Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wisdom and comic relief

Art Linkletter: Art died of natural causes at the age of 97 on May 26, 2010 at his home in Los Angeles, California.  I hope he got as much joy from his life as he gave in the early years of television with House Party, People Are Funny and Kids Say the Darnedest Things and other ventures (causes, endorsements, entertainment)  He was abandoned as an infant, adopted and raised by a one-legged preacher and his wife.  He was raised in a poor but happy home, rode the rails, maintained his honesty and became hugely successful in entertainment and, it appears, marriage (74 years).  He is the author of 16 books.  He was a naturalized U.S. citizen.  He was conservative in his views, opposing the liberal AARP and speaking out against socialism in America.  He said,

"We've become a rich country because of freedom. Freedom. The ability to speak and worship and do business and run your own affairs and have a limited government which promoted enterprise, in the early days, instead of trying to run everything -- like now."

I like these quotes from him:  "I have a good marriage, which reduces a great deal of stress."

"To be married happily you have to have a sense of humor and you have to communicate. Don't go to bed mad. In other words -- and this is very important: You can disagree, but you don't get disagreeable. That "a-b-l-e" is the big difference between disagree.

He called his kids (five of them) his "Links."  Very appropriate I think.

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