Dick Clark died Wednesday at 82. Thanks to a career that spanned decades, his name conjures up different memories for everyone who's mourning him today. Here are some classic Dick Clark clips.
Every year, on Dec. 31, Clark helped us hope that the year to come would be the best ever. Here's a medley of Clark -- and quite a few others -- making that famous countdown, starting with 1976. Fashions and focus change over the years, but the hope endures.
Appearing on "This Is Your Life"
Clark was just 30 when he appeared on "This Is Your Life" in 1959. He was introduced as someone who spoke for the "wholesome majority of America's teenagers." Clark's family and friends remembered his early days, with Clark's father recalling the death of Clark's older brother in World War II.
Bloopers from "The $25,000 Pyramid"
Clark may have been eternally youthful, but he sometimes forgot what year it was. The host was always the first to laugh at himself.
Jackson 5 on "American Bandstand"
Who didn't appear on "American Bandstand"? In 1969, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 performed "ABC," with Clark introducing them. Michael Jackson had stage presence even then, and Clark knew it.
Introducing Blue Cheer on "American Bandstand"
Band member Dickie Peterson later said in an interview that he and the band's manager were smoking hashish in the dressing room of the show when Clark walked in, saw them, and said, "People like you give rock 'n' roll a bad name." Yet on camera, Clark was totally professional.