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LLOYD OMDAHL: North Dakota interns do well in Washington

April 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Bill Scouton knew Kari Wigton before Dick Clark even knew Kari existed. So who is Bill Scouton, and who is Kari Wigton? Continue Reading

Dancing with a star

April 26, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Before he was the iconic host of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Dick Clark was just a guy hanging out with kids who loved to dance to rock ‘n’ roll in Philadelphia.
One of those kids was 14-year-old MaryAnn Cuff. Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: Remembering ‘America’s oldest teenager’

April 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In the spring of 1964, I joined my two older sisters in watching “American Bandstand” on Saturdays. The Beatles’ popularity was one reason. My second, more-important motive was to learn the “twist,” the dance craze of that time. The show did more than provide dance lessons. It also opened our narrow world to rock and roll. Many adults hated rock and roll, some even considering it the work of the devil. That, naturally, made rock and roll even more desirable to the young. But wholesome “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark eventually made it more palatable to parents. Continue Reading

Grand Forks teacher recalls when Dick Clark picked her as ‘Miss Photogenic’

April 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Meeting someone famous and admired can be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime moment. But for Grand Forks teacher Sandy Espe, her teenage encounter with entertainment icon Dick Clark was life-changing. In 1980, Clark picked Espe’s photo as Miss Photogenic from the nine contestants in the Miss Buffalo (N.D.) contest. For Espe who’d grown up with a front tooth discolored from a childhood mishap on the monkey bars and who wore glasses she describes as “Coke bottle lenses” it was an amazing moment of affirmation. Continue Reading

Dick Clark signing off: New Year’s host dies at 82

April 18, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year’s Eve countdown from Times Square, has died. He was 82. Continue Reading