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Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA telethon in Sept.
http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/16/2011 | KEN RITTER

Posted on 05/16/2011 6:54:36 PM PDT by massmike

After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids," comedian Jerry Lewis announced Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name.

Lewis, 85, issued a statement through the association calling it "time for an all new Telethon era."

"As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual Telethon since 1966 and I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, `You'll Never Walk Alone,'" Lewis said of a shortened six-hour primetime broadcast scheduled for Sept. 4.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: jerrylewis; mda

1 posted on 05/16/2011 6:54:41 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Are TV telethons even relevant anymore?


2 posted on 05/16/2011 6:59:19 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: massmike

Wow—he’s been doing that telethon for a long time. He deserves many thanks...it has to end sometime.


3 posted on 05/16/2011 7:03:06 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: tflabo
He deserves many thanks...it has to end sometime.

He will join an elite few whose names became synonymous with the event/program ... Bert Parks, Guy Lombardo, Bob Barker, Casey Kasem, Ed Sullivan, Vin Scully.
4 posted on 05/16/2011 7:16:34 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: massmike

Thanks for posting this, my parents donated most every year, I will try myself this time.

https://secure.mdausa.org/donate/


5 posted on 05/16/2011 7:17:11 PM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: massmike

As far as I know, when asked, he never would tell WHY HE DOES THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR. I also vaguely remember him saying that we will find out when he dies...?


6 posted on 05/16/2011 7:18:10 PM PDT by merryberry
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To: massmike

With all due respect, his signature song is “You’ll never walk...” ?


7 posted on 05/16/2011 7:29:40 PM PDT by loungitude ( The truth hurts.)
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To: merryberry

God Bless him for hosting for all those years for such a good cause.


8 posted on 05/16/2011 7:30:05 PM PDT by seekthetruth (Voted for BHO to prove you're not racist? Vote for anyone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot)
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To: merryberry
An interesting aside: in Jerry Lewis' backstage rider, when he performs his comedy act, NO mention of MDA is allowed, and he reserves the right to cancel his show if it is. He also doesn't allow MDA reps or kids to visit him.

I admire his work for charity, but muscular dystrophy is probably never going to be "cured", since it is a genetic disease. Although the money I assume goes also to help with therapy, not just research.

9 posted on 05/16/2011 7:34:58 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Dr. Sivana
He will join an elite few whose names became synonymous with the event/program ... Bert Parks, Guy Lombardo, Bob Barker, Casey Kasem, Ed Sullivan, Vin Scully.

I like that comparison. Jerry Lewis (or even Buddy Love), he is the telethon. Being able to do a 46 year run at anything is truly a blessing.

10 posted on 05/16/2011 7:40:31 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: massmike

Ladies and Gentleman, Rupert Pupkin.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 7:44:53 PM PDT by gusty
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To: massmike

12 posted on 05/16/2011 7:48:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: massmike; boop

Not knocking Jerry at all...ADMIRATION is the name of the game, but wondering if anyone else heard aboutwhy he refuses to talk about the reason he does it and now you guys bring up other questions. Jerry Lewis is a GREAT AMERICAN personified. Obviously he wants to keep his reasons secret to the nth degree. little nostalgia here ‘Look at us we’re walking, look at us we’re talking..Imagine walking to a candy store..Steve and Eydie got their fame here


13 posted on 05/16/2011 7:54:27 PM PDT by merryberry
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To: massmike

1976 Martin-Lewis reunion at MDA telethon arranged by Frank Sinatra

14 posted on 05/16/2011 7:55:10 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Poison Pill

Ask the DNC


15 posted on 05/16/2011 8:21:24 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: massmike

I geuss it wont be the same anymore. Simon Cowell would be a great host. Can you imagine? LOL!


16 posted on 05/16/2011 8:31:40 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: loungitude
I first heard the song when I was a kid. It was on a 50's TV show at a time when Polio was a big deal. They had a very emotional staging of the song with a young girl struggling to ambulate with braces on her legs.

I didn't quite get the concept of the idea being expressed in the song: That "you'll never walk alone" meant that God would always be at your side.

Instead, I thought is was rather insensitive--nay, cruel--to taunt this little girl about her prospective lifetime of disability.

≤}B^) --but a true story.

17 posted on 05/16/2011 8:48:19 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Simon Cowell would be a great host. Can you imagine? LOL!

I vote for Jeremy Clarkson.

18 posted on 05/16/2011 8:51:14 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: massmike

I started watching this telethon from New York, and remember when he made his first million. He was so pleased, and at the time, it was considered a lot of money, yes, the md people should thank him for his hard work these many years, he started out when he was at the top of his game in Hollywood and pursued it as a working ‘regular’ guy. Have to give him that.


19 posted on 05/16/2011 8:55:43 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: massmike

Thanks for the memories also.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 5:28:59 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Brandonmark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlksTohQJa4
21 posted on 05/17/2011 1:35:56 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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