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Art Linkletter's Son and Inspiration Dies

Posted December 21, 2007, 12:11 pm in Entertainment
Credit Growing Bolder

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The son of one of our country's greatest broadcasting treasures has died.

Jack Linkletter, the son of Art Linkletter, passed away this week at the age of 70 of lymphoma.

Last year, Art told the Growing Bolder Radio Show that his most famous hit, "Kids Say The Darndest Things," was inspired by Jack.

"I invented children on the radio in 1941 on my 5-year-old son, Jack, who is now 69. He came home and saw me practicing (my voice) on one of the first home recorders. So, I called him over to the microphone and I said, 'Jack, step up to the microphone. I'm going to interview you. What did you do today?'

He said, 'I went to school for the first time, kindergarten.'

And I said, 'How did you like it?'

He said, 'I ain't going back.' I said, 'What do you mean you're not going back? You have to go back. Why don't you want to go back?'

He says, 'Well, I can't read. I can't write. And they won't let me talk. I don't know why I should be there.'"

Art says he played that recording on a local program in San Francisco and the mail came pouring in from around the country.

"People (were) saying how marvelous it was for a kid who was not a professional. This was just a kid talking about his home and his family. That was the secret of my 26 years. I had youngsters from 4 to 10 and I had the opportunity to talk about all kinds of things -- pets and brothers and sisters -- and it was something that everybody had lived through in their own family life.'"

Jack followed his father into broadcasting, hosting several TV shows, including "Here's Hollywood," "America Alive!" and "Hootenanny." He also hosted the Miss Universe pageant, World's Fair events and major parades, according to the Associated Press.

In recent years, he served as president of Linkletter Enterprises, the company his 95-year-old father still chairs.

Growing Bolder extends its deepest condolences to the entire Linkletter family, including Jack's parents Art and Lois, his wife, Charlene, his three children and his 11 grandchildren.

To listen to our entire conversation with Art, which includes more stories about the Linkletter family, click here.


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