Saturday, May 29, 2010

Remembering Art Linkletter

We lost a pretty big television legend this week. This would be Art Linkletter, who was best known for his shows Art Linkletter's House Party (which included the incredibly popular segment Kids Say The Darndest Things) and People are Funny which aired on NBC. He was 97.

Art also appeared on shows such as What’s My Line? and I’ve Got A Secret.

The “Kids Say The Darndest Things” portion of House Party is arguably the thing he’s best remembered for. This spawned the idea of a separate show in its own right in the late 1990's, which was hosted by Bill Cosby, which often featured flashback segments with Art. In this, school children ages 5-10 years old were interviewed for their thoughts on basic questions, such as “do you know what a politician is?” The responses could be very classic though no matter how simple the questions were.

Here's an example, and a real nice look back at his impact:

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