Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rest In Peace American Icon, Dick Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)

Born November 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff “Dick“ Clark passed away this morning after suffering a massive heart attack at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA.  (See TV legend Dick Clark dead of a heart attack at age 82).

A great American success story, Dick Clark was a television personality, television game-show host, radio, successful businessman and American icon.

Dick Clark depending on one’s age is famously known for his Saturday morning program, “American Bandstand” which first aired nationally August 5, 1957 and remained on the air for more than three decades.



Regardless of where we lived, went to school, church or our differences, Americans came together Saturday mornings tuning in as a nation to watch American Bandstand and Dick Clark.

One of my first memories of Dick Clark was his introduction of Chubby Checker on American Bandstand.  From that day on, Dick Clark remained on my radar and even though the program was entitled “American Bandstand,”  I remember my parents saying to us on Saturday mornings that it was time to watch Dick Clark.  

At other times, I recall them yelling from the other room to us asking why we were so quiet.  We would respond “We’re watching Dick Clark.”  I can very well imagine that same scenario playing out across the country every Saturday morning for decades.

Dick Clark’s legacy did not end with American Bandstand going off the air in 1987.  He went on to bigger and better things taking us as a nation right along with him.  

One of Clark’s most popular endeavors was hosting “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in which he brought in the New Year from Times Square New York to the world.

The passing of this American icon leaves a hole in the American entertainment industry.  Moreover, Times Square New Year’s Eve will never be the same.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Dick Clark.  We thank them and Dick Clark for his contribution to the entertainment industry and all that he brought to us.  Last but not least, we ask God to bless Dick Clark, family and friends.


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