Dick Clark died last week and I wasn’t going to write about him at all, but mixed feelings are in my head about this man and I’m going to try and sort them out here and get rid of this guilt I’m feeling. The thoughts in my head aren’t all nice.
First off, “American Bandstand:” Clark broke down racial barriers bringing black performers on the show. I’m sure he took some heat for it—we’re talking the 1960’s here—so he was in the forefront of tearing down those walls. I think that’s what he should go down in history for.
But he had a chain of restaurants built around his television show. He tried to make extra money off it and this turned me off. Sorry.
And yes, he should be considered a television legend mostly for “American Bandstand.” It was an original show. He was an “OK” host.
I considered his personality a bit fake. I’m sorry—he didn’t seem sincere to me.
I’m feeling a bit un American right now and the guilt is still there. Still, I will continue.
Yes, he always looked young. Maybe I’m jealous over this but I don’t think so.
Dick Clark hosted a game show. I just don’t care enough to look up which one. Maybe he created it too. I can’t get excited about it. I mean, I watched whatever he was hosting a few times. He was no Gene Rayburn from “Match Game.” Gene always seemed like he was having fun. Dick, not so much.
Remember that “Bloopers” show he did back in the 1980’s? I hated it.
“Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve?” I never rocked with him. I had other things to do. Like going to sleep.
He was a smart business man. He made millions for himself and employed many. He was probably a very decent guy and probably a good family man.
I’m sorry he passed away. I’m sorry for his family. I’m happy Dick Clark had a long life.
I won’t miss him on television. There, I said it.
Over the years, I’ve received a lot of hate mail (most of you know that) and I expect I’ll get some now. I’ll feel guilty as I read it.
(Photo found on Google)