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细数近些年来,中国留学生在美遇害的案件,每一桩都留下了惨痛的教训~~~~~~~~愿逝者安息,愿生者坚强!!!

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

来源: 沈黎的日志

这一个月,对于留学美国的中国学生来说,是黑暗的日子,美国南加州大学中国留学生案还没有在人们的视线中淡忘,2012年4月18日凌晨,南加大校园再次传来枪声。http://share.renren.com/share/264924506/12679234656

我们的声音:2012年4月11日南加州大学枪击案:“中国的家长,请接受来自美国的道歉~~~~~~”

 

 

同时,也有人人网友爆料说:4月20日凌晨,波士顿大学的周围也传来枪声,据证实,有人被枪杀。

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远离祖国,异国他乡的独自生活的日子,连最基本的人生安全都无法保证,让人非常痛心。网上一搜,有如此遭遇的留学生不在少数,罗列一下近些年来,那些在美遇害的中国留学生们!

愿逝者安息,愿生者坚强!!
波士顿大学学生遇害

美当地时间2012年4月20日凌晨,波士顿大学一个研究生被枪杀。

 

南加州大学两名枪击案

2012年4月18日,南加大校园附近凌晨响枪声,一名持枪抢劫犯对四名学生当街行抢,所幸被迅速赶来救援的校警成功拦截并击中腿部。这也是南加大继上周两名中国留学生遇害之后一周内连续发生的枪击案。不少学生深为自身安全和学校声誉担忧。

 

南加州大学两名中国留学生遇害

2012年4月11日凌晨,美国南加州大学附近发生枪击事件,两名在南加大就读的中国留学生不幸遇难。南加大公共安全部负责人戴维·卡莱尔对人民网记者表示,枪击事件发生在11日凌晨1时许,两名遇害的中国留学生为一男一女,均生于1988年,在南加大工程学院修读电子工程专业。当时,遇害男生驾驶汽车护送女生回到这名女生租住的房屋外,两人将车临时停在路旁交谈,枪手从车外向车内开枪,两人都中了枪。男生在中枪后跑出车外,到女生租住的房屋外敲门求助,但因体力不支倒在了门外,当时房屋内还有一名女性房客。

肯塔基大学张栋杀人案

美国当地时间2004年5月31日,美国肯塔基大学药学院24岁博士生张栋,在芝加哥一套公寓里勒死了刚硕士毕业的24岁女友顾妍。他将尸体用轿车运至数百公里外掩埋,并报案称女友失踪,很快被警察怀疑并拘捕。张栋在开庭前,于看守所内自缢身亡。

美路易斯安那大学罗海明杀人案

美2004年4月份,美国路易斯安那大学拉菲耶分校25岁中国留学生罗海明,在宿舍内残酷杀害了女同学陈婷,连刺100多刀后逃逸。当地时间5月16日下午,罗海明被纽约警方抓获。2006年3月14日,他被判处40年监禁。

美国弗吉尼亚理工大学朱海洋杀人案

美当地时间2009年1月21日晚,美国弗吉尼亚理工大学研究生生活中心一家餐厅内发生一起凶杀事件。被害女学生杨欣22岁,当月8日刚从北京抵达弗吉尼亚学会计专业。凶手是来自宁波的25岁留学生朱海洋,正在同校攻读农业和应用经济博士学位。他因求爱不遂,持刀杀死杨欣。次年4月19日,朱海洋被裁定一级谋杀罪名成立,被判处终身监禁。

 

卢刚杀人案

1991年11月1 日,1991年11月1 日,卢刚在留下遗书后携带枪支前往物理楼,将其长期怀恨的目标一一射杀。系主任、两名教授以及同学山林华当场身亡,另有一秘书遭射击后终身残疾。卢刚在制造了这起血案后也自杀身亡。这件当时轰动一时的案件虽然已过去了十多年,但仍不断被人在各种场合提起。究其原因,当然一是因为这是中国学生迄今在美所制造的最大血案;但更重要的是它是人们在谈论诸如留学生压力、同胞相残或教育体制失败等各种话题时最好的佐证。事件的大致经过是:爱荷华大学物理系的中国留学生卢刚因为长期与导师不和,并嫉妒另一名中国留学生山林华,最终走向了报复杀人的极端。

 

尹湛杀人案

尹湛是美国普渡大学生物系的博士生。2001年8 月2日,尹湛将两名韩国姐妹留学生杀死在她们的住所中,随后逃逸,四天之后,尹湛在尼亚加拉瀑布的美国一侧被捕。据尹湛后称,他是因为骑车时差点被一辆汽车撞上,因此被激怒,从而尾随车主吴咏琼至家中将其杀害以泄愤;不巧由于车主的姐姐吴后琼也正好回家,于是尹湛一不做二不休,将她也一起杀害。值得一提的事,吴后琼恰好和尹湛是在同一实验室工作的,因此上述巧合让很多人猜测另有别情。 2002年6月28日,美国印第安那州高等法院以故意杀人罪判处尹湛终身监禁,不得假释。这个凶手好像狱中自杀了?

