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Stevens Point man shares memories of Dick Clark


Dick Clark passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He left behind family, friends, and adoring fans.

Newsline 9 spoke with one Stevens Point man who got a chance to meet the iconic celebrity.

Ronald Johnson met Dick Clark in 1978, back when he was working as a security guard for ABC in California.

"I wasn't really sure if I should ask him, because you're really not suppose to when you're working, but I just asked if he'd mind giving his autograph," said Johnson.

 It's an experience Johnson said he'll always cherish.

"It's just something I'll never forget, having the autograph reminds me every day what a great person he was," said Johnson.

Dick Clark wasn't the only celebrity Johnson snagged autographs from while on the job. But, Clark was one of a handful who Johnson said held a special place in his heart.

"I was very fortunate to work at ABC, and get to meet all these famous people, and one of my very favorites of course was Dick Clark," said Johnson.

Clark's passing caught Johnson off guard. 

"I was shocked. I knew he had a stroke a few years back, but he recovered real well from that, so it was a total shock to find out he died from a heart attack," said Johnson.

Looking back on his favorite memories of Clark, Johnson said the best was watching American Band Stand.

"They always had the greatest young talent on there. A lot of people got started on the show, just always a good time to watch it," said Johnson.

An unforgettable show, brought to life by an equally unforgettable American icon.

"They'll never forget him. They're never going to forget his shows," said Johnson.

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