Dick Clark, 1929-2012

Man, it took about five minutes before the Dick Clark hologram jokes started pouring in via social media, but I can't say I'm surprised. And even though Clark no doubt had a sense of humor, it'd been increasingly difficult to see him in the last few years, what with his failing health. Still, he continued to do what he knew, what he loved, and we should all be so lucky.

I used to come home from school and race to see who would be on American Bandstand , the show I watched along with Dance Party USA, in the late '80s. Among everything else, Clark was a great interviewer, great at interacting with often prickly musicians. Not very many people get a chance to wrangle The Village People and introduce an off-the-rails performance from Public Image Ltd. Pretty sure he also enjoyed being lampooned every once in a while.

His death today at age 82 from a heart attack, while not surprising, is unfortunate. He was there for the start of rock 'n' roll, and rode that train all the way.

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