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Looking at What Makes Lewis Work

September 09, 1990

Concerning Charles Champlin's Sept. 2 article on Jerry Lewis:

Even if Lewis' primary motivation for his amazing charitable contributions was pure ego (as some have suggested), so what?

The bottom line is that he has helped an awful lot of people ease their pain, physical and otherwise.

Anyone who attempts any kind of great achievement must have some kind of ego to believe he or she can accomplish it . . . and that person deserves recognition.

After all, the good doctor from La Jolla didn't object when they called it the Salk vaccine, did he?

I say, "Good for Jerry Lewis, whatever his motivation." He's making a difference, and I respect that.

BRUCE BELLAND

Encino

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