Art Linkletter was one of America’s most beloved radio and television personalities. He was born in Moosejaw Saskatchewan in 1912. Linkletter was abandoned by his parents when he was just a few weeks old.
One of his first shows was a daytime radio variety show, House Party. The show enjoyed nationwide audiences on the CBS and ABC Radio networks from 1945 to 1967.
His lighthearted, wholesome approach of getting to know people moved him to ABC and CBS Television Networks from 1952 to 1969 with Art Linkletter’s House Party and The Linkletter Show. Art Linkletter also hosted People are Funny for NBC from 1943 to 1960.
Linkletter had a similar but unrelated prime-time TV series, The Art Linkletter Show, on NBC television from February 18 to September 16, 1963.
Perhaps Linkletter’s most memorable moments were spent with children in his segment called Kids Say the Darndest Things. This show features Linkletter asking questions to kids from around 3-10 years of age. The candid answers from the children were sometimes embarrassing, but always entertaining.
After cancellation of the daytime show, NBC revived the former ABC series Life with Linkletter co-hosted by Art and his son, Jack Linkletter from 1969-1070.
A new, syndicated version of the show, called House Party with Steve Doocy, now of FOX and Friends, ran during 1990.