American Bandstand Remembered

American Bandstand Remembered

(Note to Readers: Usually The Rant has a more sober content, but today’s post will be a little light-hearted and reminiscent of days gone by.)

The year was 1958.  Those were the halcyon days of our youth.  Johnny Mathis was crooning, Elvis was swinging his hips, and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was the most-watched afterschool show on television.

My mom was a renegade.  She had to be the first in her neighborhood to have a TV, the first to have a hi-fi, and, of course, the first whose daughters would appear on American Bandstand!  So she set about getting her twin daughters to have their 15 minutes of fame.   On a cold November in 1958 my mom and dad drove us up to Philadelphia – a place I’d never been to – and dropped us off in front of the AB studios.  Of course, we were nervous.  Two naive girls, from a small West Virginia town, in the big city of Philadelphia!

Mom knew that to get on the show and be interviewed by Dick Clark, we needed to have a gimmick.  So mom, ever resourceful, had gone to The Greenbrier Hotel and went to the Spring House to fill up a jar (jelly jar, no less) of healing water.  The Greenbrier had been a place that the southern elite from Richmond and its environs came in the summer to “take the waters”.  Since 1778 The Greenbrier had been “healing” the infirm with its sulfur waters, so surely Dick Clark would want to have a jar of it. Right?  So, there we were – in Philadelphia, on American Bandstand, talking to Dick Clark!!  Giving him a jar of water!! OMG!  This was a BIG DEAL.  I don’t remember anything else that day but I’m sure when we got back home all our friends were envious. Our “15 minutes of fame” probably caused us to be a little more popular, at least for a while.

When I read that Dick Clark had passed away, my first thought was – oh, I forgot – we were on American Bandstand.  I need to tell this story.  Most of the younger crowd knew Dick Clark from New Years Rockin’ Eve, but my memories were from 54 years ago!  Dick Clark was transformational.  He was a visionary.  Those days of  the 1950s are gone – thank heavens!  But Dick Clark’s legacy will live on……

Thanks for subscribing to the RSS Feed! Let's connect on Facebook and Twitter.

One comment

  1. Larry /

    What a wonderful story! I really enjoyed this article, keep ‘em coming! I look forward to reading more of your work, especially in “The Rant”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Links:oakley sunglasses outletoakley sunglasses outletBeats By Drecheap beats by dreCheap Beats By Drecheap beats by drelouis vuitton outletlouis vuitton outletlouis vuitton outletray ban sunglasses outletcheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by drecheap beats by dreray ban sunglasses outletray ban sunglasses outletray ban sunglasses outletray ban sunglasses outletoakley sunglasses outletoakley sunglasses outletoakley sunglasses outletChristian louboutin outletChristian louboutin outletChristian louboutin outletChristian louboutin outletlouis vuitton outletlouis vuitton outlet
hermes belt
cheap ralph lauren polo shirts cheap ralph lauren polo polo ralph lauren factory store ralph lauren polo
Read previous post:
Make Your Phone Look Like Honeycomb For Tablet With Honeycomb 3D

You must have read one of our posts which talks about the Android Honeycomb OS which was primarily designed for...

Links:louis vuitton