Dick Clark’s biggest impact was personal
PB Pulse - almost 5 years
He showed us how to dance, what music to listen to, and gave us something to do on New Year’s Eve.
For generations of Americans, Dick Clark was more than just a TV host; he was the person who helped shape key memories in our lives.
In judging Clark’s accomplishments, some might use his giant television empire as the benchmark: He made millions of dollars as a television entrepreneur, showing far more business savvy than you’d expect from someone with a slightly derisive nickname, “America’s oldest living teenager.” Game shows, award shows, bloopers, the American Music Awards — hours of television were filled by Dick Clark Productions, and Ryan Seacrest’s career follows Clark’s blueprint.
But for most Americans, their memories of Clark are personal. He came to them in their living room with “American Bandstand,” counting down the hits, introducing the latest dance moves and hair styles, and chatting up the pop act of the hour who would stop by lip-synch their new songs.
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