Art Linkletter, a famous television and radio personality of the ’50s and ’60s died today at the age of 97.
Linkletter became a television icon with his hit show House Party which started as a radio show in 1944 and moved to CBS 1952. The show is best remembered for the segment, “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” where Linkletter interviewed children.
During the ’80s the negativity surrounding the United States with the hostage crisis in Iran and the recession, Linkletter and KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman started a syndicated radio show “What’s Right With America.”
“He was a delight to work with, total class,” said Goldman. “We lost a true icon of the early age of television. He will be truly missed.”
For the opening of Disneyland in 1945, Linkletter’s good friend Walt Disney needed a personality to host his opening gala television special. Art Linkletter was asked to host the show but Disney could not afford to pay Linkletter.
Disney offered Linkletter the exclusive rights to camera and film concessions and processing at Disneyland.
After 10 years of profits from the concessions, the total from that decision made Linkletter the highest paid television personality for a single appearance.
Linkletter is survived by his daughters Dawn and Sharon and his wife, Lois Foerster.