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Art Linkletter, RIP
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May 27, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Genial television host Art Linkletter has died at 97.

I was on the "Kids Say the Darndest Things" segment of his House Party talk show, where he interviewed four grade school children, back around 1969 or 1970 when I was ten or eleven.

I contrived some lines that got pretty big laughs from the studio audience, but, truthfully, I was a little too old, knowing, and show-offy. For example, before our appearance, the lady producer asked the kids to say what they thought were the definitions of various words, but I knew what all the words meant, except "boudoir."

I suspect the little me was fairly insufferable. It`s a testimony to Mr. Linkletter`s famous amiability that he didn`t throttle me on nationally syndicated television.