Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Jerry Lewis' Last MD Telethon
As an aficionado of Dean Martin- I'm keenly aware probably almost half of Dino's career involves another guy named Jerry Lewis.
Jerry- the guy who has hosted those Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons on Labor Day in September since I've been a teenager.
According to reliable reports- this Labor Day MDA Telethon from Las Vegas will be Jerry Lewis' last.
At age 85- Mr. Lewis is suffering from a number of health problems- and the 21+ hour grind of the live telecast was becoming simply overwhelming.
The telethon has also been reduced this year to 6 hours- 6 p.m. to midnight- in a new format.
Last year- nearly $59-million was raised- Lewis' MDA telethons have raised more than $2-billion for the organization.
UPDATE: A CSW poll regarding your feelings on Mr. Lewis' unceremonious end to his hosting the MDA Labor Day Telethon is found on the righthand side of this blog.