Legendary TV producer and host Dick Clark, died of a heart attack on Wednesday at 82. Clark’s health has been on a decline since his stroke in 2004 forcing him to retire from hosting “New Year’s Rocking Eve” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Clark got his big break in 1956, hosting what was called “Bob Horn’s Bandstand” what would later be changed to “America Bandstand.” Dick Clark hosted “America Bandstand” until 1989.
Dick also hosted the Miss USA pagent from 1989-1993 and Miss Universe from 1990-1993. In addition to that, Dick Clark also hosted a bunch of game shows like “Pyramid”, “Scattergories” “The Challengers” and many more. Clark had been inducted into practically every hall of fame on the planet including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Clark had also received a total of 5 Emmy Awards for his work, and a Peabody Award as well. One Emmy was a lifetime achievement award.
Although Dick Clark will be missed his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true America Icon. It wasn’t just that Clark had first introduced the world to likes of Buddy Holly and James Brown as host of the influential “American Bandstand.” It was that his fresh-scrubbed, boyish image and enthusiasm bridged a racial and political divide, making it OK for America’s youth to listen to music that often troubled its older generation.
It is what really made him “America’s oldest living teenager,”
So long Dick Clark and Thank You
Commander In Chief Vandem P