Sep 4, 2011

Jerry Lewis Screwed Over; KC Zoo, more skipwaves you may not have seen

Jerry Lewis: MDA Hosts Just Lie, and Tell Audience He Retired

A lot of changes in the MDA Telethon which has been part of our lives for 5 decades... a series of muscular diseases well beyond Muscular Dystrophy.  It was one evening, not running overnights and ending on Labor Day but rather one night only--SUNDAY night.  There was no national tot board.   NO Final total for comparisons to years gone by.  

Aside from a long string of the usual corporate donors of grocery stores, unions, oil companies and retailers getting their plugs, and the B-grade talent we've seen the past few years, there was NO JERRY LEWIS!  SO could be no "Jerry's Kids". Shoved aside.  Lip service to his greatness. 


UPDATE: The hosts of the MDA Telethon just lied to the audience and told them that Jerry Lewis had retired. Do they think the viewers live under a rock? Everyone knows that Lewis was ousted. I’m told that “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is basically running the show. “It’s all Idol people backstage,” says a source. Lythgoe told the audience in opening remarks that Lewis told him he was retiring. This was echoed by the other hosts. Lewis must be seething, and with good reason. They made it sound like he’d died. Unbelievable.

Flash–exclusive–Jerry Lewis is getting a tribute of some kind, after all, on the MDA Telethon. It’s a tape package, and it starts the show at 6pm Eastern. Lewis won’t be involved, but this is MDA’s way of getting around or past all their horrendous public problems. I’m told Celine Dion taped the tribute with the hosts of the MDA telethon. Who knows what it will be like? No one. Stay tuned. Will this assuage Lewis? And why is this thing such a freakin’ pr mess? The guys who runs MDA, Gerald Weinberg, has been there for 50 years and gets paid a lot of money–over $400,000. Surely he could have done better than this.

Monday Obit: Telethon brings in 61 million, up a little.


VIDEO from the show, years ago, "You'll Never Walk Alone" 

Tribute Photomorph 2011 on

Sadly, callers trying to dial into the Kansas City phone bank during local cut-ins were unsuccessful for the most part.... Ohio answered the phones and transfers to the on camera phone bank weren't working so well.  But even if the KC volunteers didn't get the calls without a local phone number bypassing the National switchboard, well its still a good cause for Jerry's kids even if they aren't.  I know I stuck through just to see how they handled Lewis' departure.  It wasn't the same.  Not particularly well done, like most of the show.   Not much reason to watch it next year.


Nine Eleven

I learned on 9-11.


SAN ANTONIO - Up to 3,000 Muslims from around the state are expected to converge Sunday on Six Flags Fiesta Texas for "Muslim Family Day" to celebrate the end of Ramadan and spread the post-9/11 message that most Muslims are peaceful and mainstream.
Families from as far as Corpus Christi, Austin and Waco have committed to attending the event, sponsored by local chapters of the Muslim American Society and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
There is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, authorities said. But they have stepped up national security as a precaution.    Read more on FBI, Homeland Security Warn of Small Airplane Terror Threats

Does that have you edgy?


Tony Blair is godfather to Rupert Murdoch's daughter...



Architectural Extinction at the Zoo

Went to the KC Zoo today and made sure to take a photo of the long abandoned Ape House. I hate it this building will never be used again. At one time a few decades ago, it was a Kansas City icon. You'd see its image promoted on various forms of city memorabilia and on local tv. A zoo guide told me today it will be demolished to make way for a new predator section. I'm all for the zoo expansion, but see no reason not to incorporate older unique architecture.   
Other Comments....Patrick Neas Oh no, that's bad news! The ape house is a classic piece of mid-century architecture. One thing I like about the zoo right now is the way they've preserved zoo buildings from its different eras. You can see the bear cages from when the zoo first opened and the seal pool that dates from the 50s or 60s and other buildings that give a great history lesson in the evolution of zoos. I hope they rethink this.
The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst.  So I have been to the thrift shop to get all her clothes back.



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