// Dec 01 2012

AMERICAN BANDSTAND — PAT MOLITTIERI GETS A JOB

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SATURDAY SOJOURN –

I know, I know it’s Saturday and we should not be talking about work…but I just couldn’t wait. Hmmmmmm….

As I’ve said, I love these cropped photos, and this is an original and rare one. Yummy this.

The cropped portion of the photo accompanied an article and the notation on the back reads, “Pat Gets A Job.” What is significant is the date. It is dated August 5, 1959 — two years to the date American Bandstand went national. Interesting signpost.

Now all of you American Bandstand aficionados know that Pat left Philadelphia American Bandstand in the summer of 1959, and not of her own volition; when she had done the first feature article on the American Bandstand Regulars for a popular magazine of the time called ‘Teen Magazine.

Paid employment particularly related to the show got any American Bandstand Regular the Bandstand Boot.

Now off the show, she continued her employment with California based ‘Teen Magazine with her monthly column Pat’s Party Line and co-authored two special issues: Bandstand Buddies and Bandstand Blast. At the same time she pursued a movie and recording career. She had one record written for her on the new “Teen label by Paul Anka titled The USA and she appeared as an extra in the film Where the Boys Are.

Single and/or double click on the collage to enlarge. This one is a busy bunch of Bandstand and Bandstand related documentations of that period and the events.

Enjoy your weekend wind down, and never fear, there is no winding down at Bandstand’s Best. There is always something to peak your interest — oh yes there is, there is. There really, really is….

On a sad note, I have been under the weather these few days. I must have caught a Bandstand bug wandering the archive rooms looking for interest-peaks.

But, have no fear. Remember the United States Post Office motto, “Neither rain nor sleet nor….blah blah…”

That said, if you are looking for a part time job, I’m hiring. The pay is really good…. well, actually, it isn’t that good but you can tell all your friends it is.

No worries…. :-)

Ciao for now…..

6 Responses to “AMERICAN BANDSTAND — PAT MOLITTIERI GETS A JOB”

  1. Eddie Kelly (Your American Bandstand Ambassador) says:
    December 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Best picture of Pat I have ever seen. Great Great!

  2. Great collage Charles ~ :)

    One thing that never made sense to me about Pat getting kicked off AB for writing for Teen magazine was that those who did not know about AB in the smaller rural areas of the country but bought ‘Teen would have drawn them to watching the show. In other words, Pat brought attention to the show. Now, why didn’t the person who kicked her off the show (hum) not realize that?

    In my eyes and the rest of the country who loved Pat hated that she got kicked off of AB. What a loss to that show.

    Anyone out there agree with me?

    Joyce (Shafer) Roth

  3. Justine Carrelli says:
    December 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The unfortunate part about doing anything other than just dancing as a Regular got you banned from the show. This was heartbreaking to see Pat go. She was a bottle of 7-up in the room. I hoped that she enjoyed California and everything she did after moving on after Bandstand. When Bob and I made a record we were banned as well. I missed the show but it was time for me to move on in life. The network just decided when that would occur. IMMEDIATELY!

    • pete dillon says:
      June 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Justine,
      Would you email me any information you have about Pat’s passing? I was a fan from 13 yo. until now. She was the first girl I had a crush on, back in 1957.
      Thanks in advance,
      Pete Dillon Bs.EE

  4. I was only a fan in those days but, was never aware that this was the reason that so many disappeared.

  5. I have always maintained that The Regulars actually drove the engine that made American Bandstand work. Yes, the music was important but it was those dancing personalities we invited into our homes each weekday afternoon that made us rush home from school and tune our televisions to American Bandstand. That said, it was a missed opportunity that Bandstand’s creators did not see the potential for establishing a paid “apprenticeship” type program for the select group known as The Regulars. It could have operated in conjunction with the schools The Regulars attended. Course credit for future careers in television production, dance or music related fields could have been granted to The Regulars who would be assigned a teacher from their various high schools along with a special advisor from WFIL TV who would guide their apprenticeships. Had it been done this way, The Regulars could have been paid for their contribution to the show’s success, while learning aspects of television production. I know for a fact that when certain Regulars were banned from the show, many friends of mine stopped watching the show. They were not happy that many of the familiar faces they were used to seeing daily, had disappeared from the screen.

    Joyce Shafer Roth makes a good point. The contribution of specific Regulars was the draw. It is why so many millions of people watched the show. So, why not reward those Regulars whose presence drove those high daytime television ratings? Had it been done under an apprenticeship type program it just might have worked. I also think Justine Carrelli makes a valid point when she says for herself, it was time “to move on.”

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