So Long, Dick Clark

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Dick Clark

Dick Clark died at the age of 82. Credit: Publicity Photo for American Bandstand, 1961.

Radio and TV legend Dick Clark died April 18th, leaving behind decades of memories. From American Bandstand (stemming from the 1952 show Bob Horn’s Bandstand) to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (which he hosted/co-hosted through 2011), his professional career spanned almost 60 years.

Born Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark on November 30, 1929, he went from being a weatherman and news anchor, to game show and music show host and radio personality.  Clark hosted five different versions of the Pyramid game show and also appeared in several movies. He also had stake in restaurants and a theater.

Clark delivered his well-known catchphrase with a military salute:

For now, Dick Clark…so long.

Clark’s youthful appearance gained him additional notoriety. Until suffering from a minor stroke in 2004, Clark was dubbed as “America’s Oldest Living Teenager”. In the ’50s and ’60s he was also dubbed a spokesperson for wholesome, American teens.

As we remember Dick Clark, check out this 1959 clip from This is Your Life:


What are your fond memories of Dick Clark? Were you an avid viewer of his shows? Did you listen to him countdown top-40 songs on the radio? We’d love to hear your story.

Last updated: Apr 18, 2012
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