Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Life is what happens while you are making other plans!"

If you have 7:25 minutes to watch the following video, please do, you won't regret it. The days of a simple life are forever gone!

Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. In his autobiography, Confessions of a Happy Man (1960), he revealed that he had had no contact with his natural parents or his sister or two brothers since he was abandoned when only a few weeks old. He was adopted by Mary (née Metzler) and Fulton John Linkletter, an evangelical preacher. Later moving to the United States, he graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While he attended San Diego State, he played for the basketball team, and swam for the swim team. He had previously planned to attend Springfield College, but did not for financial reasons. He later served for many years as a trustee at Springfield College, and donated money to build the swim center named in his honor.

In 1963, Linkletter became the endorser and spokesman for Milton Bradley's Game of Life. His picture appeared on the box with the statement "I Heartily Endorse This Game", and also on the $100,000 bills featured in the game.

In 2005, at the age of 93, he opened the Happiest Homecoming on Earth celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of Disneyland. Half a century earlier, he commentated on the opening day celebrations in 1955. For this, he was named a Disney Legend in 2005.

Linkletter was once a spokesman for National Home Life, an insurance company. A Republican, he became a political organizer and a spokesman for the United Seniors Association, now known as USA Next, an alternative to the AARP. He was also a member of Pepperdine University's Board of Regents. He received a lifetime achievement Daytime Emmy award in 2003. Also, he was recently a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the council ended in November 2008).

Linkletter has received honorary degrees from a number of universities, including Pepperdine University and the University of Prince Edward Island.

In early 2008, Linkletter suffered a mild stroke.

Art Linkletter died on May 26, 2010 at his home in Bel-Air, California. He will be buried in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Linkletter had one of the longest marriages of any celebrity in America (it lasted for 74.5 years, until his death). He married Lois Foerster on November 25, 1935, and they had five children: Arthur Jack (known as Jack Linkletter, a TV host), Dawn, Robert, Sharon, and Diane. He was also a good friend of Walt Disney.

Linkletter survived three of his five children. He lost two of his children to violent deaths. His 20-year-old daughter, Diane Linkletter, died on October 4, 1969, by jumping out of her sixth-floor kitchen window. Linkletter claimed that she committed suicide because she was on, or having a flashback from, an LSD trip, but toxicology tests done after the incident detected no signs of LSD use, and it is quite likely that the drug played no part in her suicide. Linkletter spoke out against drugs to prevent children from straying into a drug habit.[citation needed] His record, We Love You, Call Collect, recorded before her death, featured a discussion about permissiveness in modern society. It featured a rebuttal by Diane, called Dear Mom and Dad. The record won a 1970 Grammy award for the "Best Spoken Word Recording".

His son Robert died in an automobile accident on September 12, 1980.

His son (Arthur) Jack Linkletter, (November 20, 1937(1937-11-20)–December 18, 2007 (aged 70)), died from lymphoma.

We will never forget you Mr. Linkletter, God speed! VN8

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let my people go . . .

Where is Moses when you need him? The reason I'm asking? Ever since FDR and the "New Deal" the American people have been surrendering to captivity. You think that statement is extreme? Well it's kind of like to the story of the frog in a pot of cold water:

The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually. According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; an actual frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, a variety of 19th century research experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is gradual enough.

Americans have slowly but surely been allowing our Constitutional Rights to be eroded to the point that we don't even remember what those rights are any longer. It's a crying shame and I say to each of you that read my blog or stumble upon my blog, "Let my people go!"

We are tired of the tax burden, we are tired of other countries telling us what "we" need to do to satisfy their own needs. I for one have struggled with "isolation" but I wonder if we could turn back the hands of time, if that might have been a better path for our Country to take?

Today, I was at a clients and we turned on the TV and I saw Mexican President Felipe Calderon sharing his views with OUR Congress on his opinions of US Federal Immigration Law and his opinions of Arizona's State Immigration Law and I've got one question for you, how did he get that gig?

I was so infuriated when Hugo Chavez addressed the United Nations some months back, lambasting the United States, it took me a couple of weeks to cool my head over his negative opinions and it's time to wake up people. When someone condemns the United States and her laws, her actions, they are condemning each and every one of you. We are collectively the United States of America.

It's time to stand up and collectively say, "Let my people go!" We are not going to support a government who continues to infringe on our Rights and enslave us to world leaders who want to dictate to United States citizens what we should and should not do. Watch the video attached, pause the video if you need to, observe the politicians who applauded and gave the standing ovation to Mexico's President and remember them the next time they are up for election.

As for President Calderon, what are you doing in your own Country to stop the violence on your own soil, what are you doing to create jobs in your own Country so that your own people do not want to flood our borders looking for a better life endangering our border agents?

The backs of the American people are about to break and when the last straw that breaks the camels back falls, I stand with proud American Patriots, we will take our Nation back, we will be free!

As for the ban on assault rifles, I have one thing to say, we will not give them up and there is a reason they call them "assault" rifles! VN8

Thursday, May 13, 2010