Remembering Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon
If you are like me than perhaps you too opened up the Sunday newspaper and noticed the Parade section did not have the face of a sweet child on its cover. For so many years of my life the poster child for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon was front and center as a way to call attention to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual telethon to raise money and awareness of the disease. Watching the telethon was always a part of the Labor Day weekend as much as picnics and frolicking in the sunshine.
My deep respect for Jerry Lewis as a humanitarian is as strong now as ever. His compassion and strong sense of making sure the world can be a better place tomorrow by the actions we take today remains his legacy.
With that said I want to take a few minutes of your time with the following classic memory of a telethon event from 1976.