More Fifteen Minutes of Fame:
Emails From Other "Linkletter Kids"

Art Linkletter in 1957
I must say I am amazed at the number of emails I have received from other grown-up "kids" who were once on the House Party Show during the 1950's and 60's.

What impresses me is the genuine love an affection everyone still has for the King of Daytime Television, 35 years after the show went off the air.

Here are some of the emails published with permission of the senders. And if you ever come here to read them, Art, please know we all still love you! (And please drop us a line yourself!)
- Gary Mussell

Sent: March 14, 2007
Dear Gary:

Hello my name is Larita Henderson...I used Rita Henderson when I was on the show. I was in first grade at Holy Spirit Elementary in Los Angeles. I was in first grade so it had to be around 1967 or 1968!!

I remember being so excited that we were going to meet Art Linkletter!! I remember the limo ride and even the question Art asked was a fun day that I will never forget. All the lights on the stage were kinda scary but the staff made us feel vey comfortable.

I remember as he walked over to the first person in our group. I sat anxiously waiting for my turn. Art asked me what was my favorite bible story. I said Adam and Eve. He asked what did I learn from that story. I told him I learned that you should never believe a woman because she will send you straight to hell!! The audience laughed so hard and I still remember the shocking look on my Mom's face.


Sent: March 08, 2007
Dear Gary:

Hello to all my comrades! Gary, thanks for having this forum so to speak. My name is Rochele (House) Sims. I totally came upon you by accident while trying to look for a schoolmate, Anita Cook, from Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles.

I was chosen to go on the House Party in 1969. Boy do I remember that black limo ride. It seemed HUGE and Mr. Linkletter was larger than life to me. I believe that 2 of my classmates on the show w/me were Michael Burnett and Vincent Davis. That was a wonderful experience and I remember our prizes being Schwinn bicycles and 'Ship and Shore' clothing. Then, that was as exciting as winning a car today.

The funniest thing happened a few years back when the show, 'Kids Say the Funniest Things' was still airing; my husband and daughter were watching the show and they aired my segment. My daughter couldn't stop laughing because Mr. Linkletter asked something like, if I was able to ask Jesus for anything, what would it be? My response was, I'd ask Him to fix my teeth so that I wouldn't have to wear braces. The audience found that funny but it was real for me. At the time, I had to wear braces and orthodontics must have been in it's infancy because they were all metal and I had to wear a tongue crib which was like a little "jail" that kept my tongue from pushing my teeth forward. I'd blind you when i smiled and I looked like ground hamburger meat under my upper lip because it was constantly getting caught in the braces. My friends called me, "Jail mouth."

Anyway....I do recall that there was a search for some of the House Party kids but when I contacted CBS, no one returned my call. Wouldn't it be a blast to have a former House Party kids party? Well if anyone is interested, I am too.

I am a productive citizen today. I have worked as an RN for 23 years. If anyone knows an easy way to acquire a copy of your H.P. segment, pls let me know.

Shelley (Rochele)

Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007

I was on the show in 1953-1954 from Cathedral City near palm Springs. I was known to be the class talker and therefore qualified to represent my class.

Art asked me what my father did for a job. He had been briefed that my mother had been married 8 times! My response was " Which one? I've had 8 fathers". He played that response to the hilt with a sly grin at the audience and the place rocked with laughter. I was also grounded by my mom for kissing one of the 6th grade girls from another school.

I also appeared on the "Dating Game" many years later and won! Great fun and memories.

Tom Alison

Sent: January 19, 2007

What a delightful web site. My waltz down memory lane started when I saw the "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" DVDs and wondered if I made the cut!

I was on the show in 1964 or 1965. I was10 or 11. As the first student body president of Sherman Oaks Elementary School in the San Fernando Valley, I was chosen as one of the four lucky kids. I remember the kids hanging out the windows across the front of the school when the limo came to pick us up. I don't remember the drive or the lunch or the tour - with the exception of seeing the world's largest and smallest dogs. They were featured on our episode.

Like some of the other people who were on the show, I remember what I wore, my short haircut, and my answer that got a big laugh was to the question "how old is old?" I said "30." Boy was I wrong! I remember wondering why everyone laughed so much -- I didn't see what was so funny about that.

I wasn't in any of the DVDs, but it sure is fun to watch them -- I remember sitting up on that high stage in those chairs, and the jingle they played. Seeing the toys the kids got sure brought back memories, and I think I got one of those snazzy record players. When I compare that to my iPod now...

Thanks for the opportunity to share and to read the memories of others. Unlike some of the contributors here, I have never met anyone else who was on the show. It was quite poignant to see a group of four boys on one of the episodes who were from an orphanage somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. I wondered how they turned out.

The best to you and everyone who has left their memories and bits of their lives here for others to enjoy. What a great bond we share!

Ms. Noel Craig
Thousand Oaks, CA

Sent: January 13, 2007
Subject: Another House Party Kid!

Hi, Gary! I just discovered your web site and had to write. I was on the House Party around 1964. I remember being called out into the hall at school, and a lady with a clipboard asked if I ever watched the show. I said yes. She asked if I would like to be on it. Again, yes. Then she gave me a form to have my parents sign. I went home, and very casually handed the paper to my Mom and told her what it was. She started screaming and calling people on the phone.

I actually missed the first date that I was to appear, because I caught measles. They were kind enough to reschedule my appearance.

Frank Gorshin was one of the guests on the show. I remember watching him do imitations from that waiting room for kids that was crammed with toys. They called us one by one to a little sound proof room, and asked us questions. If the answers were funny, they said that Art would ask us these questions onstage, and to try and remember your answers.

I remember going onstage, and scanning the audience for my Mother. There she was, directly in front of me. So I calmed down and focused on Art. I still remember my "funny Question".

Art: What does your Father do for a living?
Me: He makes money.
Art: Doesn't he know he can go to prison for that?

I remember when the limo took us back to school (mine was 32nd Street School across the street from USC), I had all of my prizes in my shiny new Radio Flyer Wagon! On my collar was a beautiful little pin that was shaped like a camera. I've since lost the pin, but I remember wearing it every day for weeks, until my Mother said I would lose it.

Since the show doesn't come on anymore, and Art has passed away, when I tell my kids about it, they don't think it's a very big deal. So it's nice to see postings from others who think it was as special as I do.

Karole (James) Johnson


Sent: December 31, 2006


I have been reading the accounts from so many other Linkletter “kids” on your web site. I was on his show in 1958 as a first grader from Newhope Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA. I, too, remember lunch at the Brown Derby. We were told we could have anything on the menu. Without fail, each of us ordered a hamburger! Even all these years later, I have some flashes of memory inside the restaurant.

I was asked several questions. One was, “What would you take to the moon with you?” and I answered, “Air and wa-ter”. The other questions revolved around what my father did for a living. My mother was in the audience and was very embarrassed. My dad was a carpet layer and Art Linkletter asked if he laid around on the carpet all day with some innuendo that mother joined him.

Since the crew was not sure whether I was a boy or girl, I got the toys for both… one was my favorite doll, Thumbelina.

I will always remember my experience and fortune in being selected to appear for my school. One of the other kids from my school and I were reunited in high school and spent many hours talking about that very special event in our lives.

Thank you for the opportunity to remember…

Johnna S. Gann Sampsel


Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 1:56 PM
Subject: The Christopher Awards & Art Linkletter
Dear Gary:
I am the director of the Christopher Awards, celebrating our 55th annual Awards on Feb. 26, in New York City. We will be honoring Art Linkletter with a Life Achievement Award, but Art will not be able to attend as he will be in Europe on that date. I would love to find one or more of “Art’s kids” from his “House Party” days and perhaps have them accept the Award for him and say a few words about their experiences on the show. Would you know of any East Coast “kids” I might get in touch with to discuss this idea? I am writing this from home, but you may reach me at (check out our Web site for more information about the organization). I can e-mail you the latest info about the Awards when I get back to work on Tuesday. In any case, if you know any of Art’s “kids” who live in the NY metro area and beyond (Boston, D.C., whatever), I would love to hear from you. Even if the individuals were too shy to speak, it would be nice to have them on stage or in the audience. Thanks for any help you might give me!

Judith Trojan, Program Manager
The Christopher Awards
12 East 48 Street
New York, NY 10017
212-759-4050 x.229


Re: Christopher Awards
From Judith Gaines:

To my surprise, on February 26, 2004, I found myself invited to accept an award given by the Christopher Society to Art Linkletter. I received the invitation through the help of this website, plus a recommendation from Gary, and also because I just happen to be living reasonably close to the place where the award ceremony was located: New York City. The Christopher Society was founded 55 years ago by a Jesuit priest who worried about the power of the media to promote violence and negativity. So he and some like-minded friends started this group to honor people in the worlds of books, TV and films who manage to do creative, high-quality work that's also positive and uplifting. They decided to give Art Linkletter a lifetime achievement award because of all his projects "that promote the highest values of the human spirit," in their words. I was one of the kids Art interviewed on his "House Party" program, and since Art was unable to attend the award ceremony in person, the Christophers asked me to give a little speech on his behalf. In order to do this, I arranged a brief phone conversation with Art at his home in Los Angeles. He's 91 now but still seemed alert and lively, and his voice was strong. Based on what he told me, here's the speech I delivered to the gathering of the society on the 26th, in the Time-Life building in Manhattan:


As one of the nearly 27,000 children who appeared on the "House Party" during its 26-year run and on behalf of Art Linkletter himself, I am pleased to accept this award. He is in Europe on business and unable to be here tonight. (How's that for life at 91?) But when I spoke with him on Monday, he said he preferred that one of "his kids," as he calls us, the kids he interviewed, represent him here -- because of all the things he's done, he's proudest of his work with children.

