HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME W/DICK CLARK

 

 

Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark Jr. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations. Clark was also well known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark — so long!", accompanied with a military salute.

 

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Talking Heads and Simon & Garfunkel. Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage and among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a "youth culture." Due to his perennial youthful appearance and his fame as the host of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as "America's oldest teenager" or "the world's oldest teenager".

 

In his capacity as a businessman, Clark served as Chief Executive Officer of Dick Clark Productions, part of which he sold off in his later years. He also founded the American Bandstand Diner, a restaurant chain modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. In 1973, he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show, similar to the Grammy Awards.

 

Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show a year later on December 31, 2005. Subsequently, he appeared at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show through the 2011–12 show. Clark died on April 18, 2012, of a heart attack at the age of 82 following a medical procedure.

 

Early life

Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, to Richard Augustus Clark and Julia Fuller (née Barnard) Clark. His only sibling, older brother Bradley, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

 

Clark attended A.B. Davis High School (later renamed A.B. Davis Middle School) in Mount Vernon, where he was an average student. At age 10, Clark decided to pursue a career in radio. In pursuit of that goal, he attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising and a minor in radio. While at Syracuse, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi Gamma).

 

Radio and television career

In 1945, Clark began his career working in the mailroom at WRUN, an AM radio station in Rome, New York, that was owned by his uncle and managed by his father. Almost immediately, he was asked to fill in for the vacationing weatherman, and within a few months he was announcing station breaks.

 

While attending Syracuse, Clark worked at WOLF-AM, then a country music station. After graduation, he returned to WRUN for a short time where he went by the name Dick Clay. After that, Clark got a job at the television station WKTV in Utica, New York. His first television-hosting job was on Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders, a country-music program. He would later replace Robert Earle (who would later host the GE College Bowl) as a newscaster.

 

Clark was principal in pro broadcasters operator of 1440 KPRO in Riverside, California, from 1962 to 1982. In the 1960s, he was owner of KGUD AM/FM (later KTYD AM/FM) in Santa Barbara, California.

 

American Bandstand

In 1952, Clark moved to Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he took a job as a disc jockey at radio station WFIL, adopting the Dick Clark handle. WFIL had an affiliated television station (now WPVI) with the same call sign, which began broadcasting a show called Bob Horn's Bandstand in 1952. Clark was responsible for a similar program on the company's radio station, and served as a regular substitute host when Horn went on vacation. In 1956, Horn was arrested for drunk driving and was subsequently dismissed. On July 9, 1956, Clark became the show's permanent host.

 

Bandstand was picked up by the ABC television network, renamed American Bandstand, and debuted nationally on August 5, 1957. The show took off, due to Clark's natural rapport with the live teenage audience and dancing participants as well as the non-threatening image he projected to television audiences. As a result, many parents were introduced to rock and roll music. According to Hollywood producer Michael Uslan, "he was able to use his unparalleled communication skills to present rock 'n roll in a way that was palatable to parents."

 

In 1958, The Dick Clark Show was added to ABC's Saturday night lineup. By the end of year, viewership exceeded 20 million, and featured artists were "virtually guaranteed" large sales boosts after appearing. In a surprise television tribute to Clark in 1959 on This Is Your Life, host Ralph Edwards called him "America’s youngest starmaker," and estimated the show had an audience of 50 million.

 

Clark moved the show from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964. The move was related to the popularity of new "surf" groups based in Southern California, including The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. The show ran daily Monday through Friday until 1963, then weekly on Saturdays until 1987. Bandstand was briefly revived in 1989, with Clark again serving as host. By the time of its cancellation, the show had become longest-running variety show in TV history.

 

In the 1960s, the show's emphasis changed from merely playing records to including live performers. During this period, many of the leading rock groups of the 1960s had their first exposure to nationwide audiences. A few of the many artists introduced were Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Simon and Garfunkel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker.

 

During an interview with Clark by Henry Schipper of Rolling Stone magazine in 1990, it was noted that "over two-thirds of the people who've been initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had their television debuts on American Bandstand, and the rest of them probably debuted on other shows  produced." During the show's lifetime, it featured over 10,000 live performances, many by artists who would have been unable to appear anywhere else on TV, as the variety shows during much of this period were "antirock." Schipper points out that Clark's performers were shocking to general audiences:

 

The music establishment, and the adults in general, really hated rock and roll. Politicians, ministers, older songwriters and musicians foamed at the mouth. Frank Sinatra reportedly called Elvis Presley a "rancid-smelling aphrodisiac."

