It was September 4th, 1966 and the television world saw its first Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. That’s right, 49 years ago. Jerry Lewis is no longer a part of the telethon. He was asked not to return in 2011 for reasons that are still unknown today and without him, the telethon suffered. So much so, that the once 24 hour telethon was pared down to just 3 hours after Lewis was no longer a part of it and now it is no more.