Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Passing of Dick Clark

The entertainment world is definitely in a big state of mourning today over the news of Dick Clark's passing.  He passed away yesterday from reportedly a heart attack at the age of 82.  What can you say about Dick Clark?  He did so much for the industry.  He did so much that when you look at his resume, you tend to be reminded of things that he was involved with.  Case and point for me was seeing the Pyramid game show listed.  Wow, I watched that just about every morning when I was a kid with that syndicated show.  I think we all tend to focus more on American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve and forget some of the other things he was involved with.   Dick Clark launched so many music careers over his many decades in the business.  The outpouring from the music industry has been amazing to follow with all the tributes.  American Bandstand was a show that people just piled around the TV to watch every single day.  It was such a huge part of America.  Again, if you think about Dick Clark, you often are going to think about him and Times Square.  Seeing him for New Year's Rockin' Eve is one of the biggest traditions that you are going to have for New Year's Eve.  He still continued to appear on the show for the last several years despite his health troubles that he battled.  There is definitely going to be sadness at the end of this year with him not being there.  I expect a huge tribute to him on the show that will be amazing.  Of course, I have to mention one of my favorite shows of all time that he was behind and that is American Dreams.  The show focused on the Bandstand era and took us through a history lesson of what was going on during the 60's while tying it to music and the story of the Pryor family.  I consider it to be one of the most underrated shows ever so to see it getting some media attention this morning makes me smile.  I still miss that show terribly.  Hey NBC, we're still waiting on that extended series finale that you never aired!  Dick Clark's legend in the industry spanned a bunch of decades, launched so many careers, and touched many lives.  He is going to be missed deeply.  Thank you Dick Clark for everything that you gave us to entertain us through your life. 

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