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Jerry Lewis was even more generous than his tireless charity work suggested

Jerry Lewis was even more generous than his tireless charity work suggested

To the editor: Almost 60 years ago, a high school buddy and I needed some serious advice about pursuing a career in comedy. Without giving it much thought, we marched up to our idol Jerry Lewis’ front door and rang the bell. (“The slapstick, the telethons, ‘L-a-a-a-dy!’ — comic and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91,” Aug. 20)

I don’t know if we were just a couple of dumb teenagers or if Hollywood was a simpler place in those days, but Lewis answered the door himself, and immediately invited us in. We must have spent an hour with him — two kids he didn’t know...

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