From 1974 to 1986, Stephanie Penick, publisher of Positively Naperville, owned a cupcake-sized specialty cake business at 400 E. 74th St. in New York City. News on April 18 that Dick Clark had died at age 82, brought back a rush of experiences of watching American Band Stand with girlfriends during her teen years as well as the memory of designing a birthday cake for the TV icon in 1976.
In 1976, Clark was host of a game show called $10,000 Pyramid. The birthday cake his staff ordered for his surprise party was in the shape of a pyramid with a likeness of Dick Clark in icing perched at the top of cake. After his party, Creative Cakes was thrilled to receive a personal note of appreciation that has been saved all these years.
Clark’s family announced he died from a heart attack earlier Wednesday morning. Most of us remember “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” that began in 1972 and continues to this day.
Thanks for all the memories, Dick Clark. This enterprising man always communicated a positive spirit that connected a nation of teens with rock ‘n roll, even after they became adults.
You can watch Dick Clark’s last New Year’s Eve broadcast below.