 

Clark was therefore considered to have a negative influence on youth, and was well aware of that impression held by most adults:

 

I was roundly criticized for being in and around rock and roll music at its inception. It was the devil's music, it would make your teeth fall out and your hair turn blue, whatever the hell. You get through that.

 

In 2002, many of the groups he introduced appeared at the 50th anniversary special to celebrate American Bandstand. Clark noted during the special that American Bandstand was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as "the longest-running variety show in TV history." In 2010, American Bandstand and Clark himself were honored at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Hank Ballard, who wrote "The Twist," described Clark's popularity during the early years of American Bandstand:

 

The man was big. He was the biggest thing in America at that time. He was bigger than the president!

As a result of Clark's work on Bandstand, journalist Ann Oldenburg states "he deserves credit for doing something bigger than just putting on a show." Los Angeles Times writer, Geoff Boucher, goes further, stating that "with the exception of Elvis Presley, Clark was considered by many to be the person most responsible for the bonfire spread of rock 'n roll across the country in the late 1950s," making Clark a "household name." He became a "primary force in legitimizing rock 'n' roll," adds Uslan. Clark, however, simplified his contribution:

 

I played records, the kids danced, and America watched.

 

Shortly after taking over, Clark also ended the show's all-white policy by featuring black artists such as Chuck Berry. In time, blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and studio seating was desegregated. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Clark produced and hosted a series of concert tours around the success of American Bandstand, which by 1959 had a national audience of 20 million. However, Clark was unable to get the Beatles to appear when they came to America.

 

The reason for Clark's impact on popular culture was partly explained by Paul Anka, a singer who appeared on the show early in his career: "This was a time when there was no youth culture — he created it. And the impact of the show on people was enormous." In 1990, a few years after the show had been off the air, Clark considered his personal contribution to the music he helped introduce:

 

My talent is bringing out the best in other talent, organizing people to showcase them and being able to survive the ordeal. I hope someday that somebody will say that in the beginning stages of the birth of the music of the fifties, though I didn't contribute in terms of creativity, I helped keep it alive.

 

Payola hearings

In 1960, the United States Senate investigated payola, the practice of music-producing companies paying broadcasting companies to favor their product. As a result, Clark's personal investments in music publishing and recording companies were considered a conflict of interest, and he sold his shares in those companies.

 

When asked about some of the causes for the hearings, Clark speculated about some of the contributing factors not mentioned by the press:

 

Politicians . . . did their damnedest to respond to the pressures they were getting from parents and publishing companies and people who were being driven out of business by rock. . . . It hit a responsive chord with the electorate, the older people. . . . they full-out hated the music. But it stayed alive. It could've been nipped in the bud, because they could've stopped it from being on television and radio.

 

Game show host

Beginning in late 1963, Clark branched out into hosting game shows, presiding over The Object Is. The show was cancelled in 1964, and replaced by Missing Links, which had moved from NBC. Clark took over as host, replacing Ed McMahon.

 

 

Dick Clark as host of The $10,000 Pyramid

Clark became the first host of The $10,000 Pyramid, which premiered on CBS March 26, 1973. The show — a word-association game created and produced by daytime television producer Bob Stewart — moved to ABC in 1974. Over the coming years, the top prize changed several times (and with it the name of the show), and several primetime spinoffs were created.

 

As the program moved back to CBS in September 1982, Clark continued to host the daytime version through most of its history, winning three Emmy Awards for best game show host. In total, Pyramid won nine Emmy Awards for best game show during his run, a mark that is eclipsed only by the twelve won by the syndicated version of Jeopardy!. Clark's final Pyramid hosting gig, The $100,000 Pyramid, ended in 1988.

 

Clark subsequently returned to Pyramid as a guest in later incarnations. During the premiere of the John Davidson version in 1991, Clark sent a pre-recorded message wishing Davidson well in hosting the show. In 2002, Clark played as a celebrity guest for three days on the Donny Osmond version. Earlier, he was also a guest during the Bill Cullen version of The $25,000 Pyramid which aired simultaneously with Clark's daytime version of the show.

 

Entertainment Weekly credited Clark's "quietly commanding presence" as a major factor in the game show's success.

