Tonight as we returned from visiting Edna, we heard the news of the passing of Dick Clark. My first memories of Dick Clark were every afternoon in our home. Of course he was on the TV along with all the regulars on American Bandstand. We young Texans knew the names of all the regulars that lived half a continent away in Philly. The only regular's name I remember is Pat. She was probably my favorite. She had her appendix removed and was off the show for many days, possibly three weeks. Every surgery was major in the 50's!
|Me, circa 1959|
And Bandstand's "Rate a Record" segment was the origin of the wonderful phrase, "It has a good beat and you can dance to it". I was definitely a child of the 50's and 60's. American Bandstand and Dick Clark were an influential part of my tween and teen years. Maybe it is not so bad to have the quite in the present to reflect on past times and dream of future times. To take a few moments to be thankful for that young man in Philadelphia that knew how to market rock and roll.
But just for tonight while Gene is quietly watching the Cardinal game with the sound on TV and with earphones on listening to them on the radio and surfing the net, I may just bring up a song on this computer and do a little strolling! After all for those of you that know the Bandstand theme song and how it ended, Bandstand, Bandstand! May the American Bandstand spirit never end.