Art Linkletter's death on Wednesday at 97 brought back fond memories of his visit to St. Petersburg more than eight years ago, when he helped to dedicate the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg's new building. While he was noted for recounting the "darndest things" that kids said — and indeed regaled us in the breakfast crowd with a bunch of them — his funniest story that morning was about a visit to a nursing home, or as we used to call them in an earlier time, the old folks' home. Linkletter, sure of his celebrity status, went up to a resident and asked, "Do you know who I am?" The resident studied his face for a moment, then said, "No, but if you go to the front desk, they can tell you." On this page, which is usually dedicated to the serious thoughts of adults, we wanted to honor his passing by sharing some of the wisdom he drew from the mouths of babes (these are from his book Kids Say The Darndest Things). Jim Verhulst, Perspective editor
Any brothers or sisters?
A two months old brother.
How does he behave?
He cries all night.
Why is that, do you think?
He probably thinks he's missing something on television.
Who talks the longest on the phone in your family?
What does she talk about?
Mainly who she's going to beat up next, and I'm high on the list.
What does the saying, "a wet blanket," mean?
It's the blanket the baby lies on.
What does the expression, "The grass is always greener in the other fellow's yard," mean to you?
That's easy. He's using better fertilizer than you are.
What do you think your mother wants most?
To go back to bed.
How can you tell if a person's smart?
Ask him questions, and if he doesn't know the answers, he's stupid.