 

 尹清强盗窃案

尹清强是美国名校康乃尔大学的访问学者,2002年7月28日,尹清强一家三口准备从纽约州锡拉丘兹国际机场启程回国。但在机场的安全检查中被发觉携带一百多瓶不明的生物试剂,遭到拘留。警方联系康乃尔大学后被告知,这些材料是康乃尔大学的财产,尹清强未经许可将其带走,属盗窃行为。当地警方随即将尹清强逮捕。联邦政府后来以盗窃政府财产和向FBI说谎两项罪名起诉尹清强。这件是由于涉及知识产权、公共安全等诸方面而受到很多媒体的关注。不少媒体在报导中也都提到了尹清强的华裔老板雷新根,指他们长期关系不和,使得雷新根最后解雇了尹清强,并在尹清强被捕后落井下石。2003年6月11日,尹清强被美国法院判处一年零一天的有期徒刑。

 

程瑶放射元素案

此案由于美国最大报纸纽约时报的报导而备受关注,但案情过程扑朔迷离,恐怕除了当事人之外,谁也不清楚事实真相。程瑶是哥伦比亚大学生物系的博士生,其丈夫刘磊则在同一大学的电脑系就读。2000年2月8日,程瑶在其丈夫的枕头上发现大量放射元素磷-32,于是向警方报案。哥伦比亚大学经过调查,认为除了程瑶以外,没有任何人可能涉嫌这次核泄漏,并认为程瑶自导自演泄漏事件以达某种目的,于3月1日作出开除程瑶的学籍的决定。程瑶不服,于 3月中旬向哥大校长提出申诉,哥伦比亚大学中国学生学者联谊会也向哥大校方送去了100多人连署的请愿信,并在校图书馆门前组织了抗议示威。7月5日,哥伦比亚大学终于同意撤销原决定,准许程瑶复学,值得注意的是:哥伦比亚大学并没有声明程瑶无错,也没有承认调查不当。

 

贺绍强连环案

贺绍强是孟菲斯大学经济系的博士生,齐晓军则是同校商学院的本科生。1998年10月,齐晓军控告贺绍强在教室里对他进行了性侵犯。而贺绍强坚称自己无辜。由于双方拒绝庭外和解,以及缺乏证据等缘故,此案一直打了四年多。2003年2月21日,孟菲斯一陪审团一致裁定齐晓军对贺绍强的性侵犯指控不成立,法官随后宣判贺绍强无罪。案件二则是贺梅监护权案。在性侵犯案审理期间,贺绍强与妻子罗秦的第一个孩子贺梅出生。由于官司产生,夫妻通过领养机构,将孩子暂时交给当地的一对白人夫妇看护。但贝克夫妇不久就与罗氏夫妇产生争执,以至最后上诉法院,要求法院取消罗氏夫妇的监护权,理由是遗弃。而且贝克夫妇认为,他们已和贺梅建立家庭感情,认为贺梅在美国能生活得更好。2000年4月3日,贺绍强夫妇首次向孟菲斯法院提起诉讼,要求贝克夫妇交还女儿。

 

陈长青夫妇遇害案

陈长青是美国奥本大学纺织工程系博士生,其妻吴一是同一大学电机工程系的硕士生。2000年5月29日,夫妻双双在公寓内被人砍死,由于夫妻为人友善,与外界并无纠葛,且凶案现 场没有东西丢失,因此很难判断作案动机。有报导说,嫌犯是两名黑人,但迄今凶手仍逍遥法外。

 

杨建清夫妇遇害案

2001 年11月3日,美国亚利桑纳大学化学系博士学生杨建青与妻子陈玉云在家中被人身砍数刀,双双遇害,其女儿则侥幸生还。当地警方经过调查,认为当地一名中国厨师周文石有重大嫌疑,在确认其已潜回中国后,通知了中国警方。中国警方随即发出 B级通缉令,于12月12日在广西北海将周文石擒获。很多媒体将杀人动机归咎于陈玉云与周文石之间的奸情和金钱纠纷,但难考真伪。

 

胡璐遇害案

胡璐是休士顿大学商业会计系的学生。1999年10月24日凌晨,胡璐在打工回家途中,遭遇抢劫,被子弹击中头部当场身亡。11月18日,休士顿警方抓获了此案的嫌犯罗素。2000年6月16日,当地的刑事法庭宣判罗素终身监禁,刑期未满四十年不能假释。

 

王莉莉遇害案

王莉莉是北卡州立大学电脑系的研究生。2002年10月12日,王莉莉在校园内的网球场上被同系的一美国学生枪杀,此学生随即也自杀身亡。此人曾经留下一张便条,大致说:他已经迷恋上了一个比她小的女同学,他决定就此结束两个人的生命。凶手是一个特别古怪的4、50岁的白人,花白的头发和胡子,永远坐在第一排,上课总问特别多的问题,要知道这是研究生的课,有这么高龄的人已经很奇怪了。至于便条,印象中不是这样的,而是受害人拒绝了他。不过究竟是什么可能也不重要

 

马宁黑客案

马宁是密歇根大学金融工程系的硕士生。2003年7月30日,在密歇根州首府兰辛被捕。据称,马宁从2002年8月起,多次非法登录其他人的电子信箱和网路私人贮存区域,他还使用一种软体来盗取别人的用户名和密码。据悉,马宁已遭到16项犯罪指控,其中包括非法登录一台电脑、电脑系统和网路、4项偷听罪、 1项非法拥有一部偷听装置及使用电脑进行非法活动

 