He has written 27 books, received 17 honorary degrees, served on numerous Presidential commissions and as Ambassador to Australia, pursued all sorts of business ventures. But he wants to be remembered, he said, as the guy who first gave kids a presence and a voice on television -- not as little actors or budding professional performers but just as themselves, before a live audience, spontaneous, uncoaxed, unrehearsed.

He was an orphan, a poor kid who hung out mainly at the local YMCA, he told me, and he thought perhaps one day he'd head some branch of the Y. As he grew older, he did all sorts of jobs to support himself and his young family, including a part-time gig as a radio announcer. One day he decided to interview his 5-year-old son, Jack, after his first day in school. Man-on-the-street style interviews were still a novelty then, and the listeners' response to his chat with Jack was overwhelming. They loved it!

He began doing more candid interviews on radio and eventually on television. His favorites were always his conversations with children. He found to his delight that they said the darnedest things.

For the "House Party" program, he let schools pick the participants. He asked only that they be reasonably smart and extroverted 5-to-10 year olds (old enough to be articulate and frank, he had concluded, but not so old that they're coy or cynical.) "Send me the kids you'd most like to get out of the classroom for a few hours," he told teachers who asked. They never sent him one he couldn't handle.

I met Art when I was 8 years old. A long black limousine pulled up to our elementary school on April 2, 1957, and what everyone involved, including some folks on Art's staff, still remembers about that day is that I was so excited that I lost my breakfast on the way to the CBS studios in Hollywood. I remember how kind the House Party people were at what was obviously an embarrassing moment for me. But this was Art's version of reality TV, no pre-taping allowed. The staff just managed to clean and dry my dress before the program began.

And then there was Art and the live studio audience. The four of us from Vanalden Avenue Elementary School in Reseda, California -- Gary Mussell, Ronnell Seveland, Jonathan Lee and me -- were perched on chairs on an elevated platform on which Art sat, at our eye level. He had the look of a playful and comic uncle who was enjoying himself, and hoped we were, too.

Near the end of our interview, he asked me, "What would you like to be when you grow up?" "A writer," I replied. "So if I were Prince Charming and you were Sleeping Beauty, and I awakened you in your castle and said, 'Will you marry me?' what would you say, he asked? And I burst out, "No, you're too old!!!"

If it seems odd, in light of all this, that I'm the one representing Art Linkletter tonight, I would just say what he himself knew better than almost anyone. "People are funny!" And Art, who loved us warts and all, is pleased and honored to accept your lifetime achievement award.

Judith Gaines
February 26, 2004

My Name is Danny and I was on the Art Linkletter show in either 1959 or 1060, I am not really sure, My Mother tells me that it was one of those 2 years, I have tried on a number of occasions to find out the exact date but to no satisfaction, I have even contacted the school that I attended but still no luck, I am told that the big fire at the studios has wiped out all of the records before 1966 or so, I'm not sure,

Do you know of any way that I can find out how to get a copy of the show that I was on? I remember being on the show but could not tell you the exact date, 59 or 60 I believe, Anyway, your story on your web site is great, wish I could do the same. Thanks

Danny: Many people email me asking for help to track down tapes or records of their performance, or to locate other books by or about Art Linkletter. Since I do not work for CBS or Art's LMNO Productions, I have no way to help you. (I am just a Linkletter Kid with a web site!) The addresses for CBS and LMNO are on my Main Page (left column.) You need to contact them directly. Good luck. Gary

Gary: Do have any idea is episodes of the show are available through any source? I have a very good friend, who recently suffered a stroke, was on the show during the +/- 1953 era. He speaks often of the great time he had and the bicycle that he had won on the show.
I would love to get a copy of the tape when he was on the show. I think seeing it would just boost his spirts to no end.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Richard Hoolihan

See my answer to Danny above.

... i am hoping you van help me with some mother-in-law has been desperately trying to find a book by art linkleter called "life's most embarrasing moments" can you please advise me how i can buy this book for her.i have tried so many different sites on art linletter and have no luck your help would be most appreciated
toronto, canada

Again, see my answer above. Can anyone out there help Sherry?

May 21, 2002

Gary: is there any of your readers or former art kids who might of been on the show in 1963,64 who attended ASCOT AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHO MAY HAVE BEEN ON THE SHOW WITH A DON EVERETT WHITE?
Can you let me know or send out the word?

Subject: Linkletter Kid -- about 1948
I just happend to visit your website. I, too, was a Linkletter kid sometime in the late 40's. The details of the day are a little foggy, but I do remember that it was an exciting experience...50 years later!
I was probably in the 5th or 6th grade at Harrison Street School in Boyle Heights. The school is still there, right off the San Bernardino Freeway. I remember we were picked up by limousine and taken to a very "swanky" restaurant somewhere in Hollywood. Of course, it seemed swanky because it was probably my first time in a real Hollywood restaurant. I remember Art dropped in to see us and wanted to know about some of our after school activities. The memory of the rest of the day has faded. I don't remember much of the show itself, but it was probably very funny because I remember the audience laughing (there was an audience, wasn't there?)
They gave us each a record of the show (similar to the ones you made in those recording booths on the pier). I have been looking for it for about 30 years.
One of those treasures that go out with the trash when families move. Here's a little bit of the conversation between me and Art that I do remember:

Art: And what's your name?
David: Mervin
Art: Mervin?
David: Yes, Mervin
Art: I see by your name tag that your name is David.
David: (Laugh) I just wanted to say hello to my friend Mervin who is
listening today.
Art: Very tricky, David. (in those days, it was against regulations to say hello to to someone on the air....who knows why?)

Thanks for bringing back a very wonderful memory of another era. I was raised with the radio and I am still an avid radio listener. I even work as a screener on a local radio station.
David Boin

Subject: I was a Linkletter Kid too.
I appeared on the Linkletter show when I was in 5th grade--1963-64. To this day, I have very fond memories of Mr. Linkletter. His special guest that day was Jonie Sommers...I remember our teachers (the Nuns) warning us not to talk to her because she was wearing a low cut dress! Lunch at the Brown Derby was great and we got to meet Red Skelton and Danny Kaye.

I was on the show in the late 1950's. I guess I was pretty funny because when asked who was smarter men or women I was the only one to say "Women, because when men go to the hospital to have a baby they don't get one, but when women go they get one so they must be smarter!"
Tim Glidewell
I was on the Art Linkletter Show in 1962 or 1963. I was only in 2nd grade and my memories are fading a little, but I do remember it was one of the highlights of my life. In fact, at my 20-yr. high school renunion, one of the girls I was on the show with, had fun remembering it. He offered her a million dollars to pull out her tooth, and she declined!!! I remember he totally embarrassed me by telling the "world" I kissed him back stage!
Donna Chalker-Fortney

My response to Art Linkletter's request to name my favorite food? Buttermilk.
He told me I was as pretty as buttermilk sky. Gotta love that guy!
When I was a guest on the show, I attended the Cooperative Nursery in Long Beach. I must have been 5 years old, because I had not started kindergarten yet. That would place my fifteen minutes of fame in 1960 or 1961. Today I'm an R.N. in Houston, TX.-happily married to Prince Charming for 20 years with 2 great teenagers. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Gary!
Roberta Prazak

I was just reviewing your web site on WebTV. I first appeared on the House Party program at CBS radio in Hollywood in 1947. I was in the 2nd grade at the time and the next appearance was in 1949. At that time, his assistant was Miss Proudfoot - a very attractive and friendly lady. She prepped us much the same as in your narrative, trying to glean from us our interests or any unusual or interesting material. I still remember the appearances. We were in an auditorium-type theater and Art roamed throughout the audience with his microphone in hand eliciting remarks from the ladies who were present. When it was our turn, we were each placed on a chair on a stage and Art came to each one and we were at the same eye level as he. He interviewed us, asking questions from the cards he had. When it was over, we each received a gold microphone pin and a recording. The pins were nice but the recordings were lousy - too much background noise. I think the recording industry was not fully developed at that time.
I could go into further details at this time but I do not want to bore you - just replying to your invitation to drop a line.
Sincerely yours,
Thomas E. Clanin
P.S. I forgot to tell you that our group was from the Palms School in W.Los Angeles.

The best anecdote I remember was from Brian Frobisher (who, incidentally was our class clown.) He was asked if he (at age 6) thought that he would get married. He thought so. Then Art asked him,"What makes a good wife?" and he answered, "A wife that gives ya money to go to da races!" I'll bet his parents were thrilled. Todd Phillips was asked "What scares you most?" and he answered,"When my Mom drives too close to the fence on the freeway."

Yes, when we returned to school, everyone had obviously heard about our moment of fame, and they wanted to know all about it. I'm sorry that I don't remember anything about it specifically, except that I think that the other teachers were as curious as our classmates! It was a great experience, and in the many years since, I have run across a couple of other people that were on the show, too. Thanks again for all of your efforts! It's fine with me to publish my note if you wish.
Janet Winter Blaschke

Hi Gary,

What a pleasure it was to read of the experiences young House Party kids had. I just saw on Arts & Entertainment a biography of Art Linkletter, so I thought I would do some surfin' and found myself here at your web site.

I too, was a Linkletter kid on the radio House Party back in 1949. My school, Bret Harte Elementary in Burbank, had an essay contest among the 5th and 6th graders on why we would like to be on the Art Linkletter House Party. Being a shy kid, I knew that I would not be chosen, so you can imagine the utter shock I felt when I learned that I was one of four to participate. I always thought that it was one sentence in my essay that persuaded the staff to select me: "I want to be on the House Party because I want my mother to be proud of me." How benign that sounds now, but then, I really meant it. It was not the words so much, however, but the plea between the lines. You see, the school was quite aware that my mother was very ill in the hospital, this being the gravest stay yet of several over a period of three years. I regret to say that she died later that year in November of 1949, leaving a husband and father of four kids, all who attended Bret Harte.

