R.I.P. Dick Clark
If I'm being completely honest, I associate Dick Clark more with TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and the Pyramids of varying denominations more than I do with American Bandstand. I'm not ignorant of AB, nor of its legendary place in American pop culture, but I was never really into dance shows or Top 40. But regardless of all that, Dick Clark was a true American cultural icon for decades, and one I always enjoyed watching no matter what particular cathode rays he happened to be riding into my den. A heartfelt R.I.P. to the man who will always be America's oldest teenager, and a guy who was never afraid to let his dipthong dip in public.