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America’s oldest teenager Dick Clark dies
Those who knew who he was—and those who didn’t—tweeted and blogged their goodbyes.
Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand—and known as America’s oldest teenager—died Wednesday. He was 82. But on Twitter, dominated by people who grew up after Clark’s heyday, some people collectively scratched their heads, wondering who he really was.
No, he was not “the captain of the Titanic, a ship designed by Paul McCartney” as @daveweigel tweeted, making reference to an earlier story in which young people had no idea that the Titanic was a real ship.
But even some youngsters recognized Clark as the annual host of each “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Before that, he hosted the music show American Bandstand which, in the 1950s, was pretty much the only TV show dedicated to teenagers and the music they loved.
On April 17, the day before he died, Clark made headlines—and inspired multiple tweets—by putting his “rockin’ Flintstone home” in Southern California on the market for $3.5 million: a mansion that, from the outside, looks just like Fred and Wilma’s house.
But interest in his real estate transactions evaporated the second news of his passing hit the Internet. On Twitter, celebrities and non-celebs alike mourned his passing:
Of course, when any celebrity dies there are inevitably tweets from people swearing they never heard of said celebrity before:
This inevitably leads to additional tweets wondering when Buzzfeed will collect the aforementioned “Who the hell was that?” tweets and turn them into an article:
But the editors’ search didn’t take too long, as Buzzfeed soon tweeted its predicted story:
“SHOCKING: Lots Of People On Twitter Don’t Know Who Dick Clark Is.”
News of Clark’s death exploded on Tumblr as fast as it did on Twitter, though Tumble bloggersappeared more likely to mourn the news of his death, rather than explain why it’s the first time they ever heard of him.
But the attitude of most Americans – especially those whose New Year’s Eve rituals involved watching him lead the ritual dropping of the ball in Times Square—can be summarized in this particular tweet:
Jennifer Abel was an early contributor to the Daily Dot's web culture coverage. Her work has appeared in Mashable, Salon, Playboy, the Guardian, and elsewhere.