张栋杀人案

2004 年,肯塔基大学药学院博士candidate,原北大学生张栋,将其在东肯塔基大学刚刚硕士毕业的女友顾妍,掐死在顾妍去芝加哥找工作返回肯塔基的路上,并抛尸高速公路边的玉米地。张栋报案女友失踪,并上MITBBS哭诉女友失踪咋办, 很快被警察怀疑并拘捕。张栋在开庭前,于看守所内自缢。此案是非曲直,众说纷纭,构成了2004年暑期轰动一时的杀人自杀大案。

 

 

拉法叶路易斯安那大学学生罗海明杀人案

美国当地时间3月14日,延续近两年的“中国女留学生陈婷遇害案”终于画上了句号。当天,法院判处上海留学生、原美国拉法叶路易斯安那大学学生罗海明40年监禁。

王晨光被劫杀案

王晨光博士于一九九八年七月七日晚十一时左右,在回家途中遭抢劫而被杀害。消息传来,底特律地区的华人无不为之震惊,悲痛。社会存在罪恶,抢劫与谋杀经常发生。我们每一个人都有遭到袭击的可能。再想想受害者的家属,一个美好的家庭,一瞬间失去了支柱,横遭灭顶之灾。谁能承受这样的痛苦?我们谴责罪恶,但目前先要做的是帮助家属度过难关。

 

朱海洋杀人案

美国东部时间2009年21日19时06分,凶杀事件发生在这所学校研究生生活中心一层的一家餐厅内。当时餐厅里除朱、杨两人,还有7人。现场一些目击者的证词显示,朱海洋和杨欣当时同在餐厅中喝咖啡,事先没有发生口角,但朱突然持刀袭击杨,造成后者当场死亡。警方于19时10分赶到现场,当场抓获了犯罪嫌疑人。受害人已无生命迹象。警方还在现场发现了凶器,是一把厨房使用的刀具。在2009年12月21日举行的听证会上,被控一级谋杀罪名的前弗吉尼亚理工学院中国籍学生朱海洋21认罪,他将面临最高终身监禁的刑罚。

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Amazing Mystery Photographer Comes To Fame After Her Death

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Via http://www.buzzfeed.com

An incredible story. Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in Chicago for most of her life and passed away in 2009 at the age of 83. Little more is known about her, except that she was an avid street photographer. Her work was discovered at an auction in 2007, more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped rolls of film, sold by a storage facility who were cleaning out her locker for delinquent rent. Here is a small sampling of Vivian Maier’s stunning work from the Maloof Collection, spanning from the 1950s to the 1970s. Many of the photos, if they had any information at all, only provided a year and/or city.

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    Fall, 1953

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    1953, New York, NY

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Undated, New York, NY

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    Christmas Eve of 1953, 78th St & 3rd Ave. New York, NY

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    January, 1953, New York, NY

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    April 30, 1955, New York, NY

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    August 11, 1954, New York, NY

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    May 16, 1957

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    January, 1956, Chicago, IL

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    August 22, 1956

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    Undated, Chicago, IL

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    Untitled, October 14, 1968, Chicago, IL

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    Undated, Chicago, IL

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    January 9, 1957, Florida

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    August, 1958, Churchill, Canada

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    August 11, 1959, Digne, France

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    March 31, 1957

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    Undated, Vancouver, Canada

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    Untitled, 1956

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    August, 1975

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    October, 1978

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    August, 1975

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    Untitled, Self Portrait

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    October 18, 1953, New York, NY

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    Untitled, Self Portrait

States of punishment

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Graphic detail

via States of punishment.

Mapping the death penalty in America

FROM 2000 to 2011 there were, on average, five death-row exonerations a year in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre. North Carolina alone saw three exonerations in six months in 2008. The following year the state legislature passed the Racial Justice Act, which gives death-row inmates the chance to commute their sentences to life without parole if a judge rules the sentences were tainted by racial bias. (More than half of North Carolina’s death-row inmates are black.) The first ruling will be issued on April 20th, a decision that could set a precedent for other challenges based on race. Indeed the ripples could be felt across the country, especially in Pennsylvania and Missouri, where similar legislation is pending. Other states are reconsidering capital punishment altogether. In November voters in California, which has more people on death row than any other state, will vote on whether to repeal the death penalty. And Connecticut, where a repeal bill was recently passed, is set to become the 17th state to abolish capital punishment.

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Dick Clark

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment
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FILE PHOTOS: Dick Clark and Gladys Knight at the Daytime Emmys in New York City, New York in 1994. Dick Clark passed away on April 18 2012 at the age of 82.

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For other people named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation).
Dick Clark

Dick Clark in 1961
Born Richard Wagstaff Clark
November 30, 1929
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Died April 18, 2012 (aged 82)[1]
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Other names The World’s Oldest Teenager (nickname)
Alma mater Syracuse University
Occupation Businessman
Game show host
Radio/television personality
Years active 1945–2012
Spouse Barbara Mallery
(m. 1952–1961; divorced)
Loretta Martin
(m. 1962–1971; divorced)
Kari Wigton
(1977–2012, his death)
Children Richard A. Clark II
Duane Clark
Cindy Clark
Website
www.dickclarkonline.com

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark[2] (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, best known for hosting American television’s longest-running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game showPyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square‘s New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide.

