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May 26th, 2010, 06:44 PM
Art Linkletter dies at age 97: A look at his career in making people laugh


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May 26, 2010 -- Art Linkletter the man who coined the phrase of "the darndest things," died on Wednesday at the age of 97
According to Wikipedia Art Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. In his autobiography, Confessions of a Happy Man (1960), he revealed that he had had no contact with his natural parents or his sister or two brothers since he was abandoned when only a few weeks old. He was adopted by Mary (née Metzler) and Fulton John Linkletter, an evangelical preacher.
Art Linkletter later moving to the United States, he graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While he attended San Diego State, he played for the basketball team, and swam for the swim team. He had previously planned to attend Springfield College, but did not for financial reasons.

May 26th, 2010, 06:47 PM
About Art Linkletter
For over sixty years, Linkletter has lifted our spirits. This Emmy Award winner has performed in such popular television and radio shows as House Party, People Are Funny, and Kids Say the Darndest Things (currently airing Friday nights on CBS-TV with Bill Cosby) based on his best-selling book of the same title. A true master of the podium, this recipient of ten honorary doctorate degrees has inspired thousands of audiences during his prolific speaking career.Art has won 2 EMMY awards and received 4 EMMY nominations: he has received 1 GRAMMY AWARD; 10 honorary doctorate degrees; and has also received other awards, honors, and recognitions too numerous to list. It should be noted however, that among these honors, the one in which he takes particular pride is - Grandfather of the Year.
Kids Say the Darndest Things was one of the top 14 best sellers in American publishing history and #1 for two consecutive years. The latest among the 23 books Art has written is the recent best-seller "Old Age is Not for Sissies."
Art has served on the President’s National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse Prevention, the Presidential Commission to Improve Reading in the United States, the President’s Commission on Fitness and Physical Education, and he was named Ambassador to Australia and Commissioner General to the 150th Australian Anniversary Celebration by President Reagan.
Equally well known as a businessman, Art has served on many Boards of Directors including MGM, Western Airlines, Kaiser Hospitals, and the French Foundation for Alzheimer's Disease to name but a few. As Chairman of the Board of Linkletter Enterprises, Art oversees enterprises involved in the building and management of public storage properties, office buildings, cow-calf operations, real estate development, cattle and sheep stations in Australia, and various oils enterprises around the world.


May 26th, 2010, 07:32 PM
He was great until he went off the deep end regarding drug abuse.

May 26th, 2010, 08:05 PM
We Love You, Call Collect by Art & Diane Linkletter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALwETfzXiDQ)


Art's 20-year-old daughter, Diane Linkletter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Linkletter), died on October 4, 1969 at the age of 20, by jumping out of her sixth-floor kitchen window. Linkletter claimed that she committed suicide because she was on, or having a flashback from, an LSD trip, but toxicology tests done after the incident detected no signs of LSD use, and it is quite likely that the drug played no part in her suicide. Linkletter spoke out against drugs to prevent children from straying into a drug habit. His record, We Love You, Call Collect, recorded before her death, featured a discussion about permissiveness in modern society. It featured a rebuttal by Diane, called Dear Mom and Dad. The record won a 1970 Grammy award for the "Best Spoken Word Recording".

(The audio doesn't kick in until ~ 1:00, but it's worth the wait)

May 26th, 2010, 08:29 PM
Thanks lofter, you have a knack for finding the ones that tug at your heartstrings.

May 27th, 2010, 07:33 AM
Never even knew that he once was a drug abuser!

May 27th, 2010, 08:06 AM
Does anyone?