Abby West
April 18, 2012 AT 10:28 PM EDT

As we say goodbye to the host extraordinaire, we thought it fitting to look back on Dick Clark’s life the way we knew him best: on camera.

The last time many of us saw Clark was during this past Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC, ringing in 2012 with Seacrest and Lady Gaga. (Something Clark himself wrote about in Entertainment Weekly, to commemorate the special’s 40th anniversary.) Take a look as Clark marveled at the “night to remember” in Time Square after the ball dropped.

Starting at 7:45:

Clark’s influence on pop culture and the youth of the day was so swift and strong that he secured a spot on the classic NBC show This Is Your Life before he even turned 30, almost 52 years before his death. Watch as he’s surprised by host Ralph Edwards:

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