As host of American Bandstand, with his strong communication skills, he was a “primary force in legitimizing rock ‘n roll,” not only to teenagers, but also to America’s adult population. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina TurnerSmokey Robinson and the MiraclesStevie Wonder, the Talking Heads, and Simon & Garfunkel. His shows were among the first where blacks and whites performed on the same stage and the live audience seating was desegregated. Singer Paul Anka claims that his show was responsible for creating a “youth culture,” and due to his youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager”.[3]

As a successful businessperson,[3] he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, part of which he sold late in his life. He also founded the American Bandstand Diner, a restaurant chain modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. Beginning in 1973, he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show, similar to the Grammy Awards.

Clark suffered a massive stroke in December 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show through the 2011/2012 show. Clark died on April 18, 2012, after suffering a heart attack following a medical procedure.[4]

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Early life

Clark was born in Bronxville, New York, and was raised in nearby Mount Vernon,[5] the son of Julia Fuller (née Barnard) Clark and Richard Augustus Clark. His only sibling, older brother Bradley, was killed in World War II.

Clark attended A.B. Davis High School (now A.B. Davis Middle School) in Mount Vernon, where he was an average student.[6] At age 10, Clark decided to pursue a career in radio.[6] In pursuit of that goal, he attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising and a minor in radio.[6] While at Syracuse, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi Gamma).[7]

Career

Radio and television

After graduating from high school in 1947, Clark started in the mailroom at WRUN, an AM radio station in Rome, NY, that was owned by his uncle and managed by his father in Rome. Almost immediately, he was asked to fill in for the vacationing weatherman, and within a few months he was announcing station breaks.[6]

While attending Syracuse, Clark worked at WOLF-AM, then a country music station. After graduation, he returned to WRUN for a short time where he went by the name Dick Clay.[6]After that, Clark got a job at the television station WKTV in Utica, NY.[6] His first television-hosting job was on Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders, a country-music program. He would later replace Robert Earle (who would later host the GE College Bowl) as a newscaster.[8]

Clark was principal in pro broadcasters operator of 1440 KPRO in Riverside, California, from 1962 to 1982. In the 1960s, he was owner of KGUD AM/FM (later KTYD AM/FM) in Santa Barbara, California.[citation needed]

American Bandstand

Main article: American Bandstand

Clark with audience during 1957 show

In 1952, Clark moved to Philadelphia suburb Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, where he took a job as a disc jockey at radio station WFIL, adopting the Dick Clark handle.[9] WFIL had an affiliated television station (now WPVI) with the same call sign which began broadcasting a show calledBob Horn’s Bandstand in 1952. Clark was responsible for a similar program on the company’s radio station, and served as a regular substitute host when Horn went on vacation.[6] In 1956, Horn was arrested for drunk driving and subsequently dismissed.[6] On July 9, 1956, Clark became the show’s permanent host.[6]

Bandstand was picked up by the ABC television network, renamed American Bandstand, and debuted nationally on August 5, 1957 with a Clark interview of Elvis Presley.[10] The show took off, due both to Clark’s natural rapport with the live teenage audience and dancing participants and the non-threatening image he projected to television audiences, including many parents being introduced to rock and roll music. According to Hollywood producer Michael Uslan, “he was able to use his unparalleled communication skills to present rock ‘n roll in a way that was palatable to parents.”[11] In 1958, the show was added ABC’s Saturday night line up.[6] By the end of year, viewership exceeded 20 million, and featured artists were “virtually guaranteed” large sales boosts after appearing.[6]

Clark backstage at the 1990 Grammy Awards

In the 1960s, the show’s emphasis changed from merely playing records to including live performers. During this period, many of the leading rock groups of the 1960s had their first exposure to nationwide audiences. A few of the many artists introduced wereIke and Tina TurnerSmokey Robinson and the MiraclesStevie Wonder, the Talking Heads and Simon and Garfunkel, who were then called “Tom and Jerry.”[12]

Clark moved the show from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964.[6] The move was related to the popularity of new “surf” groups based in Southern California, including The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. The show ran daily Monday through Friday until 1963, then weekly on Saturdays until 1987.Bandstand was briefly revived in 1989, with Clark again serving as host. By the time of its cancellation, the show had become longest running variety show in TV history.[6]

In 2002, many of the groups he introduced appeared at the 50th anniversary special to celebrate “American Bandstand.”[13] Clark noted during the special that American Bandstand was listed in the Guiness Book of Records as “the longest running variety show in TV history.” In 2010, American Bandstand and Clark himself were honored at the Daytime Emmy Awards.[14] Hank Ballard, who wrote “The Twist,” described Clark’s popularity during the early years of American Bandstand:

The man was big. He was the biggest thing in America at that time. He was bigger than the president![15]

As a result of Clark’s work on Bandstand,journalist Ann Oldenburg states “he deserves credit for doing something bigger than just putting on a show.”[15] Los Angeles Times writer, Geoff Boucher, goes further, stating that “with the exception of Elvis Presley, Clark was considered by many to be the person most responsible for the bonfire spread of rock ‘n roll across the country in the late 1950s,” making Clark a “household name.”[11] He became a “primary force in legitimizing rock ‘n’ roll,” adds Uslan. Clark, however, simplified his contribution:

I played records, the kids danced, and America watched.[16]

