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What would God want with a dead dog?

TV legend Art Linkletter died this week at 97.

A Canadian immigrant, Linkletter was an orphan, adopted by “a one-legged preacher.” He left home at 17 and bummed around America as a hobo —”a great way to see this great country,” he noted.

He went on to become one of the most famous voices on radio in the 1930s, successfully making the transition to television in the 1950s. As Stephen Moore noted in this week’s Wall Street Journal, the most enduring of his hit TV shows was “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

One of Linkletter’s personal favorites was the comment of a 7-year-old boy whose dog had recently died.

“Don’t be sad because your dog is up in heaven with God,” Linkletter said, attempting to appease the youngster.

“Mr. Linkletter,” the boy responded, “what would God want with a dead dog?”


Comment from Clint Cora
Time May 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

I remember his Linkletter encyclopedias when I was a kid.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time May 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

The one I remember seeing on his show involved interviewing some kids from a parochial school. He asked one child if their family had a dog, and the child responded that they had–some specific breed which I’ve forgotten. “Oh, is he pedigreed?” asked Art. The little boy replied, “No, he’s Catholic.”

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