 

Clark hosted the syndicated television game show The Challengers, during its only season (1990–91). The Challengers was a co-production between the production companies of Dick Clark and Ron Greenberg. Also during the 1990–91 season, Clark and Greenberg co-produced a revival of Let’s Make a Deal for NBC with Bob Hilton as the host. Hilton would later be replaced by original host Monty Hall. Clark would later host Scattergories on NBC in 1993; and The Family Channel's version of It Takes Two in 1997. In 1999, along with Bob Boden, he was one of the executive producers of Fox's TV game show Greed, which ran from November 5, 1999, to July 14, 2000, and was hosted by Chuck Woolery. At the same time, Clark also hosted the Stone-Stanley-created Winning Lines, which ran for six weeks on CBS from January 8 through February 12, 2000.

 

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

In 1972, Dick Clark first produced New Year's Rockin' Eve, a New Year's Eve music special for NBC which included coverage of the ball drop festivities in New York City. Clark aimed to challenge the dominance of Guy Lombardo's New Year's specials on CBS, as he believed its big band music skewed too old. After two years on NBC, and being hosted by Three Dog Night and George Carlin respectively, the program moved to ABC and Clark assumed hosting duties. Following Lombardo's death in 1977, Rockin' Eve experienced a surge in popularity, and would go on to become the most watched New Year's Eve broadcast yearly. Clark would also serve as a special correspondent for ABC News's ABC 2000 broadcast, covering the arrival of 2000.

 

Following his stroke (which prevented him from appearing at all on the 2004–05 edition), Clark returned to make minimal appearances on the 2005–06 edition, while ceding the majority of hosting duties to Ryan Seacrest. Reaction to Clark's appearance was mixed. While some TV critics (including Tom Shales of The Washington Post, in an interview with the CBS Radio Network) felt that he was not in good enough shape to do the broadcast, stroke survivors and many of Clark's fans praised him for being a role model for people dealing with post-stroke recovery. Seacrest has remained host and an executive producer of the special ever since, taking over full duties after Clark's death.

 

Radio programs

Clark's first love was radio, and in 1963 he began hosting a radio program called The Dick Clark Radio Show. It was produced by Mars Broadcasting of Stamford. Despite Clark's enormous popularity on American Bandstand, the show was only picked up by a few dozen stations and lasted less than a year.

 

 

Photo of Clark in 1963. His ABC radio show was called "Dick Clark Reports".

On March 25, 1972, Clark hosted American Top 40, filling in for Casey Kasem. In 1981, he created The Dick Clark National Music Survey for the Mutual Broadcasting System. The program counted down the top 30 contemporary hits of the week in direct competition with American Top 40. Clark left Mutual in 1986, and Charlie Tuna took over the National Music Survey.

 

Clark then launched his own radio syndication group with partners Nick Verbitsky and Ed Salamon called the United Stations Radio Network. That company later merged with the Transtar Network to become Unistar, and took over the countdown program Countdown America. The program ran until 1994, when Unistar was sold to Westwood One Radio. The following year, Clark and Verbitsky started over with a new version of the USRN, bringing into the fold Dick Clark's Rock, Roll & Remember, written and produced by Pam Miller (who also came up with the line used in the show and later around the world: "the soundtrack of our lives"), and a new countdown show: The U.S. Music Survey, produced by Jim Zoller. Clark served as its host until his 2004 stroke. United Stations Radio Networks continues in operation as of 2013.

 

Dick Clark's longest running radio show began on February 14, 1982. Dick Clark's Rock, Roll & Remember was a four-hour oldies show named after Clark's 1976 autobiography. The first year, it was hosted by veteran Los Angeles disc jockey Gene Weed. Then in 1983, voiceover talent Mark Elliot co-hosted with Clark. By 1985, Clark hosted the entire show. Pam Miller wrote the program and Frank Furino served as producer. Each week, Clark would profile a different artist from the rock and roll era and count down the top four songs that week from a certain year in the 1950s, 1960s or early 1970s. The show ended production when Clark suffered his 2004 stroke. However, reruns from the 1995–2004 era continue to air in syndication and on Clark's website, dickclarkonline.com.

 

Other television programs

At the peak of his American Bandstand fame, Clark also hosted a 30-minute Saturday night program called The Dick Clark Show (aka The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show). It aired from February 15, 1958, until September 10, 1960, on the ABC television network. It was broadcast live from the "Little Theater" in New York City and was sponsored by Beech-Nut gum. It featured the rock and roll stars of the day lip-synching their hits, just as on American Bandstand. However, unlike the afternoon Bandstand program, which focused on the dance floor with the teenage audience demonstrating the latest dance steps, the audience of The Dick Clark Show sat in a traditional theater setting. While some of the musical numbers were presented simply, others were major production numbers. The high point of the show was Clark's unveiling, with great fanfare at the end of each program, of the top ten records of the coming week. This ritual became so embedded in American culture that it was imitated in many media and contexts, which in turn were satirized nightly by David Letterman on his own Top Ten lists.

