Although I had my Early American Bandstand Tribute starting in 2004, I never told Dick Clark about it until I sent him a birthday card in November 2009. On December 1, 2009, he sent me this letter and I have to say that I am so proud of it.

I've heard it said that Dick Clark off camera was a man of few words, and this letter is brief...but it says more in a short space than many can say in pages. I didn't know what he would think of my website but my only hope was that he would be pleased. I was a bit embarrassed and intrepid to let him know of it, but I am so glad I did and I am especially glad that I have this letter.

I was told that when Dick Clark went to my website, the page that he was the most struck by was the Memorial page. I understand he commented that he had no idea so many had passed away. He knew of just a few and he said that any information about the Philly Regulars he mainly got from singer Freddie Cannon.

I never got to meet Dick Clark, but I wish I had. I admired him from a distance since I was a teenager in the 1950s and started watching the show faithfully in the years 1957, 1958, 1959. Starting in 1960 and through 1961, I watched less and less due to my school activities and a family move, etc. In 1962, 1963, and 1964 Philly years, I didn't watch at all, so my tribute has mainly stuck to the years I know so well and will never forget. I thank this wonderful man for the memories and I will never forget him. I send my deepest condolences to the family.

The only portion of the letter that I removed was my home address under my name near bottom left; it is otherwise intact and exactly as sent to me.

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Marsha, Thank you for sharing such a lovely letter and tribute to your site from Dick Clark. Your AB site is the BEST!! And know we know Mr. Clark thought so as well.