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.

January 5, 2019

Dear Mr. Sonny Fox,

I'm sixty-eight (68) years old - soon 69 (3 Feb 2019).  There was Mom and Dad, the first three (3) daughters and then me, Janine and Denard.  It was always Denard who informed Janine and me about your show. Denard first told us about this new tv show the Sandy Becker Show. My brother told the entire neighborhood...who in turn started to watch the show. Then, sometime later...Denard informed us about another new show...Wonderama with a guy...

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...

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...

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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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