The show was credited with introducing numerous artists to national audiences, including Jerry Lee LewisBuddy Holly and Chubby Checker.[17] Shortly after taking over, Clark also ended the show’s all-white policy by featuring black artists such as Chuck Berry. In time blacks and whites performed on the same stage and studio seating was desegregated.[12]During the late 1950s and 1960s, Clark produced and hosted a series of concert tours around the success of American Bandstand, which by 1959 had a national audience of 20 million.[15] However, Clark was unable to get the Beatles to appear when they came to America.[11]

The reason for Clark’s impact on popular culture was partly explained by Paul Anka, a singer who appeared on the show early in his career: “This was a time when there was no youth culture — he created it. And the impact of the show on people was enormous.”[18]

In 1959, the United States Senate investigated payola, the practice of music-producing companies paying broadcasting companies to favor their product. As a result of Clark’s personal investments in music publishing and recording companies, his investments were considered a conflict of interest, and he sold his shares in those companies.[19] Clark denied any involvement in “payola” and was not charged with any illegal activities.

Game show host

Main article: Pyramid (game show)

In 1963, Clark branched out into hosting game shows, presiding over The Object Is.[20] The show was cancelled in 1964, and replaced by Missing Links, which had moved from NBC. Clark took over as host, replacing Ed McMahon.[20]

Dick Clark as host of The $10,000 Pyramid

Clark became the first host of The $10,000 Pyramid, which premiered on CBS March 26, 1973.[21] The show — a word association game created and produced by daytime television producer Bob Stewart — moved to ABC in 1974. Over the coming years, the top prize changed several times (and with it the name of the show), and several prime time spin-offs were created.[21] Clark continued to host the day time version through most of its history, winning three Emmy Awards for best game show host.[22] In total, Pyramid won nine Emmy Awards for best game show during his run, a mark that is eclipsed only by the twelve won by the syndicated version of Jeopardy!.[23] Clark retired from the program in 1988.

Clark subsequently returned to Pyramid as a guest in later incarnations. During the premiere of the John Davidson version in 1991, Clark sent a pre-recorded message wishing Davidson well in hosting the show. In 2002, Clark played as a celebrity guest for three days on the Donny Osmond version. Earlier, he was also a guest during the Bill Cullen version of The $25,000 Pyramid which aired simultaneously with Clark’s daytime version of the show.

Entertainment Weekly credited Clark’s “quietly commanding presence” as a major factor in the game show’s success.[21]

In 1990 and 1991, he hosted the syndicated television game show The Challengers, which only lasted for one season. In 1993, he hostedScattergories. In 1999, along with Bob Boden, he was one of the executive producers of Fox‘s TV game show Greed, which ran from November 5, 1999, to July 14, 2000, and was hosted by Chuck Woolery. At the same time, Clark also hosted the Stone-Stanley-created Winning Lines, which ran for six weeks on CBS from January 8, 2000 – February 12, 2000.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

In 1972, Clark produced and hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the first of an ongoing series of specials still broadcast on New Year’s Eve.[24] The program has typically consisted of live remotes of Clark in Times Square in New York City, counting down until the New Year ball comes down. After the ball drops, the focus of the program switches to musical segments taped prior to the show in HollywoodCalifornia. The special is live in the Eastern Time Zone, and it is delayed for the other time zones so that they can ring in the New Year with Clark when midnight strikes in their area.

ABC has broadcast the event on every New Year’s Eve since 1972 except in 1999 when it was preempted for ABC 2000 Today, news coverage of the milestone year hosted by Peter Jennings. However, during that broadcast, Clark, along with ABC News correspondent Jack Ford, announced his signature countdown to the new year. He was a correspondent, according to the transcript of the broadcast released by ABC News.[25] Ford had been assigned to Times Square during the broadcast, and thus, Clark’s role was limited. Nevertheless, he won a Peabody Award for his coverage.

Clark was unable to host the 2004/05 edition of the show, as he was recovering from his stroke; Regis Philbin substituted as host.[23] Having not been seen in public since his stroke, Clark announced in an August 2005 statement that he would be back in Times Square for the annual tradition, bringing on Hilary Duff and Ryan Seacrest as co-hosts. In the same press release, it was announced that Seacrest would eventually take over as the sole host should Clark decide to retire, or be unable to continue. As planned, Clark returned to the show for the 2005/06 countdown, although Ryan Seacrest served as primary host.[23] On air, he stated, “Last year I had a stroke. It left me in bad shape. I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It’s been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I’m getting there.” Before counting down to 2006, he mentioned he “wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”

Reaction to Clark’s appearance was mixed. While some TV critics (including Tom Shales of The Washington Post, in an interview with the CBS Radio Network) felt he was not in good enough shape to do the broadcast, stroke survivors and many of Clark’s fans praised him for being a role model for people dealing with post-stroke recovery.[26]

From 2005 to 2011, Clark co-hosted New Year’s Rockin Eve with Seacrest. In the four decades it has been on the air, the show has become a mainstay in U.S. New Year’s Eve celebrations. Watching the ball in Times Square drop on Clark’s show was considered an annual cultural tradition for the New Year’s holiday for the last decades of his life.[23]

Radio programs

Clark also had a long stint as a top-40 radio countdown show host. He began in 1963, hosting a radio program called The Dick Clark Radio Show. It was produced by Mars Broadcasting of StamfordConnecticut. Despite his enormous popularity on American Bandstand, the show was only picked up by a few dozen stations and lasted less than a year.[27]

Photo of Clark in 1963. His ABC radio show was called “Dick Clark Reports”.

