- Posted April 18, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Memories of Dick Clark
Rock, Roll & Remember... Dick Clark
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
This photo is of Dick Clark and my mom, Claudia, taken on Dec. 14, 1976 at Woodward & Lothrop (Landmark Shopping Mall) in Alexandria, VA. At the time, Dick Clark was on a book tour promoting his book "Rock, Roll & Remember."
My mom grew up in Germany, and when she came here to the States for the first time (in her early teens) she saw this show "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark on television. She loved rock 'n roll and was so thrilled to see many of her favorite singers that she had listened to overseas on his show. She became quite hooked on Bandstand with the guest singers and all the other things that were on the show. When she came over next, she had graduated from high school (in Germany--her stepdad was in the US Army), yet she still enjoyed seeing Bandstand whenever she could. I, too, became a loyal watcher of Bandstand and remember him introducing us to Madonna and so many others.
So when my mom heard that Dick Clark was coming to Woodies (Woodward & Lothrop), so near to where we lived, she just had to go and buy his book and have him sign it. And then to have her picture taken with him was the icing on the cake.
After signing my mom's book, Dick Clark posed with her for this picture. She found him to be a very gracious, friendly, and warm person; he made everyone who came through the book signing line feel special. Everyone was so happy and thrilled to meet him. And even though I was six at the time, I very much remember that day and agree with my mom's memories of meeting him in person.
Dick Clark was a lovely man who transcended generations through his passion to share the gift of music in various styles and forms. He will be truly missed, especially on New Year’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Thank you, Mr. Clark, and rest in eternal peace. Namaste.