Several years ago when I worked with the great people at Midland's Centers for Children and Families, I lobbied and lobbied and lobbied for us to contract with Art Linkletter to come in and be our guest presenter for one of the first "An Evening With ..." fundraisers, in 2003 (the same year Henry Winkler proved such a wonderful speaker).
My insistence was met with repeated cries from the committee of "No, Art's too risky. He's 90. He might die."
Today, sadly, they all turned out to be right. Seven years late. But right.
America lost one of its cultural institutions today. A wonderful man who with his program "Kids Say The Darnedest Things" made you smile and see that laughter in -- and brought by -- children is one of the most precious things on earth.
God Bless Art Linkletter.