Art Linkletter Passes Away

LinkletterToday, May 26, 2010, the world lost a legendary voice of television and radio, with the passing of Art Linkletter. He is perhaps best remembered as the longtime host of Art Linkletter’s House Party, which was first broadcast on CBS radio in 1944, before moving to television a decade later, and running until 1969. He also hosted the NBC show, People Are Funny, for 19 years, starting in 1943. Along the way, he coined the phrase most closely associated with him, “Kids do the darndest things.” Linkletter was 97.

Here is a clip of Art’s infectious personality on House Party:

Of course, Retroland readers may best remember Linkletter for his face, which appeared on the box, and on the $100,000 bill, in the original version of the Milton Bradley board game, The Game of Life. He was also a close friend of Walt Disney, which resulted in him hosting the 1955 Opening Day ceremonies at Disneyland (with help from Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings). Here is a wonderful clip of Art interviewing some of Disneyland’s first visitors:

Half a century later, Linkletter returned to Disneyland to help the park celebrate its 50th birthday:

As we celebrate the life and career of Art Linkletter at Retroland, we welcome your thoughts and memories of this beloved entertainer.

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  1. NostalgiaTV says:

    Dear Eric,

    Another Sad Loss To Radio and TV

    History!

    I grew up watching”Art Linkletter’s House Party!”/

    “The Linkletter Show”weekday afternoons on The CBS TV

    Network and seeing reruns of”People Are Funny!”weekday

    afternoons(Whenever i wasn’t in school)on WPIX TV Ch.11

    in NYC during the 1960′s.

    He really knew how to interview people and get them

    involved in crazy stunts.

    Mr.Linkletter was witty and charming..he wasn’t

    a performer..but..he was a warm,gentle and engaging

    personality.

    (Crying)

    I’ll Miss Him!

    Goodbye Art!

  2. artytoons says:

    Art Linkletter remained upbeat even after the tragic death of his daughter Diane in the 1970s. Diane Linkletter was under the influence of LSD and fell to her death from a high rise apartment building in her late 20s.

    His interviews with the kids were funny.

  3. HardyGirl66 says:

    I had a chance to see Art in person at the G.L.A.S.S. convention, (Greater Los Angeles Sunday School) in the 80s. I could have listened to him all day. He was so relaxed, sweet and down to earth. I love watching old clips of Kids Say The Darndest Things and his cameos in the newer version w/ Bill Cosby. RIP Art. You will be greatly missed.

  4. Cricket says:

    I remember watching “Kids Say the Darndest Things” back when I was just 5 or 6. His book about the show was one of the first I remember reading, although I didn’t always understand the joke (“an octopus has eight testicles, Mr. Linkletter” urged one small boy. “No, not tentacles, testicles”). He was a big part of my childhood landscape and I will miss him.

  5. NostalgiaTV says:

    Mr.Linkletter did a nice speech during the 50th anniversary

    of the opening of Disneyland in 2005..the only damper that he

    made during that speech.

    Was speaking kindly of that lousey former radio sportscaster

    and actor..turned crooked and stupid US President..Ronnie

    Rat Fink!

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