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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.

April 13, 2018

The day after the news of Chuck McCann's death appeared. I received when I can only describe as an emotional outburst from a friend of mine, Steve Friedman.

Steve came into my life as a photographer always seem to be at press conferences for covering stories in which I was involved my performing years. Even after I stop being “famous", if I was around, he still made me feel famous.

What he wrote  seems to be in the voice of all who watched Chuck, I asked him...

April 4, 2018

Hi Sonny - I am a 68 year old rower living in Charlotte, NC. Our boat club has a Vespoli Double named the Irwin "Sonny" Fox, obviously named for you. I do not know from whom we purchased the boat, but I have often wondered about the name. I looked you up and discovered your name was Irwin. 

I just wanted you to know that your name lives on, on Lake Wylie.

Enjoyed Wonderama!

Jay

Dear Jay,

Ah, immortality sails in strange ways...

I have no idea how I came to be afl...

March 17, 2018

Dear Mr. Fox, I am in the middle of your book and words cannot describe the many feelings. Also, I was on the show as a kid in 1965 and Gary Lewis and the Playboys were also on that day.

It was a once in a lifetime experience that I shall always cherish. Much love from Bronx USA.

Thank you!

Dear Robert of the Bronx,

Thank you so much for your interim review of my book.

It is now serving an entirely surprising purpose in my life; as my 92-year-old brain begins to...

February 20, 2018

Mr. Fox - Just a note to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the pleasure you brought me during my childhood. I watched Wonderama religiously. Sunday morning my father would say "It's time for Sonny Fox in his funny socks!" and we'd watch all 4 hours together. THANK YOU for all the great things you have done. Warm regards - Nicholas

Dear Nicholas,

It continues to please and astonish me to receive notices yours after more than 50 years of my departure fr...

February 13, 2018

Take a look at the co-inductees, and you will understand why I feel genuinely modest about my accomplishments! 

The event is open to anyone interested. Hope you can join me.

January 29, 2018

After I left as host of $64,000 dollar Challenge, CBS's big money game show prime time Sunday night program, I was approached by Goodson - Todman, the most prolific producers of game shows, to start hosting pilots for some of their new television productions,. By 1958, I started being their go - to guy as guest host for some of their prime time and daytime shows when one of their regular hosts went on vacation or became ill. By 1958, there was one week when...

January 16, 2018

Late last year, a 14-minute documentary commissioned by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, was produced about Jewish prisoners of war in a German prison camp whose lives were spared through the heroism of a non-Jewish fellow POW. This was a story that waited more than seventy years to be told. 

Roll over the picture or clink below for a link to the documentary:

https://vimeo.com/198357872

I was one of those prisoners. In the documentary, I am joined by...

November 13, 2017

On November 13th, I was a guest at a fourth-grade class in a school in Oakland, Ca. I attended at the invitation of its teacher, Natalie Babcock, who learned from my beloved’s granddaughter, Athena, that I would be visiting her and her parents that weekend, which included Veterans Day.

It turns out that Ms. Babcock’s class had been studying the war in Europe,; the Germans, the Nazis and the swastika. All of which resulted in my showing up on that Monday morn...

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...

August 19, 2017

On April 29th, I returned to Madison High School, from which I graduated in 1942, to meet my ‘kids’ and revisit the world of Wonderama. There are some great photos from the studio of Steve Friedman already on the site, but also on hand that day was Madison graduate, Steve Mekler, who asked permission to video the proceedings. Although not of professional quality, if will allow you to share some my thoughts looking back half a century later.

My thanks to Stev...

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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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