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.