 

From September 27 to December 20, 1959, Clark hosted a 30-minute weekly talent/variety series entitled Dick Clark's World of Talent at 10:30 p.m. Sundays on ABC. A variation of producer Irving Mansfield's earlier CBS series, This Is Show Business (1949–1956), it featured three celebrity panelists, including comedian Jack E. Leonard, judging and offering advice to amateur and semi-professional performers. While this show was not a success during its nearly three-month duration, Clark was one of the few personalities in television history on the air nationwide seven days a week.

 

One of Clark's best-known guest appearances was in the final episode ("The Case of the Final Fade-Out") of the original Perry Mason TV series, in which Clark was revealed to be the killer of an egomaniacal actor during a take of a television show. He appeared as a drag-racing-strip owner in a 1973 episode of the procedural drama series Adam-12.

 

Clark attempted to branch into the realm of soul music with the series Soul Unlimited in 1973. The series, hosted by Buster Jones, was a more risqué and controversial imitator of the then-popular series Soul Train and alternated in the Bandstand time slot. The series lasted for only a few episodes. Despite a feud between Clark and Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius, the two men would later collaborate on several specials featuring black artists.

 

Clark hosted the short-lived Dick Clark's Live Wednesday in 1978. In 1980, Clark served as host of the short-lived series The Big Show, an unsuccessful attempt by NBC to revive the variety show format of the 1950s/60s.

 

In 1984, Clark produced and hosted the NBC series TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes with co-host with Ed McMahon. The series ran through 1988 and continued in specials hosted by Clark (sometimes joined by another TV personality) into the 21st century, first on NBC, later on ABC, and currently on TBS (the last version re-edited into 15-minute/filler segments airing at about 5:00 a.m.)

 

Clark and McMahon were longtime Philadelphia acquaintances, and McMahon praised Clark for first bringing him together with future TV partner Johnny Carson when all three worked at ABC in the late 1950s. The "Bloopers" franchise stems from the Clark-hosted (and produced) NBC "Bloopers" specials of the early 1980s, inspired by the books, record albums and appearances of Kermit Schafer, a radio and TV producer who first popularized outtakes of broadcasts. For a period of several years in the 1980s, Clark simultaneously hosted regular programs on the three major American television networks: ABC (Bandstand), CBS (Pyramid) and NBC (Bloopers).

 

In July 1985, Clark hosted the ABC primetime portion of the historic Live Aid concert, an all star concert designed by Bob Geldof to end world hunger.

 

Clark also hosted various pageants from 1988-93 on CBS. He did a brief stint as announcer on The Jon Stewart Show in 1995. He also created and hosted two Fox television specials in 2000 called Challenge of the Child Geniuses, the last game show he would host.

 

From 2001 to 2003, Clark was a co-host of The Other Half with Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce and Dorian Gregory, a syndicated daytime talk show intended to be the male equivalent of The View. Clark also produced the television series American Dreams about a Philadelphia family in the early 1960s whose daughter is a regular on American Bandstand. The series ran from 2002 to 2005.

 

Other media appearances

Clark was featured in the 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine. He was criticized for hiring poor, unwed mothers to work long hours in his chain of restaurants for little pay. The mother featured is shown to work over 80 hours per week and is still unable to make her rent and then gets evicted which results in her having to have her son stay at his uncle's house. At his uncle's house the boy finds a gun and brings it to school where he shoots another first grader. In the documentary footage, Michael Moore, with cameraman in tow, approached Clark as he was pulling into his work parking space and attempted to question Clark about welfare policies that allow for those conditions. Moore tried to query him about the people he employed and the tax breaks he allegedly took advantage of, in employing welfare recipients; Clark refused to answer any of Moore's questions, shutting the car door and driving away.

 

Clark also appeared in interview segments of another 2002 film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was based on the "unauthorized autobiography" of Chuck Barris. (Barris had worked at ABC as a standards-and-practices executive during American Bandstand's run on that network.)

 

In the 2002 Dharma and Greg episode "Mission: Implausible," Greg is the victim of a college prank, and devises an elaborate plan to retaliate, part of which involves his use of a disguise kit; the first disguise chosen is that of Dick Clark. During a fantasy sequence that portrays the unfolding of the plan, the real Clark plays Greg wearing his disguise.

