His real name was Richard Wagstaff Clark, and he began his career in the mailroom of a radio station being operated by his father and uncle.  It wasn't long before bigger gigs came a calling, and in 1952, "Dick Clark's Caravan of Music" hit the airwaves on radio station WFIL in Philly.

In a cliche, the rest is history  --  "American Bandstand", "$25,000 Pyramid", "Bloopers and Practical Jokes", and the "New Year's Rockin' Eve".

Rest in peace my friend.  You will be deeply missed.