Getting back to House Party, the experience is fuzzy, yet some aspects of it are etched in my mine. I don't remember the limousine ride, or a meal in a restaurant. I do recall, however, going on a tour at the studio. I learned that to make horse hoove sounds, they held a metal gadget in each hand and rhythmically patted a bed of sand. To make a sound like fire, they crinkled stiff cellophane. Why this, of all things, should stay in my mind, I don't know. I don't remember interviews before the show but one of the subject matters that Art Linkletter talked about with me, he could not possibly have known without prior knowledge...and this is the ONLY thing I remember in our conversation. He asked: "Tell me, Sharon, who does the cooking in your family (I did most of the cooking)?" I was absolutely panicked and replied: "Me and my dad." At the instant I said it I realized the terrible grammar that I had used. I barely heard the next question: "What does your dad cook?" Wishing that I could levitate out of there, I replied: "The meat." Meat was very dear at that time and my answer gave Art Linkletter the opportunity to play by saying something funny about Dad not trusting me with the expensive part of the meal, which prompted a laugh from the audience. I was so cut and dry, no wits about me. I did leave, however, with a new moniker that Art Linkletter gave me...Sparkle Plenty. It was the name of a popular doll at that time, a doll with long blond hair, which I also had. Kids can be mean, and some called me Sparkle Plenty because of my weight. (Thanks, Art. It took many years to shed that name, and the weight.) The rest of the day is a blur. The next morning in school I had to stand in front of the class and share the experience...panic time again. I hoped that no one had heard the show (I was a dreamer) because of the grammar gaffe. In those days, the kids received a 78 record of the kids' portion of the show, an autographed picture postcard, and a lightweight waist-jacket. The school received a record player. I remember that a few years later on the TV program the kids really cleaned up with gifts.

All in all, it was a wonderful House Party experience. I don't know where the record is. It was very hard to distinguish the conversation on it through all the static, except for the grammar error (I can laugh at it now).

Thanks, Gary, for indulging me. Those were the days when times were much simpler. Since I have tried on and off to find two other school mates that were on the same program...Bonnie, and Billy, to no avail, I was wondering how so many of Art's "kids" knew about the audience participation on the Bill Cosby show not too long ago. If I had heard or read the announcement, this Valley girl would have been there, fer shure. I am currently living in Orange County, and if there is another Art's "kidS 'reunion,'" I would certainly like to go to it.

Sharon Couch
P.O. Box 6656
Woodland Hills, CA 91365

Here's the memories from my experience on the show. Feel free to edit and use as you wish.

John Beal
Reeltime Music Inc.
Opus Pocus Music Production Library
9601 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 340
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

June 14, 1954:

I was so young then that this trip was more like a dream than an experience. I remember being picked up from Hesby Street Elementary in Encino by a limo, driven over the Sepulveda Pass and through the old tunnel to CBS on Beverly. They placed us in an offstage room - kind of a "catch all" storage type room with a couch and some adults standing around looking at us. I remember they told us the kinds of questions they'd ask, but my young mind didn't register any repetition or formula. They told us not to look at our family or friends and to focus only on Art. It was very quiet in the waiting room, but there was excitement everywhere around us. I'm not even sure we got more than a short "Hello" from Art Linkletter before everything crackled with the excitement of live television.

Suddenly, we were on the stage. The audience was cheering. They were laughing. I could see my folks in the audience, I couldn't see anything. I could hear everything and nothing all at the same time. I don't think I had any idea exactly what was transpiring here on live television.

Our segment began, Art was asking questions and the audience was laughing - typically at things we weren't delivering for the purpose of getting a laugh. I think I was the third of four kids on the stage. My fuzzy recollection is that the person next to me got a lot of time, the audience was loving it, and I was getting excited.

There he was, kind of half kneeling by my chair! I don't recall all the questions, but remember that Art asked what food I didn't like and I responded with a monsyllabic "peas." (What a dynamic response!) Art said he had discovered "If you push them around on your plate long enough, they'll get tired and go away." Big laugh. Things were going great. But, I do recall I could feel the stress of how hard he was working with us, even at my young age.

He then asked me "Who do you think is the prettiest woman in the world?" Everyone knows that a child will usually respond, "My Mommy." Everyone but me. I said, "The Story Lady on Channel Eleven!" There was a momentary stunned silence. Then a gasp. "House Party" was NOT on (the local KTTV) Channel 11, but on Channel 2 - CBS. In those days, and the practice continues on many shows, you NEVER acknowledged there was even the possibility of another channel!

I have this imaginary vision of the sweat exploding from Art Linkletter's forehead. I don't remember the response, but he managed to extricate himself, get a laugh and keep everyone happy. Thus ended my portion of the show.

Mom and Dad got the acetate recording of the show, and I bet they still have it stored in the garage with all the other memorabilia from our childhood.

Thanks Art, for creating a special memory and thank you Gary for putting up this wonderful site.


Hi Gary,

I was on "House Party" in 1965 or 1964 my name is Raymond Adams. I don't remember much about the show eccept the limosine ride from my school to the studio and having fried chicken for lunch before the show. Art asked me about my father and as my father had left me and my mom I said "I would punch him in the nose!" I also remember recieving a baseball bat & glove and a electric horse to ride on as prizes.
Raymond C. Adams

I was on the House Party Show in August, 1957. I was known as the "Little Geographer" because I had written to all the U.S. governors and several of them watched the show! I remember being asked about the state capitols and also the best place I had ever visited, and that was "Disneyland", which was only in operation for 3 years at the time. I remember the musical guests were the "Hi-Lo's" and I met the members of the group backstage, and I also remember that I went home with a nice Lionel trainset and some flannel shirts.

I lived in Hollywood at the time at Gower and Selma and went to Bronson Elementry School, which is only a block from the studio where "Kids Say the Darnest Things" is filmed today!

R. Christian Anderson, Ph.D. (known then as "Christy Graham")

Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

I think I was on the show in 1956. I was going to Vermont Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. And they picked four from the whole school and I was one of them. I did not only went on the summer of 1956 but was called back for a Special Christmas Show. So glad someone is out there doing something to keep the dream alive that Kids do say the Darnest things. If anyone wants to E-mail me, please do. Thank you for the good old times.
Ray Puente

July 17, 2002
Hello, my name is jane johnson huffman and i was on the show in 1961. i was chosen from john marshall school in san gabriel, ca. art asked me what advise my parents had given me before the show and my reply was "they told me to keep my legs closed". they actually didn't give me any advise but, kids say the darnest things. i remember going to lunch in a limo and receiving "bashful betsy the bride" doll who has green hair and i still have her. i also received a record player, enclyclopedias and wonderful memories. is there anyway i could receive a copy of the show? my address is 204 s. orange ave, ripon, ca. 95366 and my email address is
Thanks for your time,
jane johnson huffman
July 28, 2002
Hi Gary, I JUST finished watching Art's 90th Birthday Celebration on Larry King Live...Have YOU ever heard the AWESOME POEM he recited at the end of the interview? He was asked if he ever planned to retire and he said no...and recited the poem. The POEM Began, "I never want to be what I want to be..." and was talking about how there's always something new just over the next hill and ended with the words "Growing Up" in case this helps. I've been fruitlessly searching the web for over thirty minutes trying to find it.
Can anyone out there help me?

Thank you for your terrific site. You have great taste in celebrities. Character first.
Warmest Regards,

August 25, 2002

Hi Gary, First of all, I am in new in the USA , so I didnt have the pleasure to watch Mr. Linkeletter's shows. I will read everything now..I dont enjoy B.Cosby's show as much as A. Linkletter's.
My husband said it is because the children at his time were more that right?

September 20, 2002

I loved reading everyone's experiences on House Party. I too was on the show in 1957 or 1958, as a second grader at Queen Anne Place School in Los Angeles.
I remember the other little girl was Diane Glaze, but I don't remember the two boys names. My memories are pretty good about that day. We went to The Brown Derby for lunch and met Red Skelton on the studio tour, who was my very favorite! When I saw your picture of our teacher for the day I couldn't believe it! It was her!!

I never got a record of the show and I sure wish I could find one now. My father never got to see the show because he had to work. I would love to let him at least hear it after all of these years. Oh yeah, and I really loved our prizes that day...a T.V. for our school, Radio Flyer red wagons for each of us and a Betsy McCall doll for the girls. Can't remember what the boys got.

I have never met another kid who was on that show until I found your website. (Probably because we moved to Northern California a couple of years later)

Thanks for the great memories!
Terry Wright, Santa Rosa, CA

My name is Paul Fox. I am now a physician (anesthesiologist) living in Scottsdale, Arizona. I grew up in L.A. and I was a Linkletter kid.

I was on the House Party show as one of four children from Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood. I was 6 years old and in first grade, so I think it was in 1960-1961. I have many of the exact same memories as you. Except we were taken to Dublin's Food and Fun restaurant in Beverly Hills for lunch after the broadcast (now long gone). We kids were told "lunch is on Art Linkletter and you can order anything you want off the menu to eat". We briefly eyeballed the filet mignon and lobster tails on the menu, and then each and every one of us ordered, guess what... HAMBURGERS! How did they know?

The limo ride was great. A black limo pulled up to the school and whisked us off to the studio in ultimate luxury. I remember the back seat was as roomy as my whole living room at home. They kept bringing out toys for us as the show ended. My mother was sitting in the first row, and once the cameras stopped rolling at the end of the show, Art put down the microphone and made a comment about how the studio was giving out way too much stuff to these spoiled kids! That's what she said she heard, anyway.

Art Linkletter was like a god to me, so I wouldn't have thought that, especially being the recipient. On the show, Art asked me if I liked magic. I said yes. He said what is your favorite magic trick? I said I liked in when the magician says abra cadabra, waves his magic wand over the hat and pulls out a ZEBRA. Art says, a ZEBRA, why a ZEBRA?... I thought you were supposed to pull a RABBIT out of the hat? I said, oh yeah, anybody can pull out a RABBIT, but a ZEBRA, now that's real magic!

