There is no way I could let this day end without dedicating a post to Dick Clark who died today from a heart attack at the age of 82. I was sitting in the living room with my mom and my uncle when I heard the news of his death. While it was definitely surreal to me, I could see that my mom and my uncle were taking the news even harder. After all, they were a part of the generation that led to the success of American Bandstand when it first started airing live from West Philadelphia in the 1950s on WFIL (now known as WPVI). As true Philadelphians, they often joked that the downfall of American Bandstand was its relocation to Hollywood. Still, the sight of Dick Clark on television on New Year’s Eve always led my mom and her siblings to recount a series of positive yet lengthy stories of their younger years that my cousins and I grew accustomed to hearing (and occasionally dreading). Now that he’s gone, New Year’s Eve will never be the same.