Anyone who grew up from the ’50s onward who watched American television was effected in one way or another by Dick Clark. He was a pioneer in TV, bringing us countless musical groups through American Bandstand. He was an annual fixture with his New Year’s Eve show. He hosted game shows and introduced the world to the concept of bloopers. He was a producer, entertainer, innovator, talent scout, and cultural icon. The “eternal teenager” suffered a stroke in 2004, which limited his public appearances, though he still showed up to see in the New Year. Not enough can be said about his contribution to the entertainment industry and our culture as a whole. He will be missed.
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