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September 3, 2010 | Chris Lee
On a recent afternoon, comedy legend Jerry Lewis cracked open a diet soda and dimmed the lights inside a casino ballroom to drink in the spectacle of Charlie Chaplin impersonating Hitler. A scene from Chaplin's 1940 Nazi satire "The Great Dictator" flickered across a bank of monitors, part of a video montage Lewis was editing together for his signature cause, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Telethon . The 211/2 -hour annual event has raised $2.45 billion for "Jerry's kids" to date; its 45th edition kicks off on some 170 television stations Sunday evening.
December 30, 1985 | From Associated Press
A weekend telethon for the United Negro College Fund raised more than $6 million in pledges, about $2 million less than last year's telethon, a spokesman said today. The event, which featured a telephone call from President Reagan, an appearance by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and performances by such entertainers as Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll, Ben Vereen and B. B. King, brought in $603,000 from Los Angeles-area viewers alone, spokesman Mike Haynes said.
January 2, 1986
Callers across the nation pledged $7.7 million to the United Negro College Fund during a weekend telethon, and the total is expected to climb higher, a spokeswoman said. "They're still getting pledges in," which should drive the amount above $7.7 million, Randi Caruana said. Another spokeswoman, Donna Coleman, said $8 million was collected during the 1984 telethon, which was a few hours shorter than this year's six-hour show, televised from Los Angeles.
January 9, 2005
I found James Verini's piece ("In the Kingdom of the Clown," Jan. 2) about Jerry Lewis almost unbearably cynical, snide and ultimately pointless. I can just hear Jerry after he (presumably) read the article: "What ... do I have to do to catch a break from these guys?" After 60 years of groundbreaking performances crossing over into virtually all areas of show business, do we really want to wait until Lewis dies to fully realize his enormous contribution? Or should we simply get sworn statements from geniuses such as Jim Carrey and Martin Short, both of whom would barely be able to pratfall were it not for Lewis showing the way?
August 1, 1986 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
When the Emmy nominations were announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the biggest and most ambitious international television spectacle of the past year didn't get a single nomination. The global telecast of the Live Aid concerts to aid Ethiopian famine victims is ineligible because it was a telethon, according to the academy's awards director John Leverence. "I've been doing this for seven years and it's always been that way in my time," he said.
March 25, 1989
Jim Hill has been involved with United Negro College Fund for several years both as a volunteer as well as a donor. His personal contributions to UNCF are substantial and he has been instrumental in encouraging others to give as well. He has actually made himself available to pick up checks from prospective donors who needed his encouragement. Jim has appeared on our telethon several times to ask his fans and other viewers to make a pledge to UNCF. Many athletes who are donors to UNCF today are doing so in part because Jim Hill asked them to. VINCENT BRYSON, Development Director, United Negro College Fund, Inc. Los Angeles Editor's note: The preceding three letters were received by The Times after having been sent to Jim Hill's attorney, Ed Hookstratten.
October 14, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY, DON SHIRLEY,
If you think public television is invariably stuffy, you haven't watched "Trying Times," KCET's half-hour comedy anthology series, returning for a second season Sunday (Channel 28 at 8 p.m., with repeats Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) It's time to try it. Opening night includes the premiere of "Hunger Chic" by George C. Wolfe, followed by a re-run of Christopher Durang's "The Visit."
December 17, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Earlier this month, in a plush aisle seat, Jerry Lewis watched much of his professional life flash before his eyes. Clutching a water bottle, the 85-year-old entertainer's eyes were riveted on the huge screen of Paramount Studio's main theater as a younger version of himself mugged, mimed, spun, wreaked havoc and generally made a fool of himself. Lewis was attending the premiere of Encore's "Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness," a feature-length tribute to the funnyman and filmmaker that debuts Saturday on the premium cable channel.
September 25, 2001
The war on terrorism cannot be won with guns, missiles or even stones. The terrorists with whom we are engaged are fighting for our spirits and our fortitude. As long as we refuse to fly, to invest in our own markets, to go to the theater or to Europe to play golf, we are playing into their hands and stand to lose the first battle. There is a framework in Judaism for dealing with death. We mourn for one week intensely. After that we mourn for another month but return to work. After that we mourn for the remainder of the year and then recall the one whose life was lost each year thereafter.
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