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RYAN BAKKEN: Remembering ‘America’s oldest teenager’

Published 04/23/2012, Grand Forks Herald

In the spring of 1964, I joined my two older sisters in watching “American Bandstand” on Saturdays. The Beatles’ popularity was one reason. My second, more-important motive was to learn the “twist,” the dance craze of that time. The show did more than provide dance lessons. It also opened our narrow world to rock and roll. Many adults hated rock and roll, some even considering it the work of the devil. That, naturally, made rock and roll even more desirable to the young. But wholesome “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark eventually made it more palatable to parents.

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