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



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


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.

September 11, 2018

Wonderama hosts a 15 minute in depth discussion by the children on the April 3, 1960 Presidential primary. 

August 13, 2018

In the July 8th 1957 Edition of Time Magazine, there was a very positive review of Harry Truman's visit to my Let's Take A Trip program. I am delighted to share it with for your enjoyment.

January 13, 2017

The New Yorkers was a new two-and-a half-hour

daytime talk Variety show that WNEW decided to premiere

in the fall of 1968.

I was asked to host it--the proviso was that I would 

walk away from Wonderama. I hadn’t  considered

doing that—I loved doing it throughout its eight-and-a-half- year run.

I finally ag...

November 1, 2016

This precocious little brown-eyed girl had it all figured out.  

November 1, 2016

 5 ball in the side pocket!

November 1, 2016

"I'm gonna work in a toll booth, so I can raise the toll!"

October 31, 2016

Senator Robert Kennedy answers questions from the Wonderama Kids. 


Forty Years in Television: A Conversation with Whoopi Goldberg

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The show Speak Out was a weekly discussion among teenagers, which occasionally featured guests such as Senator Robert Kennedy. The show was the first of it's kind where teenagers could discuss and be heard on issues that touched their everyday lives.

Sonny visits a children's birthday party in the Bronx.

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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.

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