Way off-topic I know, but I think he had enough of an impact on American culture that this news is blog-worthy. RIP Dick Clark.
Way OT - RIP Dick Clark
Have never had a New Years without him. At last we still have Ryan Seacrest!
Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper have become the new standard bearers when it comes to new year's eve coverage.
the new years eve stunt on ESPN (or is it Versus). Mom is not a happy camper, but we've been hooked since Travis Posada jumped to the barge in Long Beach Harbor.
It is ESPN. Those guys are crazy, no doubt.
RIP Mr. Clark
Travis Posada must be related to that one baseball player.
but definately not mine
At least we still have Ryan Seacrest!
OK, now I'm REALLY sad about losing Dick Clark.
RIP Dick Clark - there's an argument he made MTV what it is today.
On a light note, at least with Seacrest there will still be one dick on NYE.
new years eve wont be the same :'(
He hung tough the last few years. You can tell that it was not easy for him but he had pride and wanted to keep going and not hide.
He was an American institution.
I never expected this past new years to be his last one! Well..I kinda did...but it's still sad. RIP
That is really sad.
On a side note, what is the difference between OT and Way OT?
I think when things are OT maybe it is about other non-Michigan sports. I'm guessing a topic on Miami Heat might be OT.
Something that is "way OT" is something that has nothing to do with Michigan or sports.
Something that is "way way OT" is starting a thread asking people what I should get for lunch.
I'm old enough to have watched American Bandstand on Saturdays. He was as cool and smooth as they came. A true legend gone
I often felt sorry for the people that only knew him from the New Year's shows. Especially towards the end.
"it's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to."
I definitely never missed a New Year's Rockin' Eve, whether I was at a party or at home with the family. I also remember the tail end of American Bandstand from my younger days and I would rarely miss that. Last but not least, Super Blooper and Practical Jokes and last but never least, the Pyramid iterations through the years. He was awesome even then - one of the ultimate hosts. His impact on this culture cannot be understated, and he will be missed. Rest In Peace.
To highlight how entertaining he was and how much he added, even in small ways, here is Dick Clark tormenting William Shatner periodically while Shatner attempts to win Pyramid by himself:
The dude met Batman.
As you noted (OP), had as big an impact on american pop culture as anyone in our lifetime. Leaving that kind of legacy and living to 82 makes it hard to be too sad, but I certainly feel for those closest to him.
I'd imagine twitter is heavy on the Dick Clark/hologram jokes right now.
The New Year's Eve countdown with him the last couple years was pretty depressing.
RIP, Dick Clark.
...in my dead pool. Unfortunately, EVERYONE else had him as well.
Sad news. Another 20th Century icon, gone.
I haz a sad. :(
In totally inappropriate things to say: I feel like he should be mummified.
Dick Clark, Syracuse University
in the same year? Look out RJ Watkins.
He was the precursor to MTV and all it begat, and was bigger behind the scenes in live television than he even was on. A major part of the formation of pop culture has been lost. And New Year's Eve won't be the same. Heck, the reason New Year's Eve in Time's Square is the center of the universe is BECAUSE of Dick Clark. We lost an icon.
We'll never REALLY be without Dick Clark on NYE.
Even though he stood for a lot of things that were antithetical to what I believed in the 60's-70's era, like lip-synching and disposable pop, I always had a lot of respect for Dick Clark. He always made people smile, and always took the high road when criticized.
When he came back from his stroke, barely able to talk, and kept showing up on live, national television for New Year's Eve for seven more years, even in a reduced role, it put him in the Human Being Hall of Fame in my eyes.
RIP to a man who had at least a billion "friends," and almost no enemies.
I enjoyed Dick's ball drop and his voice. He is in a better place I am sure.
Dick Clark was a dick.
I grew up watching his specials, and out of loyalty kept watching pre-and post-stroke. Every NYE I put on ABC. Every NYE.
The man was a legend of entertainment and he will be missed. RIP