This morning, Dick Clark reportedly died of a massive heart attack. So many memories have come flooding back to me. When “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” started, I was quite young and always begged my parents to let me stay up to watch it. “American Bandstand” was a MUST watch through my teen years. I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Clark’s witty and insightful presence on the talk show “The Other Half”, comparable to a male version of “The View” that he co-hosted with Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce, and Dorian Gregory. Additionally, in 2002, I became a huge fan of his production of the poignant family drama, “American Dreams” that depicted a family from Philadelphia trying to adjust to a turbulent time in 1960′s (at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination), in which the parents (Helen & Jack Pryor played by Gail O’Grady and Tom Verica) had a teenage daughter (Meg/Brittany Snow) who would be come a regular on “American Bandstand”, an older brother (JJ/Will Estes) going from high school to dealing with the horror of Vietnam, a very bright but socially awkward middle sister (Patty/Sarah Ramos) and the youngest brother (Will/Ethan Dampf) dealing with the aftermath of being stricken with Polio. “American Dreams” was a beautiful piece of media melding television into art. I just re-watched the pilot of “American Dreams” (see episode in 3 parts below) and was moved to goosebumps and tears at the end.
Dick Clark always seemed kind and charming. I send out my prayers to Dick Clark’s loved ones and hope that they will be given much solace by their wonderful memories.
Mr. Clark, you will be missed…rest in peace.
A very nice CBS retrospective on the career of Dick Clark.
A segment from “The Other Half”
Pilot of “American Dreams” follows:
American Dreams Season 1 Episode 1 Part 1 Pilot
American Dreams Season 1 Episode 1 Part 2
American Dreams Season 1 Episode 1 Part 3