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redsox9
Redsox9  (Level: 154.5 - Posts: 1288)
Wed, 26th May '10 10:15 PM

THE PASSING OF A LEGEND

Art Linkletter, the pride of Moose Jaw in Canada has passed. He was the host of a number of TV shows. Our generation grew up with him. He levedf to be 97. RIP Art

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 27th May '10 1:37 AM

Made my television debut on Art Linkletter's in (I believe) 1962! As a goofy 8-year old, I sat in the audience and got plenty of screen time as Art interviewed audience members. Stared at the monitor the whole time to see if I was on TV! But, I am quite proud to say that I didn't wave my arms at the camera like all the idiots do these days.

Coincidently, it was also my television finale.

In a more serious vein, I remember Art's horrible struggles, and futile efforts to change the world, after his daughter died of a drug overdose. It really threw this very conservative man for a loop. He tried to be hip while he talked to young folks about the dangers of drugs, but I'm afraid he never could pull it off. Made his sad story even sadder.

Another Art Linkletter claim to fame: one of the hosts (along with Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings) at the televised opening of Disneyland in 1955.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.1 - Posts: 5313)
Thu, 27th May '10 2:58 AM

I had the privilege of interviewing Art Linkletter probably 8 or 10 years ago when he was in town to give a lecture. He looked very young for his age even then. Wish I had organized my clips so I could find that article because I recall part of it was about his daughter and about the drug epidemic.

I remember listening to him on the radio and then watching him on his TV show. Dave, I thought you were going to tell us you were one of those little kids who told family secrets to him! He had the skill to bring out the funny side of the kids.. However, I wonder if some of those parents remained together after the kids told their family secrets!. LOL

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.0 - Posts: 1389)
Thu, 27th May '10 10:42 AM

He set the stage for a lot of follow-ons. His "House-Party" was followed by a very high percentage of the possible audience. One can still get DVD's of his interviews with kids. Amazing Canadian, popular, all of his life.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.1 - Posts: 7560)
Thu, 27th May '10 2:05 PM

Sorry to hear of Art's passing. 97 years young! Married his wife in 1935 [75 years]
What a great entertainer.
I vaguely remember watching his House Party show in 1962 and seeing a goofy kid in the audience.

Truthfully, more than one. In the interviews, they said the darnedest things.
RIP Art.



amyt
Amyt  (Level: 134.7 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 27th May '10 6:54 PM

I remember watching his interviews with kids. He was very kind and patient with them. Some of the kids' answers were absolutely great!

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 27th May '10 7:29 PM

It was so clear that he loved children which made that segment all the more entertaining. I loved his show when I was young.


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