The family of Dick Clark invited us to attend the Dick Clark Memorial. He was a good man. Always offered a kind word.
The event was kept a secret, and no cameras were allowed. At the event we saw and spoke with – Chubby Checker, who changed everything when he brought out the twist and then let's twist again. He became so famous, that he had a daily afternoon show on TV where he taught people how to twist... Gary US Bonds, who had many hits including Quarter to Three... Stevie Wonder,who has had many, many hits starting with 1963's Fingertips Pt 1 and Pt 2, got up to say a few kind words about Dick Clark. Jerry Weintraub, who produced all of the Oceans 11, 12, and 13 movies – got up to say how much he missed Clark. David Foster, who produced everyone from Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion and others. Berry Gordy created Motown. He was also a former boxer, and songwriter. His career started with writing hit songs for Jackie Wilson, like Reet Petite, Higher And Higher and Do You Love Me for the Contours. And the powerful and attractive Paul Stanley and his beautiful wife Erin were also there. Larry King got up to say a few words, as did Marie Osmond... and we saw Frankie Vallie of the Four Seasons wishing everyone well.
We walked over to a wall where artists had signed photos of themselves posing with Dick Clark. There were about 30 photos. You would recognize every single one of them. Spanning decades. And there, up towards the top, was a photo of Dick with Paul and myself.
We were blessed to have known him. I have learned humility from a man who never wavered from offering a kind word.