On March 25, 1972, Clark hosted American Top 40, filling in for Casey Kasem.[28] In 1981, he created The Dick Clark National Music Survey for theMutual Broadcasting System.[22] The program counted down the Top 30 contemporary hits of the week in direct competition with American Top 40. Clark left Mutual in 1986, and Charlie Tuna took over the National Music Survey.[22] Clark then launched his own radio syndication group; the United Stations Radio Network, or Unistar, and took over the countdown program, “Countdown America”. It ran until 1994, when Clark sold Unistar to Westwood One Radio. The following year, Clark started over, building a new version of the USRN and a new countdown show: “The U.S. Music Survey”. He served as its host until his 2004 stroke.[22]

Dick Clark’s longest running radio show began on February 14, 1982. “Rock, Roll & Remember” was a four hour oldies show named after Clark’s 1976 autobiography. The first year, it was hosted by veteran Los Angeles disc jockey Gene Weed. Then in 1983 voice over talent Mark Elliot co-hosted with Clark. By 1985, Clark hosted the entire show. Pam Miller served as producer. Each week, Clark would profile a different artist from the Rock and Roll era. He would also count down the top four songs that week from a certain year in the 1950s, 1960s or early 1970s. The show ended production when Clark suffered his 2004 stroke. However, re-runs continue to air in syndication and on Clark’s website “dickclarkonline.com”.[22]

Beginning in 2009, Clark merged elements of “Rock, Roll and Remember” with the syndicated oldies show, “Rewind with Gary Bryan”. The new show was called “Dick Clark Presents Rewind with Gary Bryan”. Bryan, a Los Angeles radio personality, serves as the main host. Clark contributed profile segments.

Other television programs

At the peak of his American Bandstand fame, Clark also hosted a 30-minute Saturday night program called The Dick Clark Show (aka The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show). It aired from February 15, 1958, until September 10, 1960, on the ABC television network. It was broadcast live from the “Little Theater” in New York City and was sponsored by Beech-Nut Gum. It featured the rock and roll stars of the day lip synching their hits, just as on American Bandstand. However, unlike the afternoon Bandstand program which focused on the dance floor with the teenage audience demonstrating the latest dance steps, the audience of The Dick Clark Show (consisting mostly of squealing girls) sat in a traditional theater setting. While some of the musical numbers were presented simply, others were major production numbers. The high point of the show was the unveiling with great fanfare at the end of each program, by Clark, of the top ten records of the coming week.[29]

From September 27 to December 20, 1959, Clark hosted a thirty-minute weekly talent/variety series entitled Dick Clark’s World of Talent at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday nights on ABC. A variation of producer Irving Mansfield’s earlier CBS series, This Is Show Business (1949–1956), it featured three celebrity panelists, including comedian Jack E. Leonard, judging and offering advice to amateur and semi-professional performers. While this show was not a success, during its nearly three month duration, Clark was one of the few personalities in television history on the air nationwide seven days a week.[29]

One of Clark’s most well-known guest appearances was in the final episode of the original Perry Mason TV series (“The Case of the Final Fadeout”) in which he was revealed to be the killer in a dramatic courtroom scene.[30]

Clark attempted to branch into the realm of soul music with the series Soul Unlimited in 1973. The series, hosted by Buster Jones, was a more risqué and controversial imitator of the then-popular series Soul Train and alternated in the Bandstand time slot. The series lasted for only a few episodes.[31] Despite a feud between Clark and Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius, the two would later collaborate on several specials featuring black artists. Clark hosted the short-lived Dick Clark’s LIVE Wednesday in 1978.[32]

In 1984, Clark produced and co-hosted with Ed McMahon the NBC series TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. The series ran through 1988 and continued in specials hosted by Clark (sometimes joined by another TV personality) into the 21st century, first on NBC, later on ABC, and currently on TBS (the last version re-edited into 15-minute/filler segments airing at about 5 A.M.). Clark and McMahon were longtime Philadelphia acquaintances, and McMahon praised Clark for first bringing him together with future TV partner Johnny Carson when all three worked at ABC in the late 1950s. The “Bloopers” franchise stems from the Clark-hosted (and produced) NBC “Bloopers” specials of the early 1980s, inspired by the books, record albums and appearances of Kermit Schafer, a radio and TV producer who first popularized outtakes of broadcasts.[30] For a period of several years in the 1980s, Clark simultaneously hosted regular programs on the 3 major American television networks: ABC (Bandstand), CBS (Pyramid) and NBC (Bloopers).

