Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dick Clark’s Ghost Story

Dick Clark first gained fame when ABC picked up his local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania dance party show, American Bandstand and aired it nationally beginning in 1957. This show was on for 32 years--ending in 1989.

Clark quickly became a powerful force in the music industry.

Dick Clark
If he played a song on his show it often became a hit. Better yet, if a singer or group performed on his show they became a success--in many instances overnight.

In later years, he became known to younger Americas because he hosted and produced a popular New Year’s show from New York. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve aired for 40 years, 1972 -2012.

Clark also hosted and produced various other shows including, a game show--25,000 Pyramid and TVs Bloopers and Practical Jokes.

Clark is fondly remembered for his “ageless looks and charming on-air personality.” He died at the age of 82 in 2012.

Dick Clark started his career in Philadelphia at WFIL when it was a radio station. It was during this time he had an experience he never forgot.

One morning at the station he ran into a co-worker in the hallway. He was surprised to see this man for he had been extremely ill recently. He stopped and talked to him for several minutes--asking him how he was doing--and then moved on to prepare for his 3:00 p.m. show.

Several days later, he ran into this co-workers’ son at a party. He stopped to talk and mentioned to this young man that he had been surprised to see his father back at work so soon.

The young man asked Clark when he had seen his father. Dick thought back and then gave him the exact date and time. The young man looked at him strangely.

“That can’t be. My Father was on the operating table at that time--11:00 a.m. His heart stopped around that time.”

Clark decided not to ague with the young man--he was shaken up. He knew he had seen this co-worker at 11:00 a.m. on the day he died.

After, he never doubted he had seen and talked to a ghost.

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