Most people will remember entertainer and businessman Dick Clark as the host of American Bandstand and New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. Gittings photographer Rick Bettinger has a more personal memory of this legend, having taken Clark's portrait in 1997. Like many celebrities, Dick Clark was being honored by a charity and they requested a professional photograph of him to feature in the program.
"I created the portrait of Dick Clark who was an honoree of the Collin County Children's Advocacy Center," Rick recalls. "He was a very gracious and friendly man, with a great sense of humor. He looked incredibly good for a man his age and was very easy to work with. I also met his wife, Kari, and she was very elegant and beautiful and very gracious as well."
This portrait hangs in Rick's studio in Fort Worth.