Farewell Dick Clark!

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012 (Photo credit: clotho98)

Long time American icon, Dick Clark, passed away today, of an apparent heart attack.  He was 82.

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baby Boomers will forever remember him as the host, and face, of American Bandstand.  He looked like one of the teenage dancers on the show – in the earlier days – and for the longest time it seemed like he positively refused to age.  He was dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager’!  As with all good things though, that finally caught up with him when he suffered a pretty severe stroke eight years ago.  The stroke took a lot out of him, but he was able to teach himself how to walk and talk again.

He was also well known for hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve“, on ABC, from 1972 until his stroke in 2004.  He made a comeback, of sorts, in 2006, but his spirit was much stronger than his physical being.  He was like a mentor to his eventual successor, Ryan Seacrest.

Dick Clark was also a successful producer of such television shows as “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the game show “$25,000 Pyramid”, both of which he hosted, for a time.  His very illustrious professional life spanned more than 55 years!

God bless Dick Clark!  He’ll be remembered, and he will be missed.  Rest in peace, sir.  We salute you.


6 Responses to “Farewell Dick Clark!”

  1. 1 Wimpy April 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Rest in peace Mr. Clark ill pray for your soul Godspeed Wimpy

  2. 2 SpenceG April 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Though I didn’t catch TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, I do have fond memories of American Bandstand and even recall Madonna’s performance. Thank you, Mr. Clark and RIP.

  3. 3 LindaLee April 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It is hard to believe. I somehow thought we’d never lose him. He did so much better this past New Years. God bless him and his family.

  4. 4 yourpowerfullife May 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Always keeping the memory of the legends alive!
    My mom was on American Bandstand and then years later I worked for Dick Clark as an actress/model on some of his TV shows (some you don’t remember… LOL). More on my blog: YourPowerfulLIFE.wordpress.com
    You and your readers might also be interested in the story of two sisters (Alberici Sisters) entertaining with some of the Icons of the 20th Century like the Rat Pack! http://www.BeyondOurWildestDreams.com
    Maria Lauren

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