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The legendary Dick Clark leaves us.

Updated on April 22, 2012

From Syracuse University to the Walk of Fame

Richard Wagstaff Clark was born Nov. 30th, 1929 the son of a radio station salesman. As a teenager he got hired in Utica by WRUN Radio, after his older brother was killed in WW2. This station was owned by his uncle and managed by his father. He was soon promoted to weatherman and news announcer. Then he graduated from A.B. Davis H.S. and then entered Syracuse University. After studying Business Administration, he worked in radio and T.V. in Syracuse New York until he landed his "spring board" job for WFIL in Philidelphia. It was all bright lights and big stars from there!

In 1952 an affiliate of WFIL started a show called Bob Horn's Bandstand, that Dick substituted on. In 57' he took the show over and brought it to ABC as American Bandstand. After that as we know, he starred in The Dick Clark Show, The $25,000 Pyramid, Bloopers and Practical Jokes, and of course Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve, started by his company, Dick Clark Productions. This company also enabled him to produce and create the American Music Awards (to rival the Grammy's), and several made for T.V. movies about Elvis and the Beatles.

Though suffering the effects of a debilitating stroke and being 82, the T.V. legend himself rang in the New Year in 2012 and celebrated his 40th Anniversary New Year's Special. As one of the most ambitious and accomplished men in the T.V. production business, Dick Clark was credited for giving Madonna, Barry Manilow, The Jacksons and many others their start. He was an unbelievable force that never gave up on his dream to do more and do it better. Our society will never forget him!

On April 18, 2012 Dick Clark passed away of a massive heart attack. He was 82.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thumbs up for your tribute. How will New Year's Eve ever be the same without Dick Clark. He has given so many of us years of memories. Thank you.

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      Jasmine Pena 5 years ago from California, USA

      So sad that he passed away:( Love American Bandstand:)

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      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Janiek!

      OK Abe, I have told you before that I do not allow unsubstantiated statements on my blog! You need to include the racist quote and a link to it. Otherwise post the garbage elsewhere!

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      Abecedarian 5 years ago

      I grew up watching him but was very disappointed as an adult when I watched footage of him making racist remarks.

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      Mary Krenz 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Wow, I didn't know that he had passed. My mother was born and raised in Philly and she was actually on American Bandstand as a teenager. I winder if she was there to greet him...