Mike ErvinLet us begin this session with a quiz:

Q:
What’s the difference between a telethon and a teleton? A: A teleton does not have the letter “h” in it. Other than that there’s no difference.

Oh wait, there is one more difference. A telethon is a marathon, schlocky television variety show designed to raise gobs of money by casting cripples in the most pathetic and pitiful light possible and promising to bring hope to their empty lives through the intervention of medical professionals. A teleton, on the other hand, is a marathon, schlocky television variety show designed to raise gobs of money by casting cripples in the most pathetic and pitiful light possible and promising to bring hope to their empty lives through the intervention of medical professionals, in Spanish.

There was a time not long ago when the TV airwaves in the USA were saturated every Labor Day weekend with a 21-hour variety show known as the Jerry Lewis Telethon. The stated purpose was to raise money for people with muscular dystrophy, aka “Jerry’s Kids.”

This went on for decades. This show made millions of cripples cringe in abject embarrassment because it was, essentially, the cripple equivalent of a minstrel show. Some of these embarrassed cripples rose up and protested and they got a lot of attention because, well, when Jerry’s Kids turn