In July 1985, Clark hosted the ABC prime time portion of the historic Live Aid concert, an all star concert designed by Bob Geldof to end world hunger.[33]

Clark did a brief stint as announcer on The Jon Stewart Show, in 1995.[34]

From 2001 to 2003, Clark was a co-host of The Other Half with Mario LopezDanny Bonaduce and Dorian Gregory, a syndicated daytime talk show intended to be the male equivalent ofThe View. Clark also produced the television series American Dreams about a Philadelphia family in the early 1960s whose daughter is a regular on American Bandstand. The series ran from 2002 to 2005.[30]

Other media appearances

Clark was featured in the 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine. He was criticized for hiring poor, unwed mothers to work long hours in his chain of restaurants for little pay. The mother in particular works over 80 hours per week and is unable to make rent and gets evicted which results in her having her son stay at his uncle’s house. At his uncle’s house the boy finds a gun and brings it to school where he shoots another first grader. In the documentary footage featuring Clark, Michael Moore tries to approach him to inform him of the welfare policies that allow for these conditions, and questions him about the people he employs and the tax breaks he takes advantage of, in employing welfare recipients; Clark refuses to answer any of Moore’s questions, shutting the car door and driving away.[35]

Clark also appeared in interview segments of another 2002 film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was based on the “unauthorized autobiography” of Chuck Barris. (Barris had worked at ABC as a standards-and-practices executive during “American Bandstand’s” run on that network.)[36]

In the 2002 Dharma and Greg episode “Mission: Implausible,” Greg is the victim of a college prank, and devises an elaborate plan to retaliate, part of which involves his use of a disguise kit; the first disguise chosen is that of Dick Clark. During a fantasy sequence that portrays the unfolding of the plan, the real Clark plays Greg wearing his disguise.[37]

He also made brief cameos in two episodes of the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In one episode he plays himself at a Philadelphia diner, and in the other he helps Will Smith‘s character host bloopers from past episodes of that sitcom.[38]

Post stroke

On August 27, 2006, Clark appeared on NBC’s telecast of the 2006 Emmy Awards. He was introduced by Simon Cowell after the show paid tribute to his successful career that has spanned decades. He was shown seated behind a lectern, and although his speech was still slurred, he was able to address the audience and introduce Barry Manilow‘s performance.

Clark was honored at The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS TV. It was a tribute to his 40 years hosting American Bandstand.

Business ventures

In 1965, Clark branched out from hosting, producing Where The Action Is, a variety show hosted by Paul Revere and the Raiders.[6] In 1973, he produced the American Music AwardsShow.[6] In 1987, Dick Clark Productions went public.[6] Clark, remained active in television and movie production into the 1990s.[6]

Restaurants

Dick Clark’s AB Grill in Branson, Missouri(November 2007).

Clark had a stake in a chain of music-themed restaurants licensed under the names “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill”, “Dick Clark’s AB Grill”, “Dick Clark’s Bandstand — Food, Spirits & Fun” and “Dick Clark’s AB Diner”. There are currently three airport locations in Newark, New JerseyPhoenix, Arizona; and Salt Lake City, Utah, one location in the Molly Pitcher travel plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike inCranbury, New Jersey, and one location at “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater” in Branson, Missouri.[39]

Theaters

“Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater” opened in Branson in April 2006,[40] and nine months later, a new theater and restaurant entitled “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Music Complex” opened near Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee[41]

In popular culture

Before his stroke, Clark’s perennial youthful appearance, despite his advancing years, was a subject of jokes and commentary in the popular culture, most notably his nickname of “the World’s Oldest Teenager”. One of Gary Larson‘s The Far Side cartoons has the caption, “Suddenly, on a national talk show in front of millions of viewers, Dick Clark ages 200 years in 30 seconds.” In the Police Squad! episode “Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don’t Laugh),” Dick Clark, appearing as himself, purchases Secret Formula Youth Cream from street snitch Johnny the Shoeshine Boy.[42] In The Simpsons 1999 Y2K episode “Treehouse of Horror X,” at midnight a computer glitch causes Dick Clark to melt and he is revealed to be a robot. In a stand up comedy routine Bill Hicks referenced Clark as the Anti-Christ pointing to his youthful non-aging as evidence.[43]

Personal life

Clark was married three times. His first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952; the couple had one son, Richard (“R.A.”, or “Rac”), and divorced in 1961. He married Loretta Martin in 1962; the couple had two children, Duane and Cindy, and divorced in 1971. His third marriage, in 1977 to Kari Wigton, lasted until his death.

Stroke

During an interview on Larry King Live in April 2004, Clark revealed that he had Type 2 diabetes.[44]

On December 8 of that year, the then 75-year-old was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering what was initially termed a minor stroke. Clark’s spokeswoman, Amy Streibel, said that he was hospitalized but was expected to be fine. However, on December 13, 2004, it was announced that Clark would be unable to host his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Evebroadcast.[45] Clark returned to the series the following year, but the dysarthria that resulted from the stroke rendered him unable to speak clearly for the remainder of his life.

Death

On April 18, 2012, Clark died after suffering a heart attack following a medical procedure at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.[4][46] Clark’s family did not immediately decide on whether there would be a public memorial service, but stated “there will be no funeral”.[28] Clark was cremated on April 20 and his ashes will be scattered in thePacific Ocean.[47]

Following Clark’s death, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Clark’s career: “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.”[48]

Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer Diana Ross spoke of Clark’s impact on the recording industry: “Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary and a major force in changing pop culture and ultimately influencing integration,” Gordy said. “I will always appreciate what he did for me and for popular music. He presented Motown and the Supremes on tour with the Caravan of Stars and on American Bandstand, where I got my start. Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend,” Ross said.[48]

Ryan Seacrest, who began hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve after Clark suffered a stroke, paid tribute to Clark on American Idol.[49][50] American Idol and the Game Show Network plan to air tributes to Clark over the next week.[51]

Actor Andy Cohen expressed his condolences, “The broadcasting legend will remain a teenager in our memory forever.” Russell Simmons wrote “Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP…” Actress Denise Richards wrote “My heart goes out to Dick Clark’s family and loved ones…. we lost a legend..” [52]

Credits

Television

Notable awards

Clark received the following awards:

He was also an inductee at several Hall of Fame locations:

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Richard Dawson
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
1979
Succeeded by
Peter Marshall
Preceded by
Bob Barker
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Bob Barker
Media offices
Preceded by
First host
Host of Pyramid
1973–1988
Succeeded by
John Davidson
Preceded by
Alan Thicke
Miss USA host
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Bob Goen
Preceded by
John Forsythe
Miss Universe host
1990–1993
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Bob Goen
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Will We Remember Tucson? Was It Enough? Is Anything?

