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A Chapel Hill Tribute to Art Linkletter

by Charly Mann

Today, May 26 2010, Art Linkletter, one of the kindest and most gracious individuals I ever met died at 97. In 1957, at the age of seven, I was fortunate enough to be one of the children he talked to on his very popular CBS television show, Art Linkletter's House Party.

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Comments:

Bob Boyce      11:18 AM Mon 5/31/2010

Thanks for bringing back some wonderful childhood memories. My sister and I used to watch Art Linkletter with my grandparents in the late 1950s when we all lived in Dogwood Acres.
 

Walter Newton      2:58 PM Fri 5/28/2010

I love the eclectic nature of this site. I never know what to expect when I check in every couple of weeks. Great macro photos of Chapel Hill's smallest residents, and a tribute to Art Linkletter because there is a Chapel Hill connection. Good Job!
 

Andrew Ray      10:52 AM Thu 5/27/2010

This show was a few decades before my time, but I must say you certainly were funny in your encounter with Art Linkletter. I became interested in Linkletter because he was a good friend of Walt Disney and I have read two biographies of Disney that talk a lot about him.<br \><br \>Since there is a photo of you in Disneyland, you may interested to know Linkletter hosted the opening of Disneyland in 1955 - and it&#39;s 50th anniversary in 2005!
 

S. Hilton      9:19 AM Thu 5/27/2010

The best thing for me about Chapel Hill Memories is how well it brings back the full dimension of a time and place. I wish we had people like Art Linkletter today hosting television shows. Now everything is sex and sensationalism.
 

Gail Young      8:46 PM Wed 5/26/2010

You seem to be the Forest Gump of Chapel Hill. The exploits in your life are so amazing and diverse. I look forward to reading about more of the interesting people you have been connected to.
 

Bob Jurgensen      6:52 PM Wed 5/26/2010

It is indeed a great loss and a very sad day - I remember watching his shows back then and they were so much fun but I never knew you were on his show Charly - that is so great! I bet you got to ride an airplane to CA too! He sure had a way with kids and seemed to know exactly what to say and how to react to get the audience howling with laughter. We will miss Art Linkletter and all he represented. Thanks for sharing this with us Charly.
 

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