Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Art Linkletter -- and those darn kids

In the 1950s and 1960s Art Linkletter had hundreds of kids on his show and simply asked them questions and let their responses provide the laughs.  In Bob Newhart's book, "I Shouldn't Even be Doing This", he told a story about Art and one of those children.  Seems one of the boys on the show was off by himself, in a corner while the other kids were laughing and having a good time.  Art went over to him and asked "Is something wrong?".

 "Yeah", he replied, "my dog died this week".

Art wanted to comfort him so, he said, "well, your dog went to heaven and when you go to heaven you will see your dog again so don't be too unhappy".

The boy looked at Art quizzically.  "What does God want with a dead dog"?  

Ah, the logic of children.  I have a clip, introduced by Bill Cosby that shows just how Art's show went.  Should bring you a few chuckles.


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