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May 4, 2004

News- Gazette

When Dick Van Dyke said goodbye on Sunday, he left behind a new generation of fans and a lifetime of memories. Van Dyke, 78, returned to Danville for what's likely to be his last homecoming, to be honored as a DHS distinguished alumnus and to attend a student performance of "Bye Bye Birdie." Van Dyke, who was a member of the Dramatic Club and a cappella choir, also spoke about the importance of school music and drama programs. "All over the country, school budgets are being shaved to the bone, and the first thing to suffer has been music programs," he said, urging the community to continue its support. "Kids have got to have music in their lives. These kids will walk around with more confidence and more grace just having done this kind of a show. Believe me, it will change their lives." Van Dyke's friendliness, down-to-earth personality and natural charm endeared him to students as soon as he pulled up to the school's circle drive, got out of his car and broke out into a grin, which seemed to stay on his face throughout the weekend.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr Van Dyke when he both performed, and helped judge, last year's LA Harmony Sweepstakes. He is a customer of Primarily A Cappella and a keen barbershop fan and this article tells how he performed with his high school a cappella choir. He is probably cappella's biggest celebrity fan. Editor

Posted by acapnews at May 4, 2004 8:02 AM

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