That's a VERY good question to ask someone who has followed his career since I was around twelve. That's well over thirty years ago and I still find the man as exciting and fascinating as I did when I was twelve.
I started collecting autographs at twelve and then photographs and other Jerry Lewis related memorabilia when I was in my early twenties.
I began collecting magazines, lobby cards, complete issues of The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and The Adventures of Jerry Lewis, insert posters, record albums, lighters, Al Hirschfeld original artwork, the limited edition clowns from Ron Lee and items of Mr. Lewis' wardrobe from both film and personal life including the holster he wore in his film Pardners!
And then with the help of eBay and other Jerry Lewis collectors and other sources my collection of photographs from about 500 photographs to a staggering incredible 5000 actual still photographs ranging from 4x6 snapshots to 11x14!
In 1999 I created a website dedicated to the both the professional and candid life of Mr. Lewis titled WorldwideJerryLewisFans.com which became one of the first online websites dedicated to Mr. Lewis but the site eventually evolved into BehindtheHiddenMask.com which features some of the great photographs from my collection of his various films and timelines from his childhood to the current in 2012.
Please take a moment to visit my tribute website, sign our Guestbook and "Like" us on Facebook. As always we welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas related to the website and here on