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                      ©2018 Sonny Fox 

Hear Obama's remarks as he eloquently calls us to the lasting principles that define us as civilized people, and as Americans.

 

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Sonny returns to Madison High School to meet his 'kids', and revisit the wonderful world of Wonderama. 

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For the first time, learn about an act of heroism in a German prison camp that helped save Sonny’s life—and that of many other GI’s.

August 13, 2019

In 1947, Harry Truman, who was then president due to the death of Pres. Roosevelt, decided to run for the office.

Most Americans had only a vague idea of who Harry Truman was, so when he decided to run for president, I was approached by some of his supporters to do a recording that would bring Truman a man into better focus.

In pursuit of that I went back to Topeka, Kansas, where Truman came and ended up producing a record called a man from Topeka; Harry Trum...

June 6, 2019

As you are all aware, June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when allied forces landed back on the continent of Europe which, since 1940, had been occupied by the Nazis.

The principal landing site was known as Omaha Beach. On D-day + 90, I was deposited on Omaha Beach to catch up with the war. By the time I arrived we didn't have to wade in the water onto a beach, fishing fire on the hill above. We did not have to face live fire from the concrete instal...

May 27, 2019

I was eight years old. Dad was in Advertising for Y&R at the time and bought commercial time for his clients. He was not shy about using that leverage to get tickets for a taping for Wonderama. He even let me take a day off from school. On this particular day Debbie Reynolds was a special guest. She was promoting her new movie “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” For the song, the producers needed a couple of kids top sit on a faux tree stump while Ms. Reynolds da...

May 27, 2019

Every Saturday night during their season, hundreds file into studio 8H, at NBC in radio city, to watch the taping of Saturday Night Live. As I sit there enjoying the comedy and commentary, it is likely none of them has any idea of the origins of that studio.

A friend of mine, Lucy Johnson, formerly VP of CBS daytime for 14 years, is preparing to re – release a book of the role in 1936, the studio played where the NBC Symphony Orchestra  ( which I'm sure...

April 21, 2019

Upon the recent passing of Charles Van Doren, the infamous contestant of the quiz show scandal in the 1950s, Sonny discusses that part of his life with Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre on Gilbert's podcast. 

 

April 11, 2019

Sonny shares some personal reflections at Easter/Passover time. 

Between the ages of five and, perhaps, nine, I apparently decided that I was God’s eyes on   the streets of Brooklyn.

I apparently was infused with the concept of sin and the consequential punishments from God. Whether I learned  that  at the synagogue or, more likely, at home, the consequences of offending God were obviously swift and serious.

As a result, when anyone on the street sa...

March 7, 2019

Back in the 1960s, before we had CD players and another such apparatus, I was contracted to produce a children's vinyl record. One side of that record had several kids talking about the concept of God in their lives.

The most important lesson I learned was that children can understand God in biological, physical terms, but could not not deal in the concept of God. The idea of God to exist in the child's mind has to be fleshed out with very specific character...

January 19, 2019

Yesterday Nancy and I, decided to give ourselves a quiet afternoon, during which we chose to screen The Cowboy and the Tiger.

   

I was not prepared for my reaction to it. It had been some years since I had seen it, and it was as if I was seeing it for the first time.  Right away I was charmed by David Wayne's personable lead-in to the story, then I was impressed with Paul O'Keefe's underplaying of his role. Then with "Twelve-Hundred Miles" I was su...

January 5, 2019

Dear Mr. Sonny Fox,

I'm sixty-eight (68) years old - soon 69 (3 Feb 2019).  There was Mom and Dad, the first three (3) daughters and then me, Janine and Denard.  It was always Denard who informed Janine and me about your show. Denard first told us about this new tv show the Sandy Becker Show. My brother told the entire neighborhood...who in turn started to watch the show. Then, sometime later...Denard informed us about another new show...Wonderama with a guy...

November 27, 2018

This is one of the loveliest productions with which I’ve ever been involved, The Cowboy and the Tiger. This was produced for CBS - TV in 1963 as a one hour special. It features Jack Gilford, and David Wayne who narrates, and plays many characters.

The story is about a nine year old cowboy in Texas, who wished he had a horse, but no one would sell him one because he was “just too little”.

His relentless quest brings him to the zoo in Central Park New York,...

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A NOTE FROM SONNY

As many of you already know, I receive a steady stream of messages from my ‘kids’ recalling their memories of watching, or participating in, Wonderama and Just for Fun, the two multi-hour weekend TV shows I hosted on Ch 5 in NY in the sixties. I am always delighted—and amazed—at how vivid your recall is over these many decades.

Last week I received the first of two e-mails from someone I had not encountered before. Dr. Lori Sweetwood wrote of how, every Saturday, she watched Just for Fun, and reflects, in her message on the moment when the child trying to open the mystery chest when the one of the thousand keys he/she started with actually works. At that moment we stopped all other proceedings and started piling the successful  child’s arms with a seemingly endless  supply of games.

It is her reaction to that event which spoke to me on so many levels. With Lori's permission to post, please start reading her first message, continuing on the fan blog page, and rejoin me after for my thoughts provoked by her intensely personal recollections.