Jerry Lewis Retires from Telethon – UPDATED

For so many of us, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon has been part of our earliest memories, a steady and dependable marker in the year. I am 52 years old. I cannot remember a time when Lewis and the telethon were not around.My parents would keep the telethon on all day while firing up the last barbecue of the season, and we kids would hector them to be allowed to phone in a pledge. We'd go about the neighborhood picking up spare change and tally it up, just like the big board on tv! In that way, … [Read more...]

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

My husband and I were just flipping through the channels and found the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. It was the local portion of the show, and we didn't stay long; we'll send in our contribution this week.I believe I have contributed to this charity every Labor Day Weekend since I can remember, either by asking my parents to send in my pennies, or by volunteering at the Telethon centers, and in various fund-raising affairs. Now -and since I was 20, I guess- it's just "send a … [Read more...]

Jerry Lewis – Magnificent Bastard

Lewis is not getting an honorary Oscar for his film work - some of his stuff I love, some I can't watch, but he certainly was prolific and innovative - but at tomorrow night's Oscar festivities he'll be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his years and years of work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.It's certainly well-deserved, and perhaps long overdue. Lewis has worked tirelessly - and often very quietly - for the MDA and for those afflicted with muscular dystrophy for … [Read more...]