Dick Clark: 1929-2012

18 Apr

Every year, millions of Americans have celebrated the New Year with the comforting and traditional presentation brought by Dick Clark.  For as long as I can remember, with notable exceptions being the past two years due to work, I have been among those Americans.

Sadly, I have seen my last New Year’s countdown starring Dick Clark.  Clark, 82, passed away today of a heart attack, more than seven years after a debilitating stroke caused him to miss the countdown that straddled the 2004 and 2005 years.

Dick Clark in 1961 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

I pause here to say that I realize that Dick Clark’s legacy is far more than New Year’s.  As the host of American Bandstand and Password, among numerous other hosting and production credits, Dick Clark endeared himself to all of us 365 (or 366) days of the year for much of his adult life (and frankly, much of the television era itself).

I will look back fondly on those New Year’s memories, always accompanied by Clark’s affectionate kiss of his third wife, Kari, at the same time millions of Americans watching him and surrounding him in Times Square were embracing and kissing their own loved ones.

New Year’s Eve is always a good time to reflect on one’s fortunes, and this time it is we who reflect — reflect on our own good fortunes of spending so many New Years with Dick Clark.

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One Response to “Dick Clark: 1929-2012”

  1. Torchic Maniac April 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Dick Clark will be missed. He was a TV legend.

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