Radio and TV personality Arthur Gordon Linkletter (1912-2010) was born on this day in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Adopted at age one-month, his adoptive father was an evangelist and young Art learned about audiences by participating in revival meetings.
"The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence," said Linkletter who began on radio in 1944 and successfully turned to television.
He appeared live on CBS's House Party for 26 years, five days a week, and won an Emmy award for best daytime show. NBC's primetime People are Funny, aired weekly for 19 years, won three Emmy nominations, and consistently ranked in the top 10.
"Humor is absolutely one of the greatest medicines,'' he explained. "It wakes up the part of the brain that releases natural pain relievers."
Awarded ten honorary doctorates for humanitarian and youth work, he served on the Presidentís National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse Prevention and wrote dozens of books.
"No one can keep from aging, but there is no need to grow old," observed Linkletter who inspired millions with laughter and eternal optimism. "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out," he said.
A traveling lecturer and advocate for senior citizens, he revealed his secret for boundless energy and longevity: "Stay busy and do things that make people appreciate you and what you have to give."
Do more. Celebrate life's many blessings.