11 Famous Dicks from New York State
Alright, get your head out of the gutter. We're not talking about that. We're taking a look at the most famous people named Dick (and Richard) from New York state. You'll have to open an Incognito window for that other type of search. (Also, Tommy Lee was born in Greece, not New York.)
New York has certainly spawned its fair share of Dicks. No matter where you are in the state, it seems like you can throw a rock and hit a Dick. Dicks are everywhere in the Empire State, even if they don't go by that name.
Dick Clark is #1 on our list, and most know that Mr. Clark has roots right here in Utica.
Clark made some of his very first radio appearances in Utica, working for WRUN in the mid-40s. WRUN was owned and operated by his uncle and father, respectively. He started in the mailroom but soon was allowed to do fill-in spots for weather and news. Clark went on to graduate from Syracuse University's TV & Radio program in 1951, and returned to WRUN using the on-air name "Dick Clay." He eventually parlayed his radio work into television appearances on WKTV. While there, he reportedly hosted a country music program titled Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders.
But Dick Clark isn't the only famous Dick from New York. The list below is far from complete, and we're sure you can think of a few more. We just don't want to hear about it.