THE MISSING TAPES*
I was blessed to have had the full cooperation of many of the Regulars who dug deep down inside their treasure chests of memorabilia. Fans and collectors provided a wealth of photos and articles, and the extended Bandstand community was invaluable. Through these writings, news clippings and magazines I built a defense against the exaggerations, contradictions, slanted perceptions and misconceptions – all to be expected over the course of five decades.
In mapping the teen trail, referencing and cross referencing, comparing news clippings with interviews with the Regulars, fans, DJ’s and related sources, I distilled and sorted collective data for a compelling consensus of information.
Though my research yielded more than I ever hoped for, there was the rare time I did come up empty-handed.
One significant mystery continued to remain unsolved, that of the whereabouts of the approximately two thousand Philadelphia kinescope reels of the show — one person would tell me they thought they were destroyed, another believed Clark was hoarding them, some had heard they were stolen. All of these tales were unverifiable until one day….
I discovered something….
*Excerpt — The Princes and Princesses of Dance/The Follies of Fame
Ciao for now….