 

He also made brief cameos in two episodes of the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In one episode he plays himself at a Philadelphia diner, and in the other he helps Will Smith's character host bloopers from past episodes of that sitcom.

 

Business ventures

Dick Clark's AB Grill in Branson, Missouri (November 2007)

In 1965, Clark branched out from hosting, producing Where The Action Is, an afternoon television program shot at different locations every week featuring house band Paul Revere and the Raiders. In 1973, Clark began producing the highly-successful American Music Awards. In 1987, Dick Clark Productions went public. Clark remained active in television and movie production into the 1990s.

 

Clark had a stake in a chain of music-themed restaurants licensed under the names "Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grill", "Dick Clark's AB Grill", "Dick Clark's Bandstand — Food, Spirits & Fun" and "Dick Clark's AB Diner". There are currently two airport locations in Newark, New Jersey and Phoenix, Arizona, one location in the Molly Pitcher travel plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey, and one location at "Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater" in Branson, Missouri. Until recently, Salt Lake City, Utah had an airport location.

 

"Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater" opened in Branson in April 2006, and nine months later, a new theater and restaurant entitled "Dick Clark's American Bandstand Music Complex" opened near Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

 

From 1979 to 1980, Clark reportedly owned the former scandal-ridden Westchester Premier Theatre in Greenburgh, NY and renamed it the Dick Clark Westchester Theatre. A recently opened Stop & Shop supermarket now stands at that location.

 

Personal life

Clark was married three times. His first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952; the couple had one son, Richard A. Clark, and divorced in 1961. He married Loretta Martin in 1962; the couple had two children, Duane and Cindy, and divorced in 1971. His third marriage, to Kari Wigton, whom he married in 1977, lasted until his death.

 

Health issues

During an interview on Larry King Live in April 2004, Clark revealed that he had type 2 diabetes.

 

On December 8, 2004, the then 75-year-old was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering what was initially termed a minor stroke. Although he was expected to be fine, it was later announced that Clark would be unable to host his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast. Clark returned to the series the following year, but the dysarthria that resulted from the stroke rendered him unable to speak clearly for the remainder of his life.

 

Death and legacy

On April 18, 2012, Clark died following a transurethral resection of the prostate; he had been suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate). His death certificate gives the immediate causes of death as acute myocardial infarction (a heart attack) and coronary artery disease.

 

Clark's family did not immediately decide on whether there would be a public memorial service, but stated "there will be no funeral". He was cremated on April 20, and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

 

Following his death, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Clark's career: "With American Bandstand, he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year." Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer Diana Ross spoke of Clark's impact on the recording industry: "Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary and a major force in changing pop culture and ultimately influencing integration," Gordy said. "He presented Motown and the Supremes on tour with the "Caravan of Stars" and on American Bandstand, where I got my start," Ross said.

 

 

TRIVIA

1.       Which novel opens with "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."?           "1984",  “Moby-Dick”,  “Pride and Prejudice”,  “To Kill a Mockingbird?

2.       Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?   Sweden,  Iceland,  Monaco,  United States?

3.       When "Seinfeld" first premiered in 1989, the television show was actually called what?           "Jerry & Friends",  "Everyone Loves Jerry" , "Jerry & Elaine",  "The Seinfeld Chronicles?

4.       Approximately how many mothers are there currently in the U.S.?    37.8 million,  85.4 million,  122.7 million,  177.1 million?

5.       What disco act scored hits with "Staying Alive" and "Night Fever"?     Kool & the Gang,  KC and the Sunshine Band,  Village People,  Bee Gees?

6.       The father of actor Paul Giamatti is the former commissioner of which sport?  Baseball,  Football,  Basketball,  Hockey?

7.       Who created the weight loss program "Sweatin' to the Oldies"?   Jane Fonda,  Suzanne Somers,  Richard Simmons,  Olivia Newton-John?

8.       Which volcano wiped out the ancient Roman city Pompeii?  Mauna Loa,  Mount Vesuvius,  Mount St. Helens,  Mount Tambora?

9.       In which year were tobacco commercials banned from network television in the United States?           1959,  1965,  1971,  1777?

