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.

August 13, 2019

In 1947, Harry Truman, who was then president due to the death of Pres. Roosevelt, decided to run for the office.

Most Americans had only a vague idea of who Harry Truman was, so when he decided to run for president, I was approached by some of his supporters to do a recording that would bring Truman a man into better focus.

In pursuit of that I went back to Topeka, Kansas, where Truman came and ended up producing a record called a man from Topeka; Harry Trum...

June 6, 2019

As you are all aware, June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when allied forces landed back on the continent of Europe which, since 1940, had been occupied by the Nazis.

The principal landing site was known as Omaha Beach. On D-day + 90, I was deposited on Omaha Beach to catch up with the war. By the time I arrived we didn't have to wade in the water onto a beach, fishing fire on the hill above. We did not have to face live fire from the concrete instal...

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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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