I just heard the sad news that Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82. The host of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and American Bandstand died today of a heart attack. ABC News notes that Clark “suffered a serious stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves” subsequently to appear on his eponymous New Year’s Eve countdown show with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Your kids may not recognize Clark, but surely all of us parents have fond memories of watching “America’s Oldest Teenager” ring in the New Year annually in Times Square. Because Clark was such a fixture of my childhood and teen years I always had a fondness for him, which made it kind of difficult to watch him on television after his stroke, much as I admired the gumption it must have taken for him to appear on air. I had no idea Clark studied at Syracuse University, right near my hometown of Oswego, NY. For more interesting facts about Clark’s early career, read this post by ABC News. (Clark owes his career to ABC, which broadcast American Bandstand nationally.)
Feel free to share your memories of Dick Clark in the comments!