--There are times that I'm not the biggest Jerry Lewis fan, especially during the telethon. However, it's good to see him not as bloated as before from the steroids.
--Record year again? I'm surprised that the 20M donation from the Firefighters' association didn't add to the almost 59M pledged. If it wasn't for Mother Nature in Florida, it would have been easily 60M.
--The Mattie Stepanek memorial packages. Holy crap. I mean, we played both the three-minute memorial then the nine-minute funeral packages. The nine-minute was unbelievable. You had people in the LA audience crying; you had people at our phone banks crying -- just a very well-done emotional piece.
--Larry King? Oy.
--Carrot Top with cut locks? Oy vey.
--No gospel groups in the afternoon. I was very upset, because it was always fun to see them sorta end, then keep on singing, then trick you like it was going to end... tehn keep on singing again.
I don't know how long the Z's are going to keep the MDAUSA.org button, but if you have even five dollars to spare, make a donation. There are kids out there that I see every year that do not deserve to be in the situation that they're in.
The station I used to work at has had a local Labor Day telethon in conjunction with MDA's national one for many, many years now. I remember how fun it was working behind the scenes at that one.
The Packerland (local) MDA chapter holds a huge motorcycle ride every year. A couple of buddies and I did that run this year...we raised big cash for MDA. Best run I've ever been on...can't wait to do it again next year.
(Of course, now I do the over 50-year-old Cerebral Palsy local telethon at my current station. An entire weekend of off-the-shoulder studio camera work...my shoulder hates me every year, but it's for the greater good.)
So absolutely donate to MDA, folks...but if telethons aren't your thing, look around. Chances are there'll be other chances to help worthy causes in your community.
Star wipe, and...we're out. Thrillin' ain't easy.
THE THRILL ACW-NWA Wisconsin Home Video Technical Director...& A2NWO 4 Life! (Click the big G or here to hear the Packers Fight Song in RealAudio...or try .AU, .WAV or .MIDI!)