Today, 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.