America’s Oldest Living Teenager…
… is no longer. Dick Clark passed away today, at age 82.
Yeah, I know. There is probably at least one generation out there saying, “Who’s Dick Clark?” (sigh) But to many of us, he was an institution. As long as I can remember, the man has been everywhere.
I don’t remember ever watching American Bandstand, although I was certainly aware of it. Clark began hosting it in 1956, I believe, and it went on, what, forever? Into the 80s? I do remember hearing his radio show, “Rock, Roll and Remember,” for a long time. And I definitely remember watching him on the game show Pyramid (started as $10,000 Pyramid and then the grand prize increased over the years). His standard sign-off was a salute to the camera and “This is Dick Clark… for now, so long.”
Oh, he also hosted a TV Bloopers show for a while. I loved those. And of course, there was his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve countdown show. Like I said, the man was everywhere.
When I heard the news this afternoon, I had a vague memory of hearing my father talk about DC, maybe 30-35 years ago? Anyway, he met with him for some showbiz reason, but I can’t remember what it was. For grins, he got me an autographed picture. I went digging through a drawer, and lo and behold:
I unearthed another fun memory while I was digging around in there. When I was 11 years old, Dad went to England for six months to write for Tom Jones’s variety show. While he was there, I wrote him letters, and one time I included a letter to Mr. Jones, saying how much I liked the show and asking for an autographed photo. Such a pre-adolescent crush I had on him!
Look what I found!
How cool is that? Sadly, that picture he sent is long gone; it went missing years ago. But it’s still fun to have the letter.
OK, lest I get in weepy nostalgia mode, change of subject. Some are asking if I got my new phone yet. That was briefly delayed. I went to Verizon yesterday, all ready to buy, but I was derailed from the getgo. First, the saleperson I’d spoken to at length on Friday wasn’t there, and I had to start all over again with someone new, who felt the need to give me a lot of spiel about alternative products. He went in a completely different direction — suggested that I stick to a regular cell phone and get a tablet instead. I don’t want a freaking tablet! When I finally convinced him that I’d made up my mind, he did spend several minutes with me, demonstrating the phone and some of the features. Then it was time to buy… and they were out of stock on the phone. @#$%!
He ordered it and it should be FedExed to me tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Damn. Nothing about spanking in this post, is there. Well, just to stay topical — for those of you who enjoy the facial-expression photos, here’s a fun screen grab from one of the Spanking Court clips, which I found on The Spanking Spot. Quite authentic too, I can assure you!
One more week until BBW. My nervous breakdown is due any minute.
So long, Dick Clark.