Dick Clark, who was best known for hosting the long-running, classical musical variety show, "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," died yesterday, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Los Angeles, reportedly after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 82 years old. This IMDb news item has the details about Clark's life (such as that he had one older brother who was killed during World War II).
My mother was a huge fan of Bandstand when she was a teenager. Before her family had a TV set at home, she would go to her cousin's house to watch. She told me that she would be stomping through the living room, as she danced to the music. As I child, I made a point to watch the show every Saturday morning. I remember seeing Prince, who made his television debut on Bandstand.
Thanks for the memories and rest in peace, Mr. Clark.