Former 'Bandstand' Dancer Pays Tribute To Dick Clark
I had the great pleasure of working for Dick Clark Productions in the 80's; prior to that I was a dancer on American Bandstand on 8 episodes. I worked on all the great shows: New Year's Rockin Eve; Bloopers/Practical Jokes; American Music Awards; Country Music Awards to name a few. Dick and his generous, kind wife Kari hold a special place in my heart. My son was conceived while I worked for them and I cherish their baby gift: a Tiffany's engraved silver infant set with a special card from Dick and Kari. He was an amazing human being; I learned a great deal about the biz and went on to work for a major motion picture studio. Many years later, when I had my own radio show, I fondly remember every TUES at dc productions (Yes, lower case is correct!) when he taped all his recorded feeds for all the U.S. radio stations. Dick's office was like a shrine; EVERYONE who was ANYBODY graced the walls; Dick's awards, posters, memorabilia...everywhere! He was, is and will always be an icon!
Dick and Kari brought their 3 dogs to work each day from Malibu and the dogs enjoyed riding the elevators...just way too precious. It was wonderful place to work; to intern and to just have FUN! A fond memory: each department produced, wrote and starred in a clip segment for our annual Christmas party...hilarious! Poking fun at Dick and senior producers; at TV shows and/or celebs at the time, just plain goofiness! Three of us from our dept did a skit based on Charlie's Angels; Dick was supposed to be our 'off-camera' Charlie; our precious black co-worker (her idea!) donned a blond wig and was "Farrah"! :~) A great time was had by all!
Our offices had a home-like atmosphere and I was able to bring my baby girl (now a 28 yr old nurse at Duke Univ. Medical) to work on some occasions and my second child (age 26; now serving our U.S. Navy) was conceived while I worked for Dick as mentioned above. (That's another cute story!)
Our offices were across the street from NBC Studios in Burbank..yep across from Johnny Carson, the game shows, etc.! I went on to work in management and post production for a major motion picture studio for 12 years. After leaving corporate America and starting my own health and nutrition business; I continued to follow my old boss's work through the media and on NY Rockin' Eve. He will be truly missed!
I will remember all the fun, great times and skills that I learned from him, his wife and everyone at dc productions! I still remember his favorite candy bar, his birthday and his incredible voice. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kari, RAC, his entire family and all the Dick Clark staff!
May he rest in peace...and keep on ROCKIN'. God Bless you Dick!
Former (PROUD) dc'er and AB dancer,