I have spent more Saturday's and more New Year's Eves with Dick Clark than anyone else in my life...and I will miss him greatly.
Saturday mornings were cartoons but early afternoons (before the ball game) was time for American Bandstand. I didn't realize that I was watching Rock-n-Roll history and how many of the artists I was watching getting their start and I'd be listening to for years to come. Dick has amazed me... He never grew older! (although I did!)
On Saturdays, we would to go to my Great-Grandpa's in Kew Gardens (Queens, NY). At the time it was just my brother and I. To entertain us, Mom put on Bandstand and sometimes we'd dance:
Dick Clark started hosting American Bandstand in 1956...I was born in 1956. So Dick Clark was there (for my) forever. Barry Manilow's Bandstand Boogie is the only theme I remember.
WATCH: 30 year Special
Bandstand stopped running on ABC in 1987. My son was 7 years old.
In 1972 Dick started hosting Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve. I have had a date with Dick every New Year's Eve. Actually, there is only one or two that I remember having a "date" outside the house that didn't include Dick. (Sorry Dick, didn't mean to stand you up!) I was never big on going out on New Year's because it just didn't seem like a good time to go out when you knew everyone was out drinking and celebrating and then driving, so I am the one that stays home. After my son was born I was home anyway.
Ryan Seacrest joined my celebration in 2005. I hope Ryan and I make it through the years to come but it will not be the same without Dick. Every New Year's Eve to come, I will remember Dick. Watch and listen: It's just another New Year's Eve (without you, Dick)
Rest Peacefully my friend. I will miss you.
Dick Clark 1929 Mount Vernon, NY - 2012 Santa Monica, CA. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.