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Saying Good-Bye to an American Institution.... - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
Saying Good-Bye to an American Institution....
Oh, how I wanted to go on American Bandstand....

But instead, I have to say good-bye to its Leader....



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aprilvalentine From: aprilvalentine Date: April 18th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
So sad that we've lost American's oldest living teenager, isn't it?
fabrisse From: fabrisse Date: April 19th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I was so sad to read this today. My sister and I still say, "It's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to..."
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 20th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)


Lord, but he made the 70's a great decade, embraced the civil rights movement, and AB was the first show of its kind to show both white and black teens TOGETHER and dancing. God, sometimes we forget how great the late 60's were and how great they made the 70's. So much freedom for gays, blacks and women.


Then the 80's and damn it, suddenly we were back in the 50's - except now, shows on TV had "token" minorities but for the most part, our screens were filled with mostly white faces. But Dick Clark still tried, God bless him!
caarianna From: caarianna Date: April 19th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, he was born the same year as my mother! Funny, I always thought of him as more of a contemporary. On a more personal note, he and and his wife own GullsWay, where Hardcastle and McCormick was filmed in Malibu. They very graciously allowed us to tour the grounds and the guest house the year Brian's star was put on the Walk of Fame. While we were there, I ended up chatting for quite a while with his chauffeur and giving some impromptu career advise. New Years Eve won't ever seem the same without Dick around to ring out the old and bring in the new.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 20th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, right! I remember

you telling me. I wonder if she'll keep it now?
caarianna From: caarianna Date: April 20th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, right! I remember

We don't know. The group is sending a note of condolence to her and to the person who managed their appts and tours of the estate -- Heidi was very good to us when we visited a few years back. We're hoping to have access again during next year's 5 yr reunion. Or is it twenty-five year .... Not sure I'll be able to go. Hard to be there in the summer (end of June) and it might stillbe the Moonridge year, too. May have to head home early in the spring or come later in th fall if I want to be there off-season.
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: April 19th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
He was born the same year as my mother, too! How funny. He stayed cool a long time!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 20th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

He was a smidgen younger

than mine. She'd be 86 now, but she still felt he was her contemporary. Dad would never watch AB, but mom tried to like it even though she found herself saying the same things to me and my sister about 'our' music as her mother had said to her....

"How can you call that stuff 'music'???"


I wonder if, as the music changed, Dick found himself thinking the same thing???
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