Labour Day traditions


Happy Labour Day! Once the true indicator of the end of summer as families returned from cottages and preparations for school hit high gear.

The background to these preparations was often the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, or the Jerry Lewis telethon as most people referred to it. It was available in Montreal on the local ABC affiliate.

LewisTwenty or so hours of Jerry in Las Vegas with Ed McMahon and a whole whack of popular and sometimes just plain weird entertainers (they kept the weird ones for 4:00 a.m.!).

But now, for the second straight year there is no Jerry,  he evidently got the bum’s rush.

The story behind Lewis’s departure remains untold. But a few things have become clear in the year since the awkward public breakup. Jerry Lewis was dumped by the MDA, the charity he had been identified with since the 1950s. He’s still bitter about it. And the telethon is withering without him.

In fact the “entertainment event” won’t even be live according to Time.

The Labour Day Telethon without Jerry Lewis and Jerry’s Kids…we may as well just start school before Labour Day and do away with all those traditions…wait a minute, we have haven’t we. More’s the pity!

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DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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