Two legacies end in one day

Within one hour, news broke that Pat Summit, coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols had stepped down and Dick Clark, we all know who he is, had died.

Pat Summit is a legend here and that legend status is far beyond sports. I saw her in person several times in the early 90’s. She was a force. That glare even burned through me a few times. She was incredible to watch and listen to. It’s amazing to consider the lives she touched over her almost 40 years coaching. It’s sad to see this chapter end the way it has.

And, how many lonely New Year’s Eve nights did I spend at home with Dick Clark? So many that I am still embarrassed to admit it. I even watched American Bandstand on Saturday mornings. Think of all of the great music that no one else was putting on national television when Dick Clark did it. Talk about being instrumental in the civil rights moment.

Let’s not forget the fabulous blooper shows that were the predecessor of a little thing called YouTube. This man did it all and he had the courage to keep going and keep counting down even after his stroke robbed him of so much. Also, the Pecan Chicken Tenders at the American Bandstand Restaurants were INCREDIBLE.

Thanks, Pat and Dick, for everything.