Remembering Art Linkletter

Take a look at this entertaining retrospective of some highlights from the late Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

1947 caricature by artist Sam Berman/Courtesy of NBC

I don’t think there’s anyone who won’t get a chuckle at some of the video from the show hosted by one of broadcasting’s icons. Many of us remember that show, though the late Linkletter had many shows over a very long career.  It’s interesting to note that one retrospective was put together as a tribute by Bill Cosby when he revived Linkletter’s format in the 1990s. Cosby, a comedic force in his own right, had Linkletter on the show more than once.

When news came that Linkletter had died May 26 at the age of 97, memories poured forth from all quarters about the impact he had not only on the broadcasting industry but U.S. society in general.

The Christophers organization was among those who mourned his passing: In 2004 he received the Christopher Life Achievement Award “for his remarkable contributions to the craft, business and spirit of the broadcasting industry, as well as for his work with children on stage and off, as a mentor and educator in the war against drug abuse.”

Only eight individuals have won this achievement award in the organization’s 61-year history.

The Christophers’ statement said Linkletter’s “genial determination to communicate one-on-one with the American public via radio, TV and print impacted generations of Americans. His trailblazing career behind a microphone and in front of the camera, his support of ‘lifelong learning’ and resilience amidst personal tragedy truly reflected the goals and mission of the Christophers.”

3 Responses

  1. Why is specifically Catholic about Art Linkletter or this news?

  2. The Christophers is a Catholic media organization best known for the slogan “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Find more at http://www.christophers.org

  3. I vividly remember Mr. Linkletter…..I was one of his kids on his TV Show, “Kids Say the Darenest Things” –around 1957-58. In fact, I was the only Greek child on any of his programs. I recall that I came on the show wearing a Greek costume; and, I even remember the question Mr Linkletter asked when he came to my chair: “What did you come over from Greece on?” I answered, “On a flying tiger (Flying Tigers Airlines).”

    Years later, I heard Mr. Linkletter speak at one of the local churches here in Mesa, Arizona. He was quite an amazing man and great motivational speaker. I admired his energy and passion!

    I especially connected with Mr. Linkletter because we were both adopted children.

    The world was a better place because he was here!

    Best regards,
    Amalia (Miller) Balch
    Mesa, Arizona

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