Dick Clark Dies At Age 82

“America’s Oldest Teenager” died of a heart attack today at the age of 82. Probably like most of you, I spent more television time with Dick Clark than with just about anybody else you could think of.

From the pioneering song-and-dance series American Bandstand—the format of which is still being copied to this day—to his annual Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, the New York native was a fixture of the entertainment scene. Since he first heralded the dropping of the ball in Times Square for ABC in 1972, Clark missed hosting his New Year’s Eve show exactly once: He took the night off in 2004 after suffering a stroke earlier in the month, but was back on the air in 2005 along with cohost and ultimate successor Ryan Seacrest.