throw-aways remains valid. I think much of our American market is hurting from the same problem.So far, I'm the only one that voted for him to STAY. Dick Clark is a legend. But more than that, he is an example of overcoming adversity and dissability. I was able to understand his speech and I admired his courage for being on camera with all that difficulty. Our world isn't all super-models and leading men. We have become a nation of "throw-aways" and that includes people too. Dick Clark is definately swimming up stream. The New Year show is a once-a-year program. I think I can tolerate (admire) Dick Clark for a few hours. OK, that's all. Happy New Year to All.