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.

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,...

November 24, 2018

The slaughter of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh was exclusive evidence of the the regime tied to hatred, divisiveness, and antisemitism.

As a Jew, and as a prisoner of war in Germany, I have recounted this in many different ways. I have written about it in my book, "But You Made the Front Page", and on the pages of this website.

There has been, on this site, for sometime, the account of the Yad  Vashem award dedication, which I attended. The...

October 25, 2018

A new documentary about an act of heroism at the POW camp I was in 1945 has been produced. It will be shown at a dinner in New York on December 3.

This documentary Reveals an act of heroism performed by a a master sergeant from the 106th division That saved the lives of, perhaps, 200 GIs who are Jewish.

I was one of them.

Please take a few minutes to watch this  Important film. I will be in.New York for  It’s first official screening. I would e...

October 17, 2018

Just a quick note to tell you how happy I am to be able to use the marvelous technology of today to say thanks. No doubt, you've heard from many "old friends" like myself over the years...people who spent whole swatches of their childhoods watching, playing along and learning from you. I'm 68 and am a proud disciple of your efforts from the late 50's into the 60's...having watched you on channel 5 in NYC. I'm sure the legions of your followers have bored yo...

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.

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...

May 23, 2018

On April 29, 2018, a group of 14 graduates from James Madison high school , starting as far back as the 1930s, were inducted into its “Wall of Distinction’”. Those inducted on this occasion Joined those previously honored. Including Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and five Nobel laureates! This group, that I was part of, included several who were older than I am, and whose qualifications far exceeded mine.

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May 15, 2018

Mr. Fox,

I was watching a show on email about the Battle of the Bulge and your name and face came up. I recognized you right away. I called my wife in to watch it with me and told her I recognized your name and face.

You see,Mr. Fox, I was stationed onboard the

* USS Compass Island from 1962 till 1964 at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and I remembered watching your show on TV -- That was 56 years ago. I do remember you had a kids show and why I was viewing your show...

April 24, 2018

Dear Mr. Fox,

May I ask that you please indulge me? I have a story I think you may be interested in which both indirectly and directly involves you and my family on several levels.

For background, I have recently begun to piece together a memoir of my mother, Millie Diamant Silverstein, who passed away at age 98 a little over three years ago.  She was born in the east end of London on December 7, 1916, during the German bombings of WWI. Her family immigrated...

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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.

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