10.   Which country has the highest Catholic population in the world?  Philippines,  Brazil,  United States,  Italy?

 

 

RIM COUNTRY FISHING REPORT

By: James Goughnour

Rim Country Custom Rods

480.495.1351

 

The talk among Rim Country anglers is the Wild West Bass Trail Team Championship held last weekend on Roosevelt Lake with the final day weigh-in and Expo at Green Valley Park in Payson. The top 10 teams who made it through to Championship Saturday took turns at the scales until all had weigh-in in. The Payson team of Clifford Pirch and Buddy Randall made a huge jump on the final day but not enough to overcome the leaders, Michael Perry and David Burns. After the fish were weighed they were immediately moved to a release boat containing circulating water and chemicals to improve the oxygen level of the water. Ice was also added to keep the water at an appropriate temperature during transport. Jeremy DeHart of Wild West Bass Trail notified AZGFD Aquatics Program Manager that 100% of the fish were not only alive, but very health when released back into Roosevelt Lake. Kudos to Wild West Bass Trail, AZGFD, TNF, Town of Payson and Gila Country for planning and executing another exciting "Adventure Were We Live" event!

 

Fishing conditions were called fair to good by local experienced anglers. There were several conditions cited as possible impacts to the fishing. The first is the water temperature.  It has been steadily increasing and is now warm enough that algae is blooming on the surface. This is a normal occurrence when the first summer temperature occur. Another factor is that water is now being taken out of the lake for downstream use. For now, it's nearly matching the amount coming into the lake but as the need increases, more water will be drawn from the lake. Those falling water conditions can disturb the fish, especially spawning fish. It's mid-May but the full moon will bring yet another wave of bass onto the spawning flats. Most anglers have given up pursuing spawning bass, but experienced anglers understand fish patterns better than most angler.   

 

The crappie spawn continues on Roosevelt Lake; however, the water conditions continue to make sight-fishing difficult. This is frustrating some crappie anglers, however if it enhances the success of the spawn, crappie anglers will be very happy in a year or two.

 

If you're a visitor to Rim Country, just know that the trout fishing in Rim Country streams is excellent. The AZGFD stocks trout right alongside most roads with easy stream access to it's easy and fun trout fishing for all ages and experience levels. If you're new to Rim Country, drive out the Houston Mesa Road to the sign that reads "First Crossing". There is easy parking, restrooms picnic tables and lots of freshly stocked rainbow trout eager to feed on Power-bait (green and yellow is my favorite), using a small trebled hook. Oh yeah, don't forget the camera!   

 

Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.  

 

WHAT’S COOKIN’?

 

 

Rosemary-Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

 

 

This impressive-but-easy dish will fill your kitchen with the enticing scents of rosemary and garlic. It’s the perfect way to upgrade your potatoes!

 

Ingredients

3    tablespoons butter, melted

2    tablespoons olive oil

1    tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

4    cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 1/2    teaspoons fine kosher or sea salt

1/2    teaspoon pepper

3 1/2    lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch slices (about 8 potatoes)

1/3    cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Fresh rosemary sprigs

 

Steps

1.       Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir together butter, oil, chopped rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.

2.       Add potato slices to butter mixture; toss to thoroughly coat slices. Pick up potatoes by the handful, and place slices 1 on top of another, forming a small stack. Place potato stack on its side in ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish. Continue making small stacks with remaining potatoes and arranging them side-by-side in dish to form 3 rows of tightly packed stacked slices. Scrape bowl for any remaining butter mixture, and spread over potatoes.

3.       Bake 1 hour. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until potatoes are fork-tender and golden brown on top. Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow-Cooker Mexican Honey Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

 

 

 

Winner, winner, slow-cooker chicken dinner! This sweet-and-savory recipe comes together quickly for warming Mexican flavors that are perfect for any season.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1/2    cup honey

1    package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix

6    cloves garlic, finely chopped

1    tablespoon butter, melted

1/2    teaspoon salt

2    lb red potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

1    package (2 lb) chicken legs (about 6)

1    lime, cut into wedges

2    green onions, thinly sliced

2    tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

 

Steps

1.       Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix honey, taco seasoning mix, garlic, melted butter and salt. Add potatoes, and toss to coat. Using slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to slow cooker. Add chicken to bowl with honey mixture; toss to coat. Arrange chicken on top of potatoes in slow cooker. Pour any remaining liquid over chicken.

2.       Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 to 4 hours or until potatoes are tender and instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken, without touching bone, reads at least 165°F. Do not uncover slow cooker before 3 hours.

3.       Line large rimmed baking pan with foil. Position oven rack 4 inches from broiling element. Set oven control to broil. Transfer chicken to pan. With slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to serving platter; cover with foil. Pour 1/4 cup of liquid from slow cooker over chicken. Broil 2 to 4 minutes or until chicken skin is golden brown and crisp. Turn chicken; pour another 1/4 cup liquid from slow cooker over chicken. Discard remaining liquid from slow cooker. Broil 2 to 4 minutes longer or until skin is golden brown and crisp on second side.

