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