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Via http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/tucson-shooting-memory-4874485

There is no more moving memorial in America than the one that they built on the place on North Harvey Street in Oklahoma City where the Murrah Federal Building used to be. There is a reflecting pool between two large arches — the time, 9:01 A.M., is carved into one of them, and 9:03 A.M. is carved into the other. The lost minute is represented by the reflecting pool and by the long lines of lonely, empty chairs, all on crystal bases, each representing one of the American citizens killed in the bloodiest act of insurrection since the Army of Northern Virginia hung ’em up. In the accompanying museum, there is a remarkable exhibit — an audiotape of a mundane governmental hearing that was going on not far from the Murrah Building when Timothy McVeigh’s bomb went off. Some poor guy is asking for permission to drill for designer water on his land. You can almost hear everyone on the tape yawning. The mundane business of self-government is grinding along. And then there’s a tearing in the universe and somebody’s screaming for a flashlight.

Outside again, the lonely chairs are reflected in the pool and one truth hangs there between the arches: This is what we can do to each other.

This moment should have been transformational. This should have been a moment of diamond-tipped truth. This is part of who we are. This is a part of our politics. This is something to look at, honestly, and admit to ourselves that, pushed by our own dread and anger, whether or not they are skillfully stoked by demagoguery or not, this is what we can do to each other. This is what we will do to each other.

And the most remarkable thing about what happened in Oklahoma City is how little it matters today. The president of the United States gave a fine speech Wednesday night in Tucson at the memorial for the people Jared Loughner shot. The only mention of Oklahoma City in connection with the president’s speech was to compare it with the speech that another Democratic president had given in the aftermath of the memorial service for the 168 people that Timothy McVeigh murdered in 1995.

People mostly remembered that Bill Clinton once had made a passing mention of what he called “the purveyors of hatred and division… the promoters of paranoia” on the airwaves. (At the actual memorial service, Clinton quoted Scripture and talked about healing.) This time, many people struck pre-emptively; Rush Limbaugh may be self-medicating his wounded ego for the rest of his life over what he imagines Clinton said about him. There was a lot of what was called “defensiveness” on the activist Right, but it was nothing of the sort. They were on offense, just the way they have been since they took that heat in 1995. They abide by the order Stalin gave to the Red Army when the Germans invaded in 1942: Ni shagu nazad.

Not a step back.

The activist Right wants this rhetoric for 2012. It wants the same dark energies that helped it win the House last fall. It wants to be able to say the same things with impunity that it’s been saying since 2009, as though Tucson never happened. Oklahoma City might as well have happened to the Hittites.

Which is how nothing ever changed. Which is why Oklahoma City wasn’t enough.

One-hundred and sixty-eight people.

One-hundred and sixty-eight lonely, empty chairs.

It wasn’t enough.

The political culture is not what it was in 1996. It’s worse. The wild-assed, Clinton-centric conspiracies — death lists! Vince Foster! Mena airport! — look positively quaint compared to the grand paranoid delusions spouted on television and on radio these days. And the casual mainstreaming of vicious mendacity isn’t the property talk radio alone; we have just seen installed a Congress full of thunderous loons. Against all odds — and, arguably, against all decency — what Bill Clinton so carefully criticized has degenerated into a time in which the governors of major states talk glibly about secession, and automatic weapons are casual accessories at political rallies.

One-hundred and sixty-eight people.

That wasn’t enough.

(Perhaps the crowning irony is the fact that, of all the repercussions from the Oklahoma City bombing, the most lasting is probably those provisions of Clinton’s own 1996 antiterrorism act that were strengthened and codified five years later into what became the constitutional nightmare that is the USA PATRIOT Act.)

So you’ll forgive us if we’re not impressed by the conspicuous public introspection of Roger Ailes. Why wasn’t Oklahoma City enough? Why have there been sixteen years of lucrative invective since then? And you’ll forgive us if we are a little dubious aboutSarah Palin’s contrition, and the maundering of Peggy Noonan, and the generally sanctimonious flummery that passes for comment on this latest outbreak of American political violence.

Oklahoma City happened. The carnival rolled on. It got wilder. It got nuttier. Ideas so long abandoned and destructive that they seemed like primal superstitions from a barbarian age now were shined up for the cameras and presented as legitimate alternatives to the accumulated reason and intellectual progress of two centuries. The complicity in it got broader and deeper and nobody thought much about the empty chairs.

One-hundred and sixty-eight people.

By the reflecting pool, suspended there to represent a single bloody second, we suspect there are prayers offered these days for Gabrielle Giffords and the rest of Jared Loughner’s victims. And they will be offered again, some day, for th

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