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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.

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...

July 2, 2018

Dear Sonny,

Tonight I'm sitting around reminiscing about my childhood my mother and my father and my brother were all gone now and how good life was when you're young and your parents are around the guide you and to be your friends. I was thinking of you and Wonderama I would always make sure I got up Sunday morning to watch you. I remember the amazing Randi how great you were with the kids. I still remember that show with Bobby Kennedy and a girl in the aud...

September 4, 2017

When I was a kid we were poor, and my parents were not much for indulgences even if they had been fiscally able to provide them. I took a lot of teasing over my clothes and house, over our car and the knock-off toys i did have, but every Saturday morning I  turned on just for fun, and sat and watched in breathless anticipation for some child to stand with their arms wide as you whisked toys up up up into their arms till  the toys spill over,

the toys sp...

July 24, 2017

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RUTH

Hi there. I stumbled upon this website and oh boy, did the memories come flooding back. I was lucky to have been on Wonderama somewhere between 1964-1966. Do tapes of those shows exist anywhere? I'd love to be able to share them with my kids and grandson. I remember feeling like you picked me as the star of the show. I was interviewed on the couch, I was chosen to sit on steps in the ai...

March 8, 2017

​​​​Former Intern For Sonny Fox, Marian Baylin, shares a heartfelt letter to Sonny describing what Wonderama meant to her and other Wonderama Kids.

Dear Sonny,

Thanks for sharing the Observer article with me. It was great hearing you talk about Wonderama and about snippets of some of your life experiences sandwiched before and after the show.

Currently, you speak more about other subjects now in your lecture series and talks.

So I did shep some nachas, reading...

January 24, 2016

Winning a Prize for Telling Sonny the Best Joke of the Day on Wonderama Inspires Fan-Turned-Writer, Jim Valley, to pursue a career in Entertainment. 

Dear Mr. Fox, I hope you’re doing well. I, like hundreds of thousands of others baby boomers remember youfrom hosting Wonderama back in the 60’s. I was one of the lucky few who got to tell you a joke,back in ’66. I remember it like it was yesterday....

January 13, 2016

Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio, Shares his Memories of His Appearance on Wonderama. 

I just listened to the podcast you did with Gilbert Godfried recently and I was inspired to write to you. It was a great interview and I look forward to picking up your autobiography. You’ve truly had a wonderful career and I’m grateful to you for it.

In 1965, when I was 10 years old and in 5th grade, I was one of what was probably thousand...

March 7, 2015

Young Jeri Greenberg Flubbed Her Joke, but Sonny's Lesson was Key: Have a Great Time.

I was in the audience, aka screaming nuts, not once but twice. Somehow my mom and dad secured tickets at two separate times, but i really have better memories of the first time because I was with my favorite older cousin Randy. (second time was with my younger sister, she was a brat then and still is,,lol)

I remember getting all dressed up to go into NYC, as you did bac...

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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.