4.        Serve broiled chicken with sauce from pan, potatoes and lime wedges. Top with green onions and cilantro.

 

Slow-Cooker Whole Orange Chicken

 

 

Bird is the word! This easy spin on classic orange chicken is so beautiful, no one will believe it came from your slow cooker.

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

1    jar (12 oz) sweet orange marmalade

1/2    cup packed brown sugar

1/4    cup soy sauce

2    tablespoons chili garlic sauce

1    teaspoon salt

1    whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 1/2 lb)

1-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled

1/4    cup cornstarch

1/4    cup orange juice

6    thin slices of orange, halved

2    tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Cooked white rice, if desired

 

Steps

1.       Spray 5-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix marmalade, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and salt. Add chicken and marmalade mixture to slow cooker, spreading marmalade mixture over chicken, inside and out. Place chicken breast side down; add gingerroot.

2.       Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken thigh muscle and not touching bone reads at least 165°F (legs should move easily when lifted or twisted). Do not uncover slow cooker before 4 hours.

3.       Remove gingerroot, and discard. Transfer chicken to cutting board; let stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Cut into 8 pieces.

4.       Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix cornstarch and orange juice; stir into liquid mixture in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.

5.       Position oven rack 4 inches from broiling element. Set oven control to broil. Line large rimmed baking pan with foil; carefully transfer chicken, skin side up, to pan. Place orange slices around chicken; brush oranges and chicken with sauce. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until skin is golden brown and crisp; sprinkle with cilantro, and serve with more of the sauce over rice.

 

Slow-Cooker Swiss Steak Supper

 

 

Throw together round steak, potatoes, carrots, onions and tomatoes before you go to work. It'll be ready to enjoy when you get home.

 

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb boneless beef round steak

1/2 teaspoon peppered seasoned salt

6 to 8 small red potatoes, cut into fourths

1 1/2 cups ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots Save $

1 medium onion, sliced

1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained

1 jar (12 oz) beef gravy

Chopped fresh parsley, if desired

 

Steps

1.       Cut beef into 6 serving pieces. Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with seasoned salt. Cook in skillet 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until brown.

2.       In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, layer potatoes, carrots, beef and onion. In medium bowl, mix tomatoes and gravy; spoon over mixture in slow cooker.

3.       Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours. Sprinkle with parsley. <BR><BR><B>Note:</B> This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

 

 

TRIVIA ANSWERS

1.       Answer: George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” begins with the line “"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen". The novel is about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. The book popularized the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian state. Many of the terms and concepts of the book, such as Big Brother, doublethink, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949.

2.       Answer: Monaco! The second smallest country in the world boasts the highest life expectancy, with citizens living an average of 89.5 years. That is four years longer than any other country and almost an entire decade longer than the average American. It doesn’t hurt that this Western European country, on the French Riviera, is home to the highest number of millionaires per capita in the world. The inhabitants of Monaco enjoy eating the very healthy Mediterranean diet and are said to live a less stressful lifestyle than most other countries. Source: CIA.GOV

3.       Answer: The show premiered as The Seinfeld Chronicles and originally aired on July 5, 1989. The series was renamed Seinfeld after the failure of short-lived 1990 ABC series The Marshall Chronicles. After nine years on the air and 180 episodes filmed, the series finale of Seinfeld aired on this day in 1998. It was watched by an audience estimated at 76 million viewers. Jerry Seinfeld holds the record for the "most money refused" according to the Guinness Book of World Records by refusing an offer to continue the show for 5 million dollars per episode

4.       Answer: There are approximately 85.4 million mothers in America, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate. The average age of new moms in the U.S today is 25 years old versus 21 years old in 1970. Modern moms in the U.S. have an average of 2 kids. According to the Insure.com 2017 Mother's Day Index, the various tasks moms perform at home would be worth $67,619 (up from $65,523 in 2016) a year in the professional world. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world!

