Dick Clark Dead at Age 82

As I write this, the theme song from American Bandstand keeps running through my mind.  What a wonderful, wonderful man was Dick Clark.

His American Bandstand made him famous.  He never seemed to age. We all thought he was an immortal, ageless teenager.  Alas, he died of a heart attack, at age 82, on April 18, 2012. He had been admitted to the hospital for a routine procedure and suffered a heart attack at the hospital. Resuscitation efforts failed.

My favorite memories of Dick Clark were from his New Year's Rockin' Eve programs.  He was so cool under pressure.  Even after his stroke back in 2004, he recovered sufficient speaking ability to make future appearances on New Year's Eve, most recently alongside his personally chosen successor, Ryan Seacrest.  

I think the entire Entertainment Industry owes Dick Clark a tremendous tribute. I hope they will come up with an appropriate memorial, something immortal, to remind future generations of his pioneering contributions to television broadcasting.

Dick Clark will always be on my "A" List.

Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress whose career has really taken off during the past two years.  I recently enjoyed her performance in The Hunger Games.  She is the "face" of the Hunger Games and what a face it is!  Without saying a word, she could stare down the toughest opponent.  

I first discovered this talented beauty in the film Winter's Bone, which I watched only because of her photo on the jacket of the rental DVD.  I liked her look, but it was her performance in Winter's Bone that really convinced me she would be a huge star. And today she is truly a "star." 

Not only does she have a great face, she is fairly tall and solidly built, which makes her more believable as the warrior we see in The Hunger Games.  

I am very impressed, and look forward to the sequel movies in the Hunger Games series.