They called him the eternal teenager.
His career has taken him from interviewing Jerry Lee Lewis in front of the teenage versions of the baby boomers to working with Lady Gaga.
"It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about." Dick Clark told the Associated Press.
It seems his ability to preserve that adolescent spirit in himself transcends.
Over the last 12 hours or so, as we see people talking over water coolers about the world’s oldest teenager and reminiscing about his work, inner teenagers everywhere are threatening a temporary bodily takeover - with plans to break out in dance.
"For now, Dick Clark, so long."
The teenager in all of us will miss you.
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To his family, friends and to all of us who loved him, may our spirits always be young.