Wednesday, May 26, 2010

House Party Host Passes

 Art Linkletter passed away today at the age of 97 although I believe he was still young kid at heart. His original "Kids Say the Darndest Things" was priceless and was never equaled. I Remember squirming in the audience in some kind of CBS Studio City complex in the 60s watching "House Party" with my family on vacation and laughing even though I didn't understand why we were laughing half the time.  

I have Art's 1957 book, "Kids Say the Darndest Things," based on his TV show. It was illustrated throughout by Sparky and the forward was by Walt Disney who praised Art's ability to showcase a child's unbridled imagination in ways Walt had been described. They were both known in Walt's words, "... for never having quite grown up." Wish we had more people today giving young people a chance to enjoy their innocent childhood a bit longer than they seem to be allowed.