LOS ANGELES (CBS SF/AP) – Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock `n’ roll virtually from its birth and, until his death Wednesday at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike.
“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With `American Bandstand,’ he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final `so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – which number far more than he knew.” – President Barack Obama.
Reaction to the death Wednesday of entertainment icon Dick Clark spread all over the internet through Facebook and San Francisco-based Twitter. Here, many celebrities shared their thoughts and memories, including many Bay Area notables:
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