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Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in At TMV | 3 comments

Dick Clark Dies Of Heart Attack At 82

Word just breaking today that Dick Clark has died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Clark was an institution in the music and television industries, hosting American Bandstand for 30 years (the day the show debuted nationally his guest was Elvis Presley). He also hosted numerous game shows, including a several versions of the pyramid.

For many years Dick Clark was a must do for New Years Eve celebrations.

He had slowed down in recent years after several strokes but continued to do what he could to remain active.

More to follow as the story develops, please feel free to share your memories of Clark, and let’s focus on the positive today.

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  • StockBoyLA

    So sad to see this icon pass. May he rest in peace.

  • cjjack

    Back in the 1990s, I helped produce a show that aired on a radio network partially owned by Dick Clark. I only met him in person once, and he was gracious and very down to earth.

    One thing about him that surprised me was that, unlike a lot of people less rich and famous, he answered his own phone. That SNL sketch with David Spade as Dick’s snotty receptionist? Couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Dick called and left a message on our voice mail one day – which was shocking enough – but when we called the number back, there was no flunky or assistant on the other end of the line. It was Dick Clark.

    He also wrote his own “thank you” notes, one of which we displayed on the wall of our office. When we finally got to meet him in person, we asked why he (being Dick Clark and all) would bother writing a personal note to a couple of young punks with a radio show.

    He said that when he was starting out all those years ago, he’d written a letter to the guy who’d inspired him to get into the business in the first place, and that guy had written back with a personal “thank you” note. Ever since, Dick paid it forward by taking the time to do the same.

    By the way, the guy that the young Dick Clark wrote to was Steve Allen – creator of The Tonight Show.

    I now work in the same building where Steve Allen got HIS start in the business.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    that is such a great story cjjack thank you for telling us.

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