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Thank you very, very much. Please sit down because having produced nine million award shows, I know Mr. Gowdy [ph], the producer, is up there saying "Hurry, say thanks fast."
You saw something that brings back a flood of memories to me. Gladys [Knight] and...people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and colors appeared on that show.
I don't have time to thank every person that has helped me along the way. I want to thank a thing: American Bandstand -- because I grew up with it -- and most of you did.
Something -- You
know...it's hard to explain how a silly little dance show with a guy
playing records and kids dancing could have any long-lasting
significance. And I don't want to get [unclear
at :50] or heavy about this, but think about what happened
there. For almost 40 years, kids got together in a social
atmosphere. They got to know one another. They exchanged cultures.
And they didn't hurt each other, and there wasn't any violence. And
we could all learn a little something from that show. It was a good
Now, I gotta -- I must thank all the network people and the sponsors and the cable people and all the people that helped me live a lifetime dream.
I want to thank my mother and father, because a lot happened to me in my life, a lot of it good and some of it not so good -- and they taught me how to get through it.
I have three wonderful children, RAC, Duane and Cindy of whom I am very proud; and a woman to whom I am married who -- who works with me every day and helps me live out that dream and I hope that [if] the good Lord is willing, I can continue to do so. Thank you, Kari.
Thank you all very much. Thank you, academy.
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