New Year’s Eve Traditions

The year 2012 will go down as the year, that I learned I had cancer. I had duodenal cancer surgery on Oct.16 at the Houston VA Hospital and it was successful, but as a precaution I am undergoing chemotherapy for 24 weeks.

I am cautiously optimistic as we embark on the year 2013 later tonight, hoping and praying that the chemotherapy will be non-eventful. I hope to post more often in the coming months, if the chemotherapy continues to go well.

Lime Sherbet Punch, Chips and Dip Tradition

On a happier note, this will rekindle memories of  some New Year’s traditions. One tradition that has been in our family for years is the making of lime sherbet punch with lime sherbet and ginger ale. It makes for an excellent drink, but it is almost addictive, since it tastes so good. Another element in our New Year’s tradition is chips and dip, which goes well with the lime sherbet punch. The combination of chips and dips are great for watching the football bowl games and watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.

Guy Lombardo New Year’s Eve

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians band were featured on New Year’s Eve programming on old time radio, as far back as 1929 and were later seen on television. Lombardo’s New Year’s Eve program was on the air continuously from 1929-1976. His program went head to head against Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve until his death. Lombardo was most famous for playing Auld Lang Syne on his program.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

It will be sad to watch the show tonight with Dick Clark having died in 2012 and his wife Kari said on television this weekend, that she will miss kissing him this New Year’s Eve. Dick Clark created the show and it has aired continuously since 1974, but Clark missed the 2005 show, due to having suffered a stroke. His speech was altered by the stroke and he seemed to gradually improve his speech, in the years since the stroke. Dick Clark  counted down the last few seconds for the last time  before the ball dropped in Times Square in the last show. Ryan Seacrest who has been on the show since 2007 and did almost all the hosting duties anyway will now take over the show.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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