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Art Linkletter was a family-friendly radio and television personality who incorporated ordinary people into his broadcasts with comic results.
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He has since become a national anti-drug spokesperson, serving on the President's National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse Prevention, and as president of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Abuse Education and Information, Inc.
In addition to his success in the entertainment industry, Linkletter has made remarkable professional strides in the business sector. As president of Linkletter Enterprises he boasts assets that include numerous oil and real estate holdings. Linkletter has been awarded ten honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities for his humanitarian work, and his continuing campaign against drug abuse.
Art Linkletter returned to television in a 1998 production of Kids Say the Darndest Things, which he co-hosted with fellow funnyman Bill Cosby. On May 26, 2010, after a full and fruitful life entertaining both the young and old, Linkletter died in his Los Angeles home. He was 97 years old. Linkletter is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters Dawn Griffin and Sharon Linkletter; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
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