I, too, got a 78 RPM record of the show's soundtrack. Unfortunately, it has long since vanished. No one in my family knows what happened to it.

By the way, thanks for your page on your experience. It brought great memories back all over again that had been lost and could not to be shared by anyone else I know. You made my Saturday!

Paul A. Fox, M.D.

October 05, 2002

Dear Gary;

Thanks for the site.

I was a "House Party" kid, too. It was such an exciting experience! I was a celebrity in the school for weeks before that magic day. We were picked up in a limo at Crestwood Elementary School in San Pedro, Calif. I don't remember the year, but it was between 1963-1965.

We ate at the Brown Derby. I remember meeting Red Skelton in the CBS parking lot. He was getting out of a candy apple red Rolls Royce.

I remember my surprise that the questions were "rehearsed" beforehand. They went through it several times, they were looking for us to say something "cute" or precocious. They made it known that once we decided on an answer, that was what we were to say on the show. We had a very quick session with Art before the show. He seemed in a rush and did not leave much of an impression.

During the show I was extremely nervous. The best line in our show was a red-haired, freckled face boy who was asked where he got his freckles. He said he wasn't sure. Art asked if his dad had freckles. He said that the milkman was the only person he knew with red hair and freckles.

The most horrible part of being on the show was when my entire school viewed it in their classrooms. I said something embarrassing. The question was "what do you like most about school?" I said "boys". He asked what I do when I get in an argument with a boy. I answered "kiss and make up". Everyone in the classroom roared. Boy, did that elicit years of teasing from my classmates.

The gifts were great! I was so glad that I did not get "Barbies" like some other girls had received from prior shows. My gifts were an electric organ, a table that had a chess game on the surface, and an electric hair dryer that had a stand. I used that for years, and my sister, who became a hairstylist, used it for years when she did hair in her home.

It certainly is a wonderful memory to have.

Susan Mullins Johnson

October 19, 2002
Subject: I was an Art Linkletter Kid

We moved around a lot when I was a child, and I went to several different schools, until settling into Dayton Heights Elementary School near Hollywood in the 4th grade, sometime around 1968.

I had red hair and freckles, kind of like Opie on Andy Griffith. I remember being sent into the interview for the show. I was very excited, because I used to race home on my bike after school and watch House Party, and imagine what it would be like to be one of those kids on TV. At this point, the show had gone from being called "House Party" to "The Linkletter Show".

They took a few sets of four kids from our school to appear on the show on different days. I was one of them, along with Daniel Cooper, Lisa Raspa and Dana Katayama.

I remember the four of us being picked up in a limousine at the school, early in the morning. We rolled up and down the privacy glass between ourselves and the driver several times.

We go to CBS and went on the studio tour. I remember meeting Red Skelton. He saw us quietly standing there while he was rehearsing and suddenly said, "OH! The kids!", and stopped everything to come over, shake our hands and sign autographs. I watched his TV show all the time on our black and white TV. I had never seen a color picture of him, and it never really clicked in my brain that his name was "red" because he was... RED! Not only his hair, but his complexion was red. His big bushy eyebrows were red.

We also saw Soupy Sales and Jonathan Winters. At one point, we were sitting in one of the studio audience watching some show rehearse, and were excitedly chattering between ourselves, and a gruff old voice said something like, "Get these Kids out of here!". We turned around, and glaring at us was the kindly Charley Weaver. That illusion was shattered, and to this day when I see photos of him, I think of him as being nothing like his public image.

We went to the Brown Derby for lunch, and were told we could have anything on the menu. Filet Mignon, Escargot, whatever we desired. I think all of us ordered a hamburger and fries with a coke.

We went back and were taken to a room, where a lady asked us the questions we would be asked on the show. She started us in certain seats, and it seemed that depending on our answer, we were shifted around. I ended up on the end seat, which at the time, I believed meant that I wasn't doing very well. Of course, now I wonder if it was the other way around, since you might want to build to better answers as you go down the line. It's been one of those things that I have pondered for over thirty years.

I remember being asked a question, "If you had a chance to go to Washington DC and meet President Nixon, what question woud you ask him?". I found this very odd, because Lyndon Johnson was still the President. The lady explained that the show would not be aired until AFTER President Johnson left office, and President Elect Nixon was sworn in. So, in TV land, Nixon was already our President. Also, I remember them making a big deal out of my being ten years old instead of nine. I turned ten on December 10th, 1968.

Once we had been asked the questions over and over again by the lady, Art came in. I remember being shocked by how old he looked in person. He was already made up, but you could see the deep lines in his face, all covered in makeup. I had never seen a man wearing makeup before, and this was a real shock. Still, he was friendly, but very down to business. He ran through the questions kind of matter of fact manner, listened to the answers and left. He was never unpleasant, just very businesslike.

He left, and they started taping the show. We watched on a monitor. I was still amazed at seeing what things looked like in color, having seen the show so many times in black and white.

Rosemary Prinze was the guest, and she sang "The Shadow of your Smile". Soon, the walked us onto the stage, which was fairly dark and got us in our seats.

Everything lit up, the music came on, and it was show time. I recall being caught off guard by the bright lights in my face, and the sound of my voice being amplified for the studio audience. Then the experience of giving an answer, which I just thought was an answer, and having this roar of laughter roll from the invisible audience (couldn't see them past the lights and cameras).

As gifts from the show I remember receiving a microscope kit, and a Grundig Cassette tape recorder. In 1968, people were still using 8-Tracks, so this small cassette thing was very futuristic. Nobody had ever seen anything like it, and it was difficult to get blanks. We know now that cassette killed the 8-Track, so it was a very good gift that I kept for a very long time.

When we got dropped back off at the School, things went back to normal. The show didn't air for several weeks. Finally when it did, I raced on my bike to the house and set up the Grundig recorder and made an audio tape of the show, which I still have (and need to convert to WAV format on a CD before it disintegrates). My Dad went to his Boss's house to watch the show in Color. My Mom had been in the studio audience that day, and I don't think she actually saw the broadcast.

To save tape, I hit pause at every commercial. But, when I listen to the tape now, after the kids segment, I must have been in shock, because I got a long segment of the next commercial on the tape.

I remember feeling a little stupid and self conscious at school the next day. Most of the kids were kind of in awe of us walking down the hall after having seen us on TV. I remember engaging in some kind of childish argument with one of the girls several weeks later, and her yelling at me, "Well, you looked really UGLY on TV!". It did have an effect on how the other kids related to us for the next two years until we went off to Jr. High.

Daniel and I both became best friends after the show. We both decided we wanted to be on TV again, and wanted to be movie starts. Except we really had no idea how to get on TV. The Linkletter Show came looking for us. We didn't know anything about "the biz", but still we held out hope that we would be discovered.

After sixth grade, we moved to the San Fernando Valley, and I lost track of all my friends I was on the show with. But, I did join the Drama Department and performed in the school plays. In High School, I became the school star, playing lead parts in all of the school productions. I also performed in plays at places like The Burbank Little Theatre.

Then I went back to the old neighborhood after High School to take part in an intensive Theatre training program called "The Academy" at Los Angeles City College, only a few blocks from Dayton Heights Elementary School. Over 500 people auditioned for the class, and they took 28 of us.

After finishing that program, I started to audition for professional work. I earned my Screen Actors Guild Card in 1980, and also joined AFTRA (TV and Radio union) and Equity (Professional Stage). I never became famous, but I did eventually work professionally performing in Movies, TV, Stage and Radio. Finally, around 1996, I gave it all up to run the family business after my Father passed away. But, I plan to make another run at it after I retire.

I can safely say that had I not been chosen for The Linkletter Show back then, I probably never would have even considered performing. I have always been a bit shy and quiet. I think I was chosen for the show strictly because of my Opie look at the time, more than anything else.

I was lucky enough to get on TV a few more times, but I've always considered being on Art's show as the best of all those experiences.

Joseph Sheppard

Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002

I was a Linkletter kid when I was 12-ish. It was summer and since schools were closed, I suppose the CBS recruiters went to the next best place--summer camp! I was 'doing time' at Cottontail Ranch in Malibu the summer of 68 (or thereabouts) and I guess the counselors told them I was pretty outspoken and funny. When the show was finally aired, school was back in session and my teacher at Cheremoya Ave. Elementary got the whole class in on the act instead of letting me go home to see the show.

For years I remembered exactly what Art had asked me and what I answered, but then one fine year I forgot it all. Everything, that is, except the fact that my prizes -- a Monopoly set, a hairdrier and a transistor radio -- ended up going to Camp Cottontail instead of to me. I've never forgiven CBS/Cottontail for it! It sure would be fun to see the tape today!

Carol Ungar
San Sebastian, Spain

January 1, 2003

I was on Art Linkletter's show in 1952 or 53. I went to a small school in Mira Loma, California. We were selected by our teacher who had asked us questions & I was very talkative. When we found out where we were going, everyone was so excited. We always watched the show. It was a big event for the school. They put a television in the auditorium so the rest of the school could watch. The school's Ford station wagon delivered us to the studio. I can still remember seeing the wall with the "eyes" CBS.

My mother was very excited and proceeded to coach me on what to say. That was a big mistake, for when Mr. Linkletter asked me questions I kept replying "I don't know". I think my mother still has the 78 recording of the show. I was disappointed that I got a doll. Would have rather got a train or truck. I still have the doll & the gold pin of a camera with CBS on it. Sure wish there was a picture or copy of when I was on.

