Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dick Clark RIP

Where do I start? What does one say about Dick Clark's death other than he had an amazing career starting at the dawn of television and ending with the explosion of social media. That's how I found out he had died. Facebook. Yes I know, very sad.

In his later years, he did succumb to the Hollywood lure of plastic surgery. Perhaps a bit too much when his facial muscles stopped moving on their own. But then he was Dick Clark. From American Bandstand to The $25,000 Pyramid to Dick Clark's New Year's Rock'n Eve, he was a legend in his own time. How many of us could ever say that?

To my Washington, DC New Year's Eve circle of friends—the night will just never be quite the same again will it? We won't be able to sit around the TV at midnight and taunt Dick Clark and make fun of just how ridiculous he looks this year and crack jokes about his latest visit to the plastic surgeon. We won't need someone to translate what he is saying as he slurs through his commentary on the crystal ball dropping in Times Square. We won't ponder on whether or not he has suffered a stroke. We won't wonder why ABC continues to put him on the air to cover New Year's Eve. It just won't be the same.

I guess we will be stuck with Ryan Seacrest and all of our happy memories of New Year's Eve spent with Dick Clark, watching the ball drop in NYC. Dick Clark was 82 and died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California.

1 comment:

Diane - It's All Good Until You Burn Dinner said...

Oh...it was so pitiful these last few years watching him "slur" through the words on New Year's Eve, wasn't it? And I actually thought he looked much better this year than he had in a very long time.

Like you...I found out about Dick's death via social media but for me, it was through Twitter. I guess you and I are like about 90% of the population when it comes to harvesting recent news. We find out about things through our connections with friends and acquaintances via our social media accounts.

Farewell, Dick.