Crystal Panel On Times Square Ball Honors Dick Clark
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As the city and the world gets ready to usher in the New Year, a special honor was bestowed upon the party's long-time host.
Dick Clark's widow, Kari, was presented Thursday with a crystal panel engraved with her late husband's name.
The panel will be one of the 288 Waterford Crystal triangles that will make up the iconic Times Square ball.
Organizers said they couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to Dick Clark.
"For 40 years, in the darkest days of New York, the darkest days of Times Square, 42nd was the most dangerous block in America," said Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance. "Dick Clark would come here and he'd lead the celebration, and he'd send positive images and a positive vibe from New York City."
"There's always excitement," said Kari Clark. "Dick always said Times Square is the place to be on New Year's Eve."
This year's theme is "Let There Be Peace". Each crystal panel shows a dove surrounded by a burst of sunlight.