5.       Answer: The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time. The group consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The Bee Gees' music will live forever on dance floors with unforgettable hits such as "Jive Talkin,'" "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Stayin' Alive." Following Maurice's death in 2003, Barry and Robin retired the group's name after 45 years of activity. Robin died in 2012, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group

6.       Answer: Paul Giamatti is an actor best known for his roles in the films Private Parts, Sideways, and American Splendor. He currently stars in the Showtime TV series Billions. Paul Giamatti is the son of A. Bartlett Giamatti, the youngest president of Yale University and later, the 7th Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Giamatti served as Commissioner for only five months before dying suddenly of a heart attack. He is the shortest-tenured baseball commissioner in the sport's history. Giamatti is best remembered today for negotiating the agreement resolving the Pete Rose betting scandal by permitting Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment.

7.       Answer: Richard Simmons is a fitness guru, actor, and comedian. He promotes weight-loss programs, prominently through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos and is known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality. He began his weight-loss career by opening a gym called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California, catering to the overweight, and he became widely known through exposure on television. Simmons has continued to promote health and exercise through a career spanning several decades

8.       Answer: Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 20.5 miles, spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. An estimated 16,000 people were killed in this eruption due to hydrothermal pyroclastic flows

9.       Answer: In April 1970, President Nixon signed into law the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio starting on January 2. 1971. The Virginia Slims brand was the last commercial shown, during a commercial break on The Tonight Show at 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 1971. Effective 2010, regulations prohibit tobacco companies from sponsoring sports, music, and other cultural events. Also, tobacco companies can no longer display their logos or advertise their products on T-shirts, hats, or other apparel

10.   Answer: Brazil has more Catholics than any other country with close to 127 million, or 11.7% of the world’s Catholic population. It is followed by Mexico (96 million), the Philippines (76 million), the U.S. (75 million), Italy, (49 million), Colombia (38 million), France (38 million), Poland (35 million), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (31 million). The top 10 countries account for 55.6% of the Catholic population globally. For some perspective, Brazil alone has more Catholics than Italy, France and Poland, the top three European countries on the list, combined.

 

 

INTERNET HUMOR

AN IRISHMAN'S FIRST DRINK WITH HIS SON

 

While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took my son out for his first pint.

 

Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from our house. I got him a Guinness. He didn't like it, so I drank it.  Then I got him a Kilkenny's, he didn't like that either, so I drank it.  Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn't. So, I drank it.

 

I thought maybe he'd like whiskey better than beer, so we tried a Jameson's, nope!  In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland's finest. He wouldn't even smell it. What could I do but drink it!

By the time, I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was so sh_ _-faced I could hardly push his stroller back home.

 

Out of the mouths of babes

An elementary teacher was teaching the children about whales, when a young girl raised her hand. and explained that she learned in her Sunday school class, that a man named Jonah had spent some time in the belly of a whale.

The teacher replied that there was no way that could be true, because even though the whale is a huge creature, it's throat was very small, and there is no way something as large as a man could fit down it's throat.

 

The little girl thought for a moment and said "Well, when I get to Heaven, I'll find Jonah, and ask him if it's true".

 

The teacher smiled and said "but what if, you know, Jonah went to Hell?"  The little girl quickly replied "Well, then YOU ask 'em"......

 

What It Was Like One Hundred Years

THE YEAR IS 1917      

What a difference a century makes!  

Here are some statistics for the Year 1917:  

·         The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.  

·         Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.  

·         Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.  

·         Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.  

·         The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.  

·         The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.  

·         The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.  

·         The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.  

·         A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.  

·         A dentist $2,500 per year.  

·         A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.  

·         And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.  

·         More than 95 percent of all births took place at home  

·         Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!  Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."  

·         Sugar cost four cents a pound.  

·         Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.  

·         Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.  

·         Most women only washed their hair once a month, And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.  

·         Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.  

·         The Five leading causes of death were:  Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart disease, and Stroke  

·         The American flag had 45 stars .  

·         The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30. 

·         Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.  

·         There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.  

·         Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write. And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.  

·         Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.   Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" (Shocking?)  

·         Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help...  

·         There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !  

·         I can forward this to someone else without typing it myself.   From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!  

 

It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.      

 

Psychiatrist vs. Bartender

A little something to ponder …..

 

Ever since I was a child, I've always had a fear of someone under my bed at night.  So I went to a shrink and told him: "I've got problems.  Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it.  I'm scared.  I think I'm going crazy."

 

Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. Come talk to me three times a week, and we should be able to get rid of those fears. How much do you charge? One hundred fifty dollars per visit", replied the doctor.

I'll sleep on it", I said.

 

Six months later the doctor met me on the street. Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?  He asked.  Well, $150 a visit, three times a week for a year, is $23,400.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought a new pick-up truck.

 

Is that so?  With a bit of an attitude he said, "And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?"

 

He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now.

 

"It's always better to get a second opinion".