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    Posted April 18, 2012 by
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    Memories of Dick Clark

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn says her fondest memory of Dick Clark was during her time as a school girl, when she would come home in the afternoon right after school and watch American Bandstand. 'It was the part of my day that I looked most forward to,' she says. 'The mold was broken with Dick Clark, no one can take his place.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    My earliest memories of Dick Clark began in the early 1960's. During that time American Bandstand was on television every afternoon from four to five pm. It was an every afternoon ritual to rush home from school, take care of the home work, grab a bag of chips and a soda and blissfully watch Dick Clark and American Bandstand. My older brother thought Mr. Clark was a "Kool Kat" I thought so too and followed his footsteps and dance moves. Following Chubby Checker he learned to do The Twist and The Limbo, winning several trophies at the school sock hops. Once my brother left home, I kept up the daily habit. It was sad once the show was discontinued through the week and moved only to Saturday. Come rain or shine I claimed that hour as mine, always watching the top ten and listening to the new songs with the best beat and that were easy to dance to. Dances such as The Jerk, The Monkey, The Pony The Swim and the Hitch Hiker were among my favorites.
    I will never forget March 1967 when the Beatle's Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were debuted on American Bandstand. The Beatles new look and sound was eerie, strange, a little frightening but oh so very exciting. This was a big change for the music industry. Mr Clarks musical variety shows such as 'Where the Action Is' and 'It's Happening' were favorites and kept the legacy going.
    Thank you Mr. Clark for some of the happiest youthful hours on television.
    You are our icon and you will be terribly missed.

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