Cheryl (Bianco) Blancett

January 22, 2003

I was on the show in the spring of 1953. I was a first grader at May Thompson School in Bellflower. I'm not sure how I was selected....maybe because my mom was PTA president had something to do with the best of my recollection we were picked up at school and limoed (is that a word?) to the studio in Hollywood. Once there we were taken to a room and prepped for an hour or two by some young women who basically set us up for the interview. The program itself was somewhat anticlimatic compared to everything else.....I do remember some of the what do you want to be when you grow up? a fireman. etc. etc. I got some neat prizes which my younger brother destroyed with in a few days. Overall its much more meaningful now than it was 50 years ago.

April 24, 2003

I was one of the 5 little kids on "Art Linkletters Houseparty" in 1944 or 1945 held at the Memorial Auditorium in Fresno California.

I can still remember having lunch at one of the better hotel restaurants of the day with members of his crew and receiving a $25.00 savings bond. (A LOT OF MONEY FOR A LITTLE KID IN THOSE DAYS).

Since Art was so well known; It was very exciting just to be able to say that you saw him, but to be on his show made you a school celebrity in your own right.

I'm 65 years old now, but I'll never forget what he said to me on the show!!! My father was a mailman on a walking route and when Art found that out, he asked me if I was going to follow in my dads' footsteps. HEH HEH And everyone in the audience laughed. At the time I thought that was great and still do since I did follow in my dads footsteps and am myself now retired from the USPS. Then it was officially named THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE.

Being on The Houseparty was an experience to remember and talk about when we are looking back at times gone by.

Thanks for the opportunity to tell about it !!!!!

Bill Stith

May 14, 2003

My minutes of fame took place in Oct/Nov 1968. I remember riding in a limo with the other kids chosen from my school to CBS studios. I remember the dress I wore. And the prizes! The coolest wagon, a dollhouse and a gift certificate for 5 pair of shoes from Buster Brown shoe stores. I remember Mr Linkletter being so nice and very funny. I received a very special pin to wear on my dress too. I was 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. I realize that it was an honor to be a guest on Mr. Linkletter's show.


July 25,2003

I, too, have fond memories of my day. I remember it well because my show was aired November 21, 1963 - the day before President Kennedy was killed.

I remember because my mother was picked out of the audience for something and her program was actually supposed to air the next day, but as we all know, nothing aired THAT day but the news. So her program was rescheduled and aired in February, I believe. I was only 7 so I don't have great memories.

I do remember having hamburgers in the fancy restaurant and being asked the same questions over and over and actually being given "suggestions" to answers if I didn't know a good answer - for instance, they asked us "what is communism?" One boy had a great answer but the rest of us had no clue. It was one of the best memories I have as a child. I felt so "special" and still do, I guess. I would love to get a copy of the show if anyone knows how.

Thanks for the memories.

Tonjua Hayes

October 20, 2003

I was a student at Woodlawn Ave Elementary School when I was on his radio show, it had to be in the mid-40's. I also remember the nice lunch we had at a restaurant. In those days the children did not get any gifts but the school got a radio that went into the attendance office. I'm 65 years old now and maybe one of the oldest past Linkletter kids. I was a very shy kid and was wearing a Mickey Mouse watch and he asked me if I could tell time and I said yes--then he asked me what time it was and I couldn't tell him---I was so embarrassed.

Dennis Berry

December 23, 2003

About 1948 or '49, I remember my entire family sitting around the radio listening to Art Linkletter. I wrote the studio, asking how my school could be selected to be on Mr. Linkletter's radio program. (This was obviously before he was on TV.) I remember giving my school principal the letter that I received from the radio studio. A few month later, a group of students from my school (West Covina Grammar School, later renamed Sunset Avenue School) were selected to be on the program. (My brother was one of the kids selected. Since I had enabled the school to be chosen, my feelings were hurt because I was not selected, but I was told that they wanted younger students for that particular show.) A year later (late 1949 or early 1950), I was selected to be on the show. My parents drove me to the studio in L.A. The children were taken into a small room and were interviewed by a lady. Later, Mr. Linkletter came in, carrying notes taken by the lady, and briefly interviewed us. After the show was over, we were given a recording of the show (I don't recall any other gift) and were returned back to our parents to be driven home. (I still have that record, but now don't have a record player to play it on.) Mr. Linkletter was very warm and kind to us. Naturally, my family continued to follow his career in radio and, later, TV and movies. Fifty-five years later, I still have special feelings about that day and Mr. Linkletter.

Thanks for establishing this site.

Janet Hammerlund

Hi –

I was on the show twice, in about 1955-56. Evidently our little neighborhood play group, from Fullerton, was so entertaining that we were asked back. My mom told me that I was the youngest child that was ever on (to that point I guess). I was 3. I remember the bright lights, being told not to wave to my mom in the audience though I could kind of see her and I did try to wave anyway at which point she gave me the “mom look.” I still have 2 big baby dolls that were given to kids who appeared. Though I moved away from California when I was in middle school, and now live in Virginia, I think that being on the show has always made me feel like a real Californian.

Claudia Vandermade

Feb 2, 2004

Hi Gary,

I just found your site. It's interesting to hear from other folks who also got the thrill of being wisked away in a limo from school. I know that the show I was on was to be aired around Christmas of '65 or '66 (I think '65). I attended Burnside Avenue School, which was renamed Saturn Street School sometime in the 1980s.

We were picked up in this monsterous vehicle with about 100 seats, and taken to CBS. It was only a 15 minute ride. When we got there, we watched the show on monitors in some sort of room, then we were ushered into the studio during a commercial break. Then, the next thing I know, there is a huge camera in my face, and I am talking to a man named Mr. Linkletter who looked a lot like the guy that I saw on TV...but he was real. He asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I think that I said a chemist, physicist, or engineer (I ended-up an engineer), he looked at me and my belly and asked me why I didn't want to be a fireman. My mother had warned me that he sometimes tried to 'get a rise out of kids', and at this point I think she knew what was coming and held her index finger to her lips where she was sitting in plain view. Well, I said I didn't want to be a fireman, and Art said well I should consider it because I was so soft that I wouldn't feel the fall from a ladder. I remember wanting to sock him in the nose, but I would have had to deal with Mom, so I stayed cool.

I loved the prizes: a couple of pairs of slacks, a croquet set, and a plastics lab. The plastics lab was the best. They instructed you to put all kinds of plastic in your kitchen oven to experiment with. There was a metal mold for making a styrofome boat. You poured the beads into the mold, screwed it together, and baked it a half hour. I can't imagine any company today telling a kid to put something like that in the same oven that was used for food. It sure was fun though.

I think we did the show, then we went to Dupar's in Farmer's market for lunch. I believe that I had a grilled cheese sandwich and french fries.

I'm going to contact the LMNO Productions and see if they can locate a tape for me. I'd love to show it to my kids.


August 21, 2004
Hello, Gary:

Here is my Linkletter kids story. I wish I had photos!

Imagine the excitement of being in first grade and anticipating the adventure of being on Art Linkletter's House Party! What does a 6 year old need for such an occasion? A new dress in a soft yellow stripe of polished cotton with a full skirt and petticoat, new socks and patent leather shoes. An opportunity to sit in a chair at school when everyone else except fellow House Party goers was relegated to the floor. Not to mention the anticipation of being inside a real television studio! What more could any little girl hope for. While expectations may be different today, in 1958, a few minutes on one of America's favorite television shows was a good as it gets.

My mother excorted me to CBS studios on 3rd and Fairfax. Once there, we found our way onto the House Party set, an auditorium which seemed huge! There on the stage were the folding chairs for the four chosen children. Television was live in those days, and the stage was filled with rolling cameras, a live band and lots of bright lights. Wow! Was I impressed!

I was so excited I could hardly sit still waiting for Mr. Linkletter to come ask me my name. "Susie Wittorf", I said when it was finally my turn. Mr. Linkletter was talking to Rita Dignam who was next to me. She was from second grade. Mr Linkletter said, "So, Rita, will you marry me when you grow up?" Rita replied, "Oh, no, I'm going to marry a man who has a horse!" "I will marry you," I volunteered.

A moment later, Mr. Linkletter was asking me questions about the Easter Bunny, as the Spring holiday was fast approaching. "What color is the Easter Bunny?" he asked. "White," I replied without hesitation. "Oh," Mr. Linkletter said, "how did I know?" "Well," I began, "I saw the bunny last Easter. I had to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and there he was in the hall!" I reported. Mr Linkletter continued, "How do you suppose he got so white?" "Well, he probably uses Dove soap," I said.

After plenty of laughter, my turn was over. But Dove was the show's sponsor at the time which probably accounts for my being invited back for a second and third appearance. During my tenure, I acquired my first camera, a Tiny Tears doll, and a bright red wagon among other things. I was delighted. I generously gave my sister the wagon. The favorite of all of the gifts I received was my little gold CBS pin. It was a little movie camera. I wore this pin often, although I wore it upside down because I thought it looked better that way! Of all of my elementary school days, nothing comes close to the fun I had on House Party. (The field trip to Helms Bakery for a chocolate donut and a miniature loaf of bread was a distant second.) Thanks for memories, Mr. Linkletter and House Party!

submitted by Susie Wittorf Andruk

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
My name is Cynthia Lynn Winchester Coffman and I was a House Pary Kid in 1961 or 1962. I was in the first grade and remember being chosen because I was the "talkative and personable one".

I too, remember being picked up in a big limo and going out to lunch. We ate at the Brown Derby and I remember seeing Red Skeleton.

Morley Amsterdam was the special quest and my mother was picked out of the audience to share a funny story with him.

We were all made to feel very special and coming from a family of five kids it was great!!

We were asked our ages and I started to say that I was six and a half but I stopped and said "just six" Art Linkletter got a kick out of it saying something about that extra six months made a big difference now but I wouldn't want to add them later. Now having just turned 49 I know exactly what he was talking about!! The girls were given a funny bride doll with green hair and the boys were given a Lionel train set. We each got a record player, a House Party Pin and chocolate drink mix. Our School was given a television. I remember the school being thrilled. It was Buena Park Elementary in Buena Park, Ca.

I was lucky enough to have gotten the record of the show but not the tape. Sure would love to see it. Just last year my older sister admitted to me that she has been jealous of my fifteen minutes of fame all of these years. You see she thought she was going to be a star and couldn't understand why I was picked. I don't recall thinking much about being chosen. I thought it was because I was the best speller in my class, but today I wouldn't trade the experience of the House Party for anything in the world.

I want to thank you Gary, for the opportunity to share and read these wonderful memories. If any of the other three that were on with me see this, please contact me.

Cindi Coffman (Winchester)

September 24, 2004


Your story is SO similar to mine. I was 5 years old, in kindergarten when this happened in 1954 and was invited back two more times. I was chosen from 29th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles.

The principal of my school, Mrs. Engdall, was contacted by NBC and the Art Linkletter House Party Show. They were looking for a student for the kid portion of the show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. She picked me. I don’t know how, I don’t know why.

I remember the limo. My mom and I went to the studios in Burbank and we filmed the show. I was taken backstage into a room with 3 other kids and to the best of my recollection, the woman in charge of us was grouchy. I don’t know why I remember it this way. Anyway, she told us to be funny, to listen to the questions and answer them and always be nice to the man who was asking the questions. We were paraded out onto a stage set up with old fashioned desks and all four us were bug eyed and nervous. We took a desk, boy/girl, boy/girl, and waited. Soon music started, there was an audience and on the sidelines, a man in a suit was getting his face powdered with a great big make up puff by a very obese, perspiring man. I giggled. I’ll never forget the pink-faced man trying to put make- up on the other guy. It was so comical to me. Now it’s an everyday occurrence!

The “other guy” turned out to be Art Linkletter. He asked lots of leading questions, the audience laughed and we were all clever little kindergartners feeling very special. He talked about our mommies and daddies, and asked me about my long curly hair, my dimples and what I wanted to be when I grew up. I distinctly remember telling him that I wanted to marry a millionaire, I wanted a Cadillac and I wanted twins. Well, needless to say, I’m still waiting for my millionaire.

The Art Linkletter show was a big hit. They gave my school a television set, and in those days, that was a BIG deal! There were lots of prizes for me. I still have my viewer set, ancient as it is. Mom and I and the other kids and their parents went to the world famous Brown Derby restaurant for lunch in a limo. Very hoity toity. Old Art invited me back for a couple of more shows. It was quite a highlight in my young life. As a matter of fact, many years later, in the sixties, my aunt called from New York and said they were playing reruns of the show and I was on TV! Now how freaky is that? I mean, come on! We’re talking 15 years later! It was pretty funny. Years later I contacted the studios to get a copy of the shows but they had destroyed them, I was told. Too bad. Still, my four kids and my grandchildren get a kick out of my stories!

Well, thanks for the memories, Gary. I thoroughly enjoyed your website! I've always felt a strange closeness to Art. It would be great if he recognized your efforts. They were truly good times.

Gloria "Cookie" Warren

October 29, 2004
Hi Gary,

I was one of those kids as well – probably from around 1963 or so. I don’t recall much from that particular day, except for what happened to my friend Rubin.

There were 5 of us from Clifford Street Elementary School in LA which were chosen for the show. While we were back stage, the producer (I think she was the producer) asked if anyone needed to go to the bathroom before going on stage. My friend Rubin was the only one to raise his hand. She took Rubin in one direction and the remaining 4 of us went in the other direction – onto the show!

It seems that only 4 kids are out on stage at any one time – Rubin was the one who didn’t make it out there.

Michael McKee

January 1, 2005

I attended Lanai Road Elementry School in Encino. I appeared in 1969, and likewise was picked to go on the show as I was the kid my teacher wanted out of the class for a few hours. The Black Limo ride and all that led to a quick tour and a CBS pin.

Backstage waiting for our groups turn we threw paper airplanes on stage. As everyone got a free lunch my question was. What are you going to eat at lunch, as Art Linkletter picks up the tab. After three hamburger orders, I said a club sandwich. And asked why I said it was the most expensive thing on the menu and you were paying. Then Art said who told you to say that. I said my Mom. She was very shy and quiet sitting in the audience with my dad. She turned so red, and couldn't wait to get a hold of me. How embarrassing for her. Sorry Mom.

Great gifts. Boogie board prototype, globe, mouse trap game, and a tape recorder. I am now 44 with a 5 and a 10 year old girls. Kids do say the darndess things. Thanks for the fun website!

Dennis Weisberg

February 24, 2005

I too am an alumni of ALHP (Jan. /1959). I still have the Tonka trucks that I received on the show as prizes and their original boxes. Your web site brings back a lot of fond memories. Though our recording of the interview has disappeared over the years,I can still remember the questions that Art asked me and my responses. Thanks again for the web site.

Glenn Faulk

March 10, 2005

I was on House Party when I was in Kindergarten. My name then was Terri Trice and I lived in Garden Grove, Ca. It must of been in 1962. I don't remember a lot (I don't even remember the name of the school or of my teacher!) It was a long time ago!!

I remember the limo ride, when you are 5 or 6 it looks huge!! Another kid chosen to be on the show was my next- door neighbor, but I don't remember her name. Frankie Lane was his guest that day. The question I was asked was : What is your favorite food?: My reply was " TV dinners." I remember I was really scared so maybe thats why I don't remember a whole lot. We had lunch at the Brown Derby, I think I had a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich (I was so daring back then.) I got a "Larry the Lion" as my gift and a CBS pin that said " Art Linkletter's House Party" on it.

Now, I'm a 48 year old grandmother of 3 and living in PA. I was so happy to find your website!! Had no idea something like this existed!!

Terri Wehry

March 24, 2005

Do you know if many kids were on House Party twice?

Our school, Katella Elementary (Orange, CA) sent eight kids (me included) on May 25, 1966. Those two shows, at least, weren't broadcast live. "Our" shows were taped for broadcasting on July 4 and 5 (or perhaps July 5 and 6) of the same year. They were also later seen in re-runs as reported by relatives of mine in the midwest who unexpectedly caught me a second time in my "first" show.

Then, in fall of the same year, the producers requested four of us back for a Christmas show that was going to be aired on Dec. 23 (the closest broadcast day before Christmas). We were asked to study up on the Christmas traditions of a particular country (mine was Holland) to share on the show. Other than the Christmas "report" aspect, the rest of the show experience was generally the same for us as it had been the first time around. One different component, though, was that in the earlier shows, the two quartets from our school were grouped by age/grade; the older group was in the first show, we were in the second. In contrast, the Christmas show featured two younger kids and two older kids (they were sixth graders--quite ancient in my book at the time) in the same quartet.

Our principal, Mr. Tremble, always told us that we'd been asked back twice because we were so well behaved. Hmmm....whatever the reason it reinforced for us that we'd *better* be well behaved for the second show.

We all seem to remember the "funny" things we said, and my memory is no different. The first show I was asked by Mr. Linkletter, "What is the best thing a member of the opposite sex has done for you?" I said that my boyfriend loved me and that was pretty good. He questioned me, leading me into a description about my boyfriend ("Is he in your class?" "Is he in the studio audience today?") His leading questioning eventually got me to reveal that my boyfriend was my daddy--and the audience was pleased. So was my Dad--he hadn't planned on being able to attend the taping but at the last minute, unknown to me and Mom, he got a brief time away from the plant where he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry (everyone's dad worked in that field, it seemed) and showed up at the CBS Studios.

I remember the studio tour ahead of the show with the "teacher." We were told exactly how many of those CBS "eye" logos were on the walls in the front lobby and we got to see Red Skelton's studio. I also recall realizing that "school" wasn't really very school-like, but the toys in the room were a lot of fun to play with. We had the chance to watch a portion of the first quartet's show being taped from the backstage broadcast room and I had the thrill of seeing my Mom picked out of the studio audience by Mr. Linkletter for participation in one his interviews/games; it was her birthday and she's always been a good-looking woman so I think that's what did it.

I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant we went to for lunch; from others' memories it looks as if it varied. I do believe we had to drive to get to it--we didn't walk to the restaurant. What I do remember is our folks being impressed with where we were going and all jokingly telling us ahead of time to order steak--but instead we all chose hamburgers and fries, except one girl who got fried chicken.We did all order sodas, though--and that was a treat, if you can imagine it, in those days.

Does anyone else remember driving with their moms after lunch to the side of the studio where the "prizes" were kept and then getting the goodies from the guys in that warehouse area? Our gifts from that first time around were four Small World Dolls for the girls (I'm not sure what the guys got), a "crazy" round skateboard with rotating wheels and a globe. My Mom also received a prize since she'd been featured from out of the audience at the show that was taped ahead of mine; she got an electric toothbrush and I thought that was the neatest thing. At the Christmas show I got four Small World Dolls (more of them! I turned them in at a neighborhood toy store that evening, unopened, to trade in on a Mattel doll with moving lips and a pull-string to make her talk), a Monopoly game and a $25 savings bond--which I finally redeemed only a few years ago. I felt like a really wealthy nine-year-old.

I think the prizes were dependent on what types of in-kind support the various show sponsors had given to the studio at the time. The second time around we explained that I'd already received four of the Small World Dolls and the guy let us go through several shelves of toys to see if there was anything else I'd prefer. Of course, in the long run the prizes weren't what made being on House Party fun--but the prizes are what the other kids were jealous of when you went back to school!

The toy prizes are long gone and I don't think Katella Elementary School still has the upright (Baldwin?) piano they were given for our participation. But I still have my two House party pins with the CBS logo--do all the rest of you have yours, too? And, of course, I have the memories of those two special days.

I was impressed by Mr. Linkletter, even though he seemed so rushed in the pre-show interviews. I even got his signature, on the air, on a stuffed leather "autograph hound" that I brought with me. At the Christmas taping pre-show visit in his office, I remember seeing that his eyes looked quite red and I thought he must be really tired, but once in front of the camera he lit up and sparkled like the enthusiastic man he is. I've followed his career and volunteer work through the years and retain the utmost respect for him and what he believes in--and how he follows through on those beliefs.

Thanks for letting me share. Not many folks ask me about this these days (gee, I wonder why they would?) so it's been fun reading everyone else's memories and realizing that mine aren't much different.

I've never met anyone else who was a Linkletter Kid, but I'm up here in the wilds of Northern California and there aren't many of us here who shared the Southern California childhood I so enjoyed. Though my husband points out that he, too, was an Orange County kid and he'd never heard of anyone else being on the show...I just think he's jealous of the Monopoly game prize...

Is there a "registry" for Linkletter kids?

Tonya (Bassett) Dale

Tonya - I think this website is as close to a "registry" as you will find! I get email from other Linkletter Kids at least 2-3 times each month and this is five years after I started the site. Feel free to contact those those have given permission for their stories to be published here. And no, to my knowledge, Art has never looked at this site nor acknowledged our efforts. (Be aware some of the older email address may no longer be functional.) Mrs. Fitzgerald (our teacher for the day) saw it shortly before she died and loved what we were doing (her site is linked to this one.)

July 19, 2005
It was interesting to read your site from Paris FRANCE where I live now.
When I was at Hesby STreet Elementary School in Encino, my teacher told me she almost picked me to go on Linkletter’s show but instead she sent one of my good friends DEBORAH SHAPIRO because she was more outgoing than me.
Later I found out she was a doctor living in Israel. If you happen to hear from her, please send her mail to me! It must have been about 1966 that Deborah was on the show.

Carol (Gudikunst) NEGIAR

Nov 3, 2005
I was on the show in the summer of 1965 - just before my 10th birthday. I was one of four kids flown to CA from Philadelphia, PA, in a summer during which Art had 4 kids from 10 major cities on the show - to celebrate the 50th anniversary of YM and YWCA's, for which Art Linkletter was a sponsor. I have been trying for years to locate the others--Glenn Ely, DonnaMarie Gremillion and/or Roger Perry. Have them contact me if they read this!

Tracy Mellor,

Nov 14, 2005
Just last night I was speaking to my husband about my “15 minutes of fame!” In 1958 I was one of 4 kids from Blessed Sacrament School in Hollywood, CA invited to House Party. My dad was a young Pediatrician, my mom a stay at home mom. Dad was head of pediatrics at a local Catholic hospital having gathered as many nuns and priests as he could to watch the show, live in the auditorium!! He was so proud and so excited!! Art Linkletter asked me to describe my favorite Bible Story. I began to tell the story of Adam and Eve; first man and woman on the earth. God told them not to eat the apple from the tree. Upon disobeying God they were punished! Art Linkletter asked me how they were punished….. My response: “He turned them into Protestants and sent them to hell!” Oh my gosh, the laughing!! Thinking I was telling the absolute truth, I turned around to see if there was a clown or something similar behind me causing the laughter… No, it was at me. Embarrassed for years and invited to appear on “People are Funny” and a reference to my response in Kids say the Darndest Things, I now can look back and laugh myself! It was great fun!

I’ve seen the show several times up to high school or maybe even college days. I’m told the tapes were lost in a fire. I hope not. If anyone can direct me, I’d so appreciate it.

Best regards to all my fellow Art Linkletter kids!
Catherine Magnall

PS: Coincidentally, many years after the show my parents joined a twosome on a local golf course and after 18 holes dad discovered they both were camera men for CBS. Both remembered the episode!! I was home from college at the time and met them at our house!!! So funny!

P.P.S. Second part of the "15 Minutes of Fame":

As I mentioned, in 1958 my dad was a young pediatrician and very proud of his very new practice in LA. As did most doctors in those days, Dad and his partner alternated taking Wednesday afternoons off. Each would cover for the other's patients. (Important to mention, this "routine" had been in effect for a month, maybe two before the House Party episode.) Without more than a couple of nickels to rub together, Mom and Dad had been invited by one of Dad's former professors to the Turf Club at either Hollywood Park or Santa Anita (can't remember which one) This thrilling event occurred the Wednesday prior to the show. I remember them to have been VERY excited for this wonderful invitation!

Art Linkletter asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I quickly responded, "A nurse!" Art Linkletter then asked me why. I responded, "Well, my dad is a doctor and every Wednesday he goes to the track and someone has to watch his patients!" Well, I could here my grandmother exclaim, "Oh, Cathie!!!" Again, the howls! I now can only imagine what the nuns and priests gathered in the hospital auditorium had to say to Dad about that comment!!! I seem to recall he was quite embarrassed and the story lived for many years!! While LA seems like a big city, I seem to remember the story recalled by so many people from so many parts of my parents' lives!!

Now, a mother of two girls (ages 25 and 21) I think about that day and wonder just how I would have responded to my 2 memorable comments.... I honestly can't say. I hope that I would laugh hysterically and shake my head saying, "That's my daughter" just as Mom and Dad did. My oldest daughter has a very similar personality as mine was in those days. She keeps me in stitches!!

Subsequent to House Party I was invited as an on-stage guest of Art Linkletter's People are Funny where my stories were re-lived. A game was played and I had to correctly answer questions about an animal routine that I watched on-stage. For every correct answer, I won a prize! I think I answered all but one question correctly!! Oh, so proud! Two of my very favorite prizes were a life-sized playhouse (furniture and all!) and a peddle surrey with the fringe on top which of course I offered rides on for all my neighborhood friends!! Of course, for a fee!!! :-)

I am now 54 and own a medical staffing company, sort of a tribute to my dad I suppose, and the most wonderful physician this world has ever known. He passed away 4 years ago after a long and hard struggle with Dementia the last 10 years of his life.

Thanks Gary for the opportunity to share these experiences with you and a group that truly understands and appreciates the great time we all had!!! I will continue to visit the website and should you want to organize an "alumni" of sorts, I'd be happy to help!!

With Very Best Regards,

Dec 15, 2005

Hello Gary...Just happen to be surfing the net and got to thinking. I was on the Art Linkletter HouseParty Show in February, 1954. After my parents decided I was quite the child brain trust, I met with Jack Linkletter who introduced me to Art. After showing what I could do, they decided to put me on the House Party show, where I recited the Lincoln's Gettysburg Addressat the age of on Lincoln's birthday.

I had a severe cold the night before, so my mother called the Dr. and he made a house call, (rare now!) and he gave me a penicillin shot. Well enough to perform, but still not 100%,I remember I as I stood up on stage after the introduction and said in my nasal tone, "Four score and seven years ago".....

I tried to get a copy of the Kinescope, but as you may know, it deteriorates over a period of time, so I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to view a bit of personal history. However, I do still have an article written up in the Evening Outlook newspaper which brings back fond memories.

Take care..

Miles Kaufman

Dec 29, 2005

I was on the show in 1964 or 65. I went to Fullbright elementary school in canoga park. I wore a baby blue mini dress with matching go-go boots. My parents were in the audience and art spoke with my dad ,Norman Fox, about being a prisoner of war in ww2. The buzzer went off during the interview and my dad won a tv.I dont remember saying anything very interesting, but at the end of the show when they brought out an electric ride on horse, i rode it. We met tony bennet and billy barty. We also went to the brown derby with Art after the show. Some of the other gifts from the show were six pair of buster brown shoes, a toy beauty salon, paper dolls, and of course the ride on electric horse. It was a thrill to be on the show.

Jane Fox

Jan 9, 2006

I was on House Party Tuesday, November 28, 1958, as part of a group of four boys from North Hollywood, California's YMCA "Indian Guides" Being it was just after Thanksgiving, Art asked each of us about what we liked about the holiday. When he came to me, I was the biggest kid and a somewhat chubby 7 year old, he asked me what part of the turkey I liked best. I responded, "All of it" Art laughed and patted my stomach and said, "I can see that you do!" which evoked a good laugh from the audience.

I recall getting my prizes, one of which was an A.C. Gilbert Chemistry set in a large HEAVY metal case which I had to carry all over CBS Television City. One of my grandmothers did not have a television set, so her next door neighbor invited her over to see me on national TV! She lived in a tiny town of 600 in eastern Ohio, and was so proud she send a small article to her local newspaper about my appearance, which I still have. Thanks for sharing all the memories

Jerry Arnold
Terre Haute, Indiana

Feb 25, 2006

I was on the House Party in 1954. I had been to Disneyland the day before, the first week that it had been open, and my parents overslept. I had to get dressed in the car and we were late. I remember being met by a lady and then joining the other 3 kids for a question and answer interview prior to going on the stage. We were asked what was the funniest thing we ever saw our mother do. Well, I never saw my mother do anything funny. I could not come up with an answer. The other girl said her mom had worn the bottoms of a pair of shortie pajamas out to dinner because she didn't have any clean underwear. That sounded good to me, so I said that my mom had done the same thing. Well, when Mr. Linkletter asked me the same question, I realized my mother was in the audience and would know I was lying. And she really wouldn't be funny on the way home. So to get him to move on to the next kid and leave me alone, I told him his teeth were yellow. He moved on. My family was so mad at me for that. I have never heard the end of it. His teeth weren't yellow. He was really quite nice, and I have always been sorry I said that. I hope he sees this because I wanted to apologize to him for that for many, many years. I didn't get to go to the Brown Derby.

Alexa Jane Napier,
Riverside CA

Mar 13, 2006


I saw your article about being a Linkletter kid and it brought back all kind of memories for me. I was a Linkletter Kind in approx. 1967 (not exactly sure of month and year) and I was either a fifth or sixth grader at Walgrove Elementary School. The show had a theme of kids that had recently immigrated from other countries. I was a little 10 year boy from England and was lucky enough to be chosen for the show.

Clive Hambrook
Austin, TX

Apr 26, 2006

My name is Thomas Clanin and I appeared on the radio show twice, representing the Palms School in West Los Angeles, the first was in 1947 when I was in the second grade and again in 1950 when I was in the fourth grade. The lady who did the warmup and accompanied us was Julia Proudfoot, a name I kind of privately snickered at. We were at CBS on Vine st. in Hollywood at the old studio.There were two boys and two girls ,but I can't for the life of me remember their names.

I was always interested in nature and at that time was engaged in the care and feeding of caterpillars of various species like the monarch and swallowtail butterflies as well as the gulf fritillary and mourning cloak butterflies, so of course Art asked me exactly what I did, and I remember saying that I watched the butterflies as they emerged, and he asked me how I knew when they were ready and I replied ," I can see the color of their wings through the crysallis. Art then said, " A crysallis huh? I haven't seen one of those since I was in Sears Robuck! " That got a laugh, then he went on to the next kid.

For my efforts I received a golden CBS michophone pin and a record which was of such poor quality that it was hard to make out the conversation over the background hum.

By 1950 I was out of butterflies and into crawdads that we used to catch by the dozens in Sawtelle creek and of course I mentioned that and I guess it probably shocked a lot of people and felt sorry for my mother. I couldn't help it we just did boy things, and back then there were still a lot of vacant fields and open country in West Los Angeles.

I sure would like to contact Art for old times sake and thank him.

Thomas Clanin

June 21, 2006

I was on the Art Linkletter Show when I was in second grade probably 1967-68. My name was Aprile Terran and I was from Victory Blvd. School in North Hollywood.
I remember sitting on a tall stool and answering questions. I think I said something about my dad eating spinach and getting mad like Popeye.

Aprile Boettcher

July 18, 2006

I was a child interviewed on Art Linkletter's House Party. When Art came to me he asked me, "When your mother calls you do the pigs start coming?" (Meaning "soo-ey" as people call pigs.)

Thank you for the memories!
Kathy Suey Engel

July 19, 2006:

I attended Laurel Hall School in North Hollywood from 1967-1973. During the spring of 1970, myself and 3 other kids from the 3rd grade were selected to appear on Art Linkletter's show. I remember the actual show aired in mid-July of 1970, and it was taped at the NBC studios in Burbank, not CBS.

I also remember his son was a co-host of the show, and one of the other guests did actual paintings on the heads of pins, if you can believe that! For appearing, I received 5 gallons of Carnation ice cream and a Sears Spyder 500 5-speed bicycle (cool!).

Michael Craft
Las Vegas, NV

Aug 25, 2006:

I was on Art Linkletter's House Party in 1962. We were a group of 2nd graders from the "local neighborhood elementary school" that always appeared at the end of each show.

We got picked up in a limo in the morning, driven to CBS television city in hollywood. Took a tour, then went to lunch. We went to a holding room with toys, then they came to get us. What happened in the limo and the holding room is a lost memory.

We went to the stage and they assigned us a seat, mine the last on the right. Finally we are presented to the live audiance and 3 cameras, with Art and a long micraphone. The audiance applauds, as he tells everyone where we came from: Cantara Street School in Reseda. The he asks us our names one at a time.

He asks a few questions, then asks a final one: "whats the thing you hear most at home?" I had no answer, cause my mom worked nights and my dad worked days, so there wasn't much talk between them during the week. So he said he would come back to me.

As he came back and asked again, I said "MARK (my brother), DINNER!" yelling!

Everyone had a good laugh, and the show ended with him showing us all the toys we were getting for being on the show. Afterwards, we were moved back into the limo (the toys in the trunk) and back to school.

By that time, it had started raining, so I had to wait a couple of hours to get picked up..

Stuart Locascio

Oct 9, 2006

1963 or 1964 was the year; I was about six years old. 15 minutes of fame? Perhaps that was the total television time? The whole day was so full of so much. First, walking to school earlier than normal (Westchester Elementary School near LAX - so close that today Parking Lot C is the area where the school was razed). The black limousine ride with classmates Martin, Christina and another girl (Sherry?) was pretty quick up Sepulveda to the CBS television studio. An interviewer rehearsed several questions and the clearest memory of the studio was the warmth of the absolutely glaring lights which also emitted a low hum.

The audience was difficult to see at first although eye adjustment to the bright lights enabled a glimpse of four members of my family (mother, father and two siblings). The audience roared at times as Art Linkletter engaged each of us in light conversation. My questions:

Favorite sound - helicopter (living near LAX that is believable)
Favorite smell - women's perfume - the women cooed at this innocent remark

All children should be so lucky to have this experience at such an early age.

John Kirkpatrick

Oct 17, 2006

I was in kindergarten at Fair Avenue Elementary School in North Hollywood. I remember being picked up by a limousine - there were 4 kindgarteners & 4 sixth-graders (i believe) chosen from our school. we 4-year-olds sat on the floor of the limo in front of the older kids - a backrest popped up from the floor - & I remember thinking it was rather unfair.

During my childhood, my parents had the only 2-story home on the block, & the hallway window just outside my bedroom gave us a full view of the next-door neighbors' back yard. a large italian family lived there at the time. here is the only exchange that I remember:

Art Linkletter asked me, 'What do you think grown-ups do all day while you're at school?', & of course I knew the answer. i replied, 'sit around the pool & drink beer all day!' I do remember the expression on his face, eyebrows way up, as he turned to the audience, but frankly I didn't understand why everyone was laughing.

You should know that my parents are Jpanese immigrants whom I have never seen drink, so i can only imagine how horrified they must have been. They still have the 3 gifts I received for being on the show: a yellow & white transistor radio, a monopoly game, & a croquet set.

wishing you all the best!

Miki Fujita Davis

Oct 18, 2006:

I just finished reading all of the stories from the other kids that appeared on Art Linkletter's House Party. I too was one of the kids. My show was taped in September or October 1960. I attended Mitchell Elementary School in Garden Grove, Ca. My teacher's name was Mrs. Osgood and our Principal was Mr. Best. I remember riding in the limousine to the CBS studio with my parents following in their car. When we reached the studio we were separated from our parents and given a tour of the CBS studio. Like everyone else during the tour we were questioned at length by the staff (obviously to create a script for the show).

I remember Art asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up? To which I replied I wanted to be an astronaut so I could go the moon. He then asked what I would bring with me when I went to the moon? I said I would bring a blanket because the moon is cold and some milk because I might get thirsty. The other question Art asked me was did I have any instructions from my parents as to what I was suppose to say on TV. I told him my dad told me to tell him that he had a very boring show. At that point the audience out in laughter and Art made my dad stand up in the audience while the cameras turned to him. Needless to say, he and I both made our television debut that day.

The only gift I remember getting was a Radio flier wagon and my school got a television set and a 16mm film of the show (which they have long since lost or destroyed).

Thanks or bringing back the fond memories of that day.

Ben Lux

Kim recently appeared as Mr. Bowden in the "Waste Not" episode of "Numb3rs"(2006) and also as Judge Chris Hannah on the series "Crossing Jordan"(2006). He appeared as Senator Phelps in the ABC series “Commander-In-Chief” with Gena Davis.

Kim has also appeared in numeropus films over the past ten years and he is one of the faces on the Union Bank of California billboards around the Los Angeles area as the ‘Bank of William.’

Nov 24, 2006

I was selected as a House party candidate in 1961 from Holy Name of Jesus School on Jefferson blvd in Los Angeles.

What a wonderful time that was by all - yes, I will try the CBS archives site to see if the tape does exist.

I remember being swooped up in the big, black limo at the school grounds and whisked away to the studio. The prep work by the staff – hair and make up and checking to see that Myrna DeCouds’ dress didn’t crackle to loud due to the starch her mother put in it. Michael Ina, Patrice Gaspard and Myrna and myself were asked questions and produced answers that were palatable to the staff and we were on.

The questions were wonderful and he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said a fireman. And he said “what if there was a 10 story building on fire and I climbed to the top and got to the window and there was a “fat lady” so big you couldn’t carry her down, what would you say?” I replied, I would say “Fat Lady” I can’t carry you down so you have to climb down yourself”… Well the crowd went crazy and on the recording we had, the laughter went from the end of the front side all of the way on to the start of the other. And then we had the biggest hamburgers I had ever had in my life. What a treat! Gifts and more gifts and more gifts! I do so enjoy sharing this with you and hope this site continues to grow…Welcome all of you Linkletter kids!

And now that I am an actor, who has been back to the CBS studio more than a couple of times, I know the work and energy that Art really put into his show!…

Thanks again,

Kim Estes (

Dec 31, 2006:

I have been reading the accounts from so many other Linkletter “kids” on your web site. I was on his show in 1958 as a first grader from Newhope Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA. I, too, remember lunch at the Brown Derby. We were told we could have anything on the menu. Without fail, each of us ordered a hamburger! Even all these years later, I have some flashes of memory inside the restaurant.

I was asked several questions. One was, “What would you take to the moon with you?” and I answered, “Air and wa-ter”. The other questions revolved around what my father did for a living. My mother was in the audience and was very embarrassed. My dad was a carpet layer and Art Linkletter asked if he laid around on the carpet all day with some innuendo that mother joined him.

Since the crew was not sure whether I was a boy or girl, I got the toys for both… one was my favorite doll, Thumbelina.

I will always remember my experience and fortune in being selected to appear for my school. One of the other kids from my school and I were reunited in high school and spent many hours talking about that very special event in our lives.

Thank you for the opportunity to remember…

Johnna S. Gann Sampsel

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