So long, Dick Clark

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TV show host and producer Dick Clark passed away today, and as news of his death spread a certain sadness moved with it through our office. Famously called “the world’s oldest teenager,” Clark got into the broadcasting industry in 1945 when he worked in the mailroom of the radio station WRUN. From there the entertainer broke into television, and went on to host American Bandstand on ABC and to form Dick Clark Productions, the production company behind such hit shows as The $25,000 Pyramid and The American Music Awards. Today Clark may be most familiar as the host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the end-of-year program it wouldn’t quite feel like New Year’s—at least not in my household—without. Clark’s health suffered over the last decade, and a stroke forced him to miss the 2004 broadcast of that show. He last appeared on the program in 2011. Ryan Seacrest, who co-hosted the show with Clark since 2006, released a statement today calling him “smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman.” Clark is survived by his wife Kari and three children. Plans for a public memorial have not been announced.