Produced on July 17, 1912, in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, where his biological parents left him on the doorsteps of an area church, Art Linkletter went to TV success by adhering to a simple formula: Set routine folks, particularly children, in front of the camera and let them be themselves. and similar shows.
When his investigations came to a conclusion, he returned to his West Coast home, and registered at San Diego State College. He studied linguistics and play; and participated in a dizzying variety of extracurricular activities, holding positions on the soccer, handball, and swimming teams. Upon his graduation in 1934, he left his concept of a teaching profession. Rather, he stayed at KGB, where he was promoted to chief announcer.
For the rest of the 1930s, Linkletter continued to develop his craft, taking part in numerous radio programs. In 1942, he ventured to Hollywood to investigate other chances in the entertainment industry.
In the early 1950s, Linkletter adopted the brand new medium of television by accommodating to the little display bothHouse Party(in 1952) and Folks Are Funny (in 1954) to the little display. The harebrained crowd participation shows proved to be a success among viewers, and stayed on the air to get several years.
Linkletter’s power to amuse through normal folks improved his likable character. He proved especially proficient at interviewing kids, whose candid comments supplied a number of his shows most cherished seconds. He interpreted his success into some of children’s books, including Kids Say the Darndest Things! (1957), The Secret World of Children (1959), Children Still Say the Darndest Things! (1961) and Children Positive Ritual Funny!: A Kid’s Guide to Misinformation (1962).
Linkletter made headlines under terrible conditions in 1969, when his daughter, Diane, committed suicide while experimenting with LSD. Ten years after, Linkletter’s 35-year old son Robert was killed in an automobile crash. Harassed by misfortune, Linkletter started a lifelong campaign against drug abuse, making more than 70 addresses annually on the lecture circuit. He’s since become a national anti-substance representative, serving on the President’s National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse Prevention, so when president of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Abuse Education and Data, Inc.
Along with his success in the entertainment industry, Linkletter has made remarkable professional strides in the commercial sector. As president of Linkletter Enterprises he boasts assets including numerous petroleum and property holdings. Linkletter is given ten honorary doctorate degrees from schools and universities for his humanitarian work, and his continuing effort against drug abuse.
On May 26, 2010, following a full and productive life amusing both the young and old, Linkletter died in his Los Angeles residence. He was 97 years old. Linkletter is survived by his own wife, Lois; daughters Dawn Griffin and Sharon Linkletter; seven grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.