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Art Linkletter

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Posted on August 5th, 2006 at 10:06 pm

Editor's Note: Art Linkletter died on May 26, 2010. This interview was conducted in 2006.

An American icon, Art Linkletter has been a positive influence on our culture for more than 60 years.

His TV work includes "House Party" and "Kids Say the Darndest Things."

Today at the age of 94, he's still Chairman of the Board of Linkletter Enterprises, overseeing operations all around the world.

He's recently written his 28th book, "How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life."

He talked to Growing Bolder about his rags-to-riches story, his 70-year love affair with his wife and why he continues to be one of the hardest working people in show business.



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  • Posted 11:03am May 29th, 2010

    I remember Art Linkletter best on Kids Say the Darndest Things.  I was very young then, so I loved how the children responded to his questions and comments.  I knew that he had written about this show, but I was so surprised to hear about his other books.  I was also surprised at all the committees he was on, by him being Ambassador to Australia, and by him getting all those honorary doctorates.  I live in a nursing home and wish I had met him here, since he said that he was busy visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities at that time.  He was even looking forward to being 100!  Art was a great man with great spirit, determination and love.




  • Posted 1:18pm May 27th, 2010

    Meeting Art Linkletter is one of the highlights of my life. I had the privilege in the mid 1990s. I believe he was 84 at the time. I brought together sponsors to bring him to Tucson to keynote a "Tributes to Aging" event. His talk was titled the same as his book, Old Age is Not For Sissies. He drew a SRO crowd of some 500 people in the food court of a mall. He inspired everyone with his easy-going, down-to-earth address. As in Marc's interview with Art on Growing Bolder, his character that day exuded optimism, kindness, wit and charm. He did not have an ounce of "celebrity" arrogance. He was unretiring in every sense, working hard and loving every minute of it. His mind was sharp as a tack. What a wonderful role model he was and will remain for people of all ages. God rest his soul.





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