What Jerome Levitch Meant To Me

Much has and will be written about the life and times of Jerry Lewis, as for me, Jerry Lewis meant the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, broadcasted on one of the local television stations in New York City for over twenty-one hours. I loved to watch the opening for about an hour, would return for the closing at about the 5:30a, but it was the between hours that for me provided the best television viewing. In NYC, one can find some the most alive night life, in a city that never sleeps. So, when the bars and night clubs would close, the entertainers, rather than retreating to rest up for the following evening performances, some would make their way to whatever theater the telethon would be broadcasting from, providing the best small time unknown, song and dance, big and small band entertainers not normally seen on television… That’s what Jerry Lewis meant to me every Labor Day weekend for years, a life time of achievement for this little boy staying up into the wee hours of the morning hoping not to wake up his parents watching television with only one eye open, living in The Bronx being entertained like no other time in all his years of television viewing…