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.

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.

On Your Mark - ABC-TV's very first Saturday morning show in 1961. The show was a weekly competition where children answered questions about "what they wanted to be when they grow up."  For example if the winner wanted to be an Astronaut, they won a trip to Cape Canaveral, now Cape Kennedy, to visit with real Astronauts.

Publicity sheet for children's show "Just for Fun".  

The Movie Game was a syndicated daily show, produced in Hollywood, which Sonny hosted in 1970 for the first six months of its life. This episode's guest stars included Army Archerd, Sharon Farrell, Greer Garson, Rowan and Martin. Through Variety columnist and co-host Army Archerd, we were able to get such luminaries as John Wayne and Bob hope. 

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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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