I'm still struggling with the photo upload in Blogger right now, so I don't have a photo of Dick Clark, but I did want to acknowledge his passing. I wasn't a huge fan of "American Bandstand" growing up just because we lived in Germany in the early years when I might have grown a taste for it. Later, when we moved back to the States, my sister watched it on Saturdays when I wanted to watch cartoons. It was a bone of contention - I didn't want to watch ANYTHING she wanted to watch. In my teen years, in the 1980s, I did watch "Bandstand" until "Friday Night Videos" came on. So I do have to thank him for all the music I was introduced to back then.
But I did appreciate Dick Clark for all his work in television (particularly "$25,000 Pyramid", music awards shows and "New Year's Rockin' Eve"). He seemed the last of a breed of gentlemen - hard working, kind, willing to share his knowledge, skills and experience.
I know his presence will be missed. Farewell, Dick Clark. Thanks for the memories.