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End of an Era: MDA Labor Day Telethon Calls It Quits

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The Labor Day Telethon is calling it quits.

The brainchild of comedian Jerry Lewis died last week.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association pulled the plug once and for all on the Labor Day Telethon. The telethon began in 1959 and raised nearly $2 billion.

Five years ago, the MDA and Jerry Lewis parted ways. Then the show dropped from 21 hours to just under three.

And now it’s gone.

Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes has followed the telethon through the eyes of Jerry Lewis, who he has written many columns about.

(Editor's note: this interview originally ran May 2015)

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