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    Posted April 19, 2012 by
    StevenLeuck
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    Eugene, Oregon
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    Memories of Dick Clark

    Mr. Clark was a True Gentleman

     
    In the mid 80's I worked for a large electrical contractor in NYC as a project manager/estimator. At the time Mr. Clark and his wife bought one of the penthouse apartments in what was then called Trump Plaza at about 63rd and 3rd Ave. It fell to me to help them with their electrical ideas in their plans to remodel the space to their liking before moving in.

    I grew up on Dick Clark's American Bandstand during the 60's so needless to say, I was thrilled to be able to work with him.

    I found Mr. Clark to be incredibly easy to work with. He was truly a Gentleman. One of the things he wanted was some specialty lighting to be installed before a house warming party they were throwing for some close friends and family. It was a push to get it all done on time but it was. A few days after the party Mr. Clark called me at home and told me personally how much he appreciated the extra time and work it took to get the specialty lighting purchased, delivered and installed on time.

    He gave me his home phone number and told me that if I should ever need anything that he could do for me that I should never hestiate to call on him. Out of respect for his privacy I never did call him. But, to this day the only reason I save my old Rolodex is because his number is in there.

    I have worked with many celebrities over the years but he was far and away the kindest, most thoughful gentleman of all the celebrities I have ever met or had the pleasure to work with.

    My very heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife and children on his loss. Dick Clark will live on in our hearts and minds forever through the music he helped bring into our lives.

    Steven Leuck
    Oregon
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