Likes the coolest of cool centerpiece of this perfect prose on Mr. Lewis' deepest of deep devotion to the MDA telethon is, of course, what Mr. Blevins tags "The show's most famous moment".....the reunion of our great great man and his great great partner Mr. Jerry Lewis by our Dino's bestest of best pallie Mr. Frank Sinatra in 1976.
So even though you will see similar pixs on September 7 and we will once 'gain post the glorious video of our Dino and Mr. Lewis reunited....the most important time in all of television history, we are sharin' the Dino-related portions of Mr. Joe Blevin's swank scribin's with pixs and vids as we enter the Labor Day Weekend 2016...doin' a bit of early celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Dino and Jerry's lovin' reunion.
Likes we knows without a doubt that none of youse Dino-holics will be unhappy with celebratin' this most special of special Dino-event twice this September here at our Dino-lovin' blog...'cause who 'mong us can ever gets 'nough of our King of Cool?!?!?!?! Hats off to Mr. Joe Blevin and all the pallies at the "A.V. CLUB" for remindin' the cyper world of this wondrous moment in the life, times, and teachin's of our one and only Dino.
Yours in Dino,
Dino Martin Peters
The utter insanity that was The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
By Joe Blevins
Sep 2, 2016
Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Reunion (Screenshot: YouTube)
For nearly 50 years, Americans knew that Labor Day weekend meant one thing: a new installment of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, an epic length, star-studded charity drive for muscular dystrophy. Usually hosting the proceedings from a glitzy Las Vegas venue such as the Sahara or Caesar’s Palace, the tuxedo-clad Lewis would broadcast for 21.5 hours straight, all but begging viewers to send in their donations and scolding them when the money wasn’t coming in fast enough.
The comedian would do anything to keep people watching, and he wasn’t above bringing children with wheelchairs and crutches onstage to elicit sympathy. Lewis was a pioneer in the telethon field. He and his former partner, singer Dean Martin, began hosting such events in the early 1950s when they were the biggest entertainers in the world. The first Labor Day broadcast, however, didn’t happen until September 4, 1966. By that time, Lewis and Martin had gone through a bitter public breakup, so Lewis hosted the show solo.
Though his devotion to the cause was sincere, the controversial, outspoken Lewis was eventually ousted as host of the telethon in 2010, and the MDA gave up on the show entirely in 2014. But there are still plenty of highlights to be found on YouTube. The show’s most famous moment came in 1976, when Frank Sinatra organized an onstage reunion of Martin and Lewis, both of whom looked extremely uncomfortable.