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"You made America laugh."

A brief few words, a short sentence, but they captured the essence of the genius of a remarkable man.

"Thank you, its a humbling experience but I’m just a human being like everyone else” whispered Sid, as he was enveloped in an atmosphere of love and affection. long term loans for bad credit

Sid-Red Buttons & Florence Caesar

It was another SRO crowd as we were treated to another wonderful evening of music and comedy created by producers Johnny Francis and Buddy Arnold.

In the bowels of an old high school, our crowd sweated quietly and dutifully in too familiar hot and steamy non air-conditioned high school auditorium. But in sweating uncomfortably, we were treated to one of those rare evenings when w e were able to once again transcend time and space and to go "Back To Future" to remember a moment from our youth.

And, who could better set the tone for our fabulous evening but our own uncle, Tuesday Night, Milton Berle. Showing his love and sharing his fourth consecutive anniversary with us, Milton opened the path and showed the way as the audience became part of yet another magic moment in time.

London’s Shani Wallis’ melodic voice took us all back over two decades when she starred in the wonderful musical, "Oliver.” Rickie Layne and Velvel’s unique comic routine reminded everyone of their many appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The funny and delightful stories of America’s "Maytag Man", Jesse White, showed everyone about why he has been invited back for the past three years.

We listened as Garry Marshall described the imprint that Sid Caesar had on his career and we laughed as he described how much trouble he had as a youthful teenaged boy with ladies’ crinolines. We marveled at the tone and melody of one of America’s great crooners, Tony Martin as he sang the Tenement Symphony and then we enjoyed the mirth of another giant of American comedian, Slappy White. no credit check payday loans

Slappy’s plea for racial harmony was especially moving as he described so many of the values that we learned growing up in our great City.

A trip back to Ebbets Field and to Red Barber’s rundown of the Dodgers’ batting line-up was a special treat delivered by director Bruce Malmuth and everyone was thrilled by the warm greetings from Philadelphian (Movin’ On Up) Sherman Hemsley.

Our co-chairman, Jon Voight, again put into perspective the deep feelings the awe that we all have for our most deserving and beloved honoree.

The music and arrangements were carefully orchestrated by Manny Harmon and the music was heightened by our own "Heifitz of the Harmonica", Eddy Lawrence Manson.

The walls shook from raucous laughter from comedians Max Alexander, who somehow got the waist of his pants up to his neck while comedian Dom Irrera taught us how different nationalities “fight.”

Amongst the many who stopped the show, was the dramatic interpretation of the Music of the Night from “Phantom,” by Jack Jones. Steve Allen, Stanley Kramer, Tony Orlando and Carl Reiner joined in the salute to Sid by sending greetings by video.

The audience stood transfixed as Imogene Coca, who flew in especially from New York City that very same day, came to share her love with Sid. personal loan lenders.

Also attending were Bea Arthur, Neil Simon, Huntz Hall, Martin Landau, Charles Durning, John Saxon. Marvin Kaplan, Herb Edelman, Peter Lupus, Herb Eden, Michael Gregory, Mel Tolklin, Paul Mazursky, Dick Van Patten, Barbara McNair, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Lee Delano, Marvin Paige, Estelle Getty, Mr. Blackwell, Martin Kove, Hank Garrett, Phil & Mitch Margo. small loans bad credit

Created by Lou and Fran Zignian, directed by Eddy Manson, coordinated by the adept hands of technical directors, Ed Schachter and Jon Alexander, along with celebrity videos created by Paul Werth, the show was guided by the intellect and sensitivity of wonderful co-masters of ceremonies, Stanley Ralph Ross, Stan Irwin, and Bud Friedman, it’s no wonder why this annual event has grown into the largest and most fun-filled high reunion in the nation.

And as the crowd slowly ambled out after a marathon show lasting over four hours, people could be overheard saying, Can’t "Wait til Next Year". illinois installment loans

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