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Dick Clark, beloved "American Bandstand" creator-host and iconic New Year's Eve emcee, died Wednesday at age 82. Readers described his passing as the "end of an era" and a shock for generations of people who have viewed Clark as eternally youthful.
Upon learning of the news, many iReporters were eager to dig through their photo albums and memory banks. Dennis Foreman of Overland Park, Kansas, met Dick Clark at a restaurant opening in 1992. Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grills are a nationwide chain of music-themed restaurants. The Overland Park location is now closed, but Foreman says he will always treasure seeing Clark shake hands with people in the room rather than hide behind a rope line.
"The thing that I thought was most memorable was when I thanked him," Foreman recalled. "He said, 'No sir, thank you for coming to my restaurant.' "
wjoreilly: "Dick Clark's passing is one of those events that anyone who said he saw it coming would be a liar. His omnipresence in the media, his involvement with the Philly, then Motown, sounds of the '50s and '60s were rivaled only by Don Cornelius, who ironically passed away only recently. There must be something in the two of them moving on down the road at about the same time. Dick Clark and Don Cornelius were fixtures in their media presence and in their living associations with what's cool, what sells and what expresses us best in music, movement and style. Thank you, Dick Clark for helping us to express ourselves and to understand our place in our culture a little better."
Meanwhile, our story commenters took us on a trip back through time.
longtooth: "We watched 'American Bandstand' on our black and white TV in the '50s. It was a show you didn't want to miss if you were a kid just dying to be a teenager. I pretended to dance like the cool guy with the hair loaded with Brylcreem. I don't have much hair left, and I never could dance well, but Dick Clark was a big part of American youth and rock n' roll. Rock on."
One reader said they were on "American Bandstand."
Damaso: "I was on 'American Bandstand' in 1958. We lived across the river in Burlington, New Jersey. I remember Mr. Clark as a wonderfully hospitable man full of joy and life. He will always remain so in my memories."
For those who came of age in Philadelphia, the memories are heightened.
mjy: "I grew up in Philadelphia and danced on 'Bandstand' as did so many of my friends. It started in Philadelphia at the Arena on Market Street. I can remember the lines waiting to get into the Arena. As for Dick Clark, he was forever youthful. His age was a mystery and a puzzle for so many of his fans. I am very saddened by his loss; my condolences to his family. He was one of a kind."
Clark's passing proved a sobering reminder for some that even the forever teenager was a mortal man.
RRWExpat: "This marks the end of an era. As much as it was sad to see him over the last few years, so many people had memories of their teenage years centered around 'American Bandstand' that just knowing that he was still involved with music and the kids that grew up with him helped us deny our own aging. Sad day."
He was an icon for a generation, or maybe several generations.
JohnRJohnson: "Like a lot of other baby boomers, I learned how to dance watching the kids on 'Bandstand' in the 1950s. Dick Clark gave us our first look at some of the great performers of that era, including Bobby Darin, the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens. Until then, they were just voices on a little 45 rpm record with a big hole in the middle. Clark always came across as this classy and friendly guy who genuinely enjoyed the music he played. That is how I will remember him for the rest of my life. I do not want to remember his last several performances on the New Year's Eve shows, where his terrible strokes had contorted his face and made him difficult to understand. I was glad he was still around all those years, but I do not want to remember him that way."
Some wondered if there's a rock 'n' roll heaven.
Bob Bichen: "A true icon in the history of rock and roll. As many came and went, he remained amazingly relevant over the years. You sir, will be missed. Here's hoping you will be spinning wax with many of the greats in Rock and Roll Heaven."
The readers don't ask for much.
corkpuller: "Your life ... had a great beat and was easy to dance to ... for all of us. Go gently with a smooth tune into eternal rest Mr. Clark. Thank you for being in our lives."
How will we count down now?
xShadex: "Wow. My New Year's tradition has been watching the Stooges marathon and Clark doing the countdown for as far back as I can even remember. RIP Dick. Wont be the same without you."
Another auld lang syne?
HarryWortz: "Without Dick Clark, there can be no New Year's Eve. Maybe the Mayans were right."
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