Monday, August 06, 2012

Happy 99th Birthday, Harry Jarkey!

Harry Jarkey, a Detroit TV personality and nightclub entertainer
in the late '50s and '60s, was best known for a morning variety program
called Our Friend Harry, which ran from 1957-59, as well as The Fun House ,
a children's show with Ricky the Clown. He continued his career at places like
The Roostertail and Bay City's Wenona Beach Amusement Park's casino,
where he worked for 30 years, until his retirement at age 75.
He moved to southern California in the '70s to live near another
former Detroiter and friend, Danny Thomas.

Ed Golick, webmaster of,
has put together a Happy Birthday Harry Jarkey! email campaign.

to send Harry a birthday greeting
Include your memories of him, if you have them.

Even if you don't remember Harry, send a birthday wish anyway!

Ed will compile all of the emails to send to Harry on his birthday.
Some of you may recall that we spearheaded a similar campaign for Harry
when he turned 96. He was absolutely thrilled that we remembered him.
His daughter, Linda, tells us his mind is still sharp as a tack.

For more information about Harry's TV career in Detroit, go to 

Or watch the interview that Mike Collins had with Harry in 2011:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:52 PM

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday, and God Love ya Harry, many many more!