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Oklahoma ties: Dick Clark dies at 82

‘American Bandstand' host also was known for New Year's Eve telecasts.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 18, 2012

Longtime “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Clark appeared at the State Fair of Oklahoma in 1969 and 1970, where he met with teen fans and signed autographs. He appeared at “Teen Town” at the fair. Most of the youngsters wanted to know what California was like, according to The Oklahoman story from 1970.

Clark, who also hosted the game show “Pyramid,” was a New Year's Eve fixture, hosting “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve” beginning in 1972.

Clark talked to The Oklahoman in 1984 about his work as a television host and producer.

“It certainly has its ups and downs,” he said. “And, you may not make a lot of money all the time. But you can count on this; TV is never dull.”

Oklahoma's Kristin Chenoweth reacted on Twitter to news of Clark's Wednesday morning death with the comment, “RIP Dick Clark.” Oklahoma-raised celebrity Olivia Munn also shared sympathies via Twitter. Both “Dick Clark” and “American Bandstand” became trending topics on the microblogging site on Wednesday afternoon.


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