Many people may ask, “What exactly did Dick Clark do?” The answer to that question is what didn’t Dick Clark do?
“America’s oldest teenager,” as Clark was known due to his youthful appearance, was a television host for shows such as the game shows: Pyramid, The Object is, and Missing Link, among others with various season lengths, and television programs: The Dick Clark Show, New Years’ Rockin’ Eve, Dick Clark’s World of Talent.
He was also a radio personality for WFIL located in Drexel Hill, Pa. where he took on the show American Bandstand and interviewed Elvis Presley. He also hosted a radio show called The Dick Clark Show, not to be mistaken for his television show of the same title, with Mars Broadcasting in Stamford, Conn.
In the entertainment realm, Clark owned numerous restaurants: “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill”, “Dick Clark’s AB Grill”, “Dick Clark’s Bandstand — Food, Spirits & Fun” and “Dick Clark’s AB Diner.”
He also owned “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater” which opened in 2006, and a theater and restaurant he called “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Music Complex,” which was opened near Dolly Parton’s amusement park Dollyworld.
Clark was a business man serving as chief executive officer and chairman of Dick Clark Productions. He had three children named Richard, Duane, and Cindy, and was married to Kari Wigton at the time of his death.
With a great man comes his catchphrase, “For now, Dick Clark…so long.”