A Beat You Can Dance To: Making Music History with Dick Clark [INFOGRAPHIC]
It’s hard for me to think of New Year’s Eve without thinking of Dick Clark. For years, I joined him for my New Year’s celebrations, him in New York City’s Times Square and me in Southern California glued to the television countdown. But Dick was also known for so much more. Today I’m excited to honor some of his career milestones in this infographic, presented in an appropriate Top Ten Countdown format.
From his early radio days in Philadelphia, Dick grew to a man of influence in the entertainment industry. While I knew he was involved with several TV shows, such as “American Bandstand,” “The $10,000 Pyramid” and the “American Music Awards,” I didn’t realize how many other shows he created and produced. His production company was responsible for “TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes,” the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and the “Golden Globe Awards,” among other shows, specials and movies.
Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994, Dick initially kept his situation private. It wasn’t until 2004 that he publicly disclosed his condition when he elected to serve as a spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, bringing awareness to its “Diabetes: Know the Heart Part” public education campaign. As a part of the campaign, Dick shared his experiences of living with diabetes and the risk for heart disease. He advocated for Americans living with diabetes to talk with their healthcare provider in order to try and manage their risk of heart disease.
In reading about all of his accomplishments, I was rather impressed by how he was able to recognize trends and new opportunities, and the passion with which he pursued them. He was able to stay relevant in a constantly changing industry, across audiences of all ages. I also have great respect for his decision to share his diabetes story so others could learn from his experience. I hope you find inspiration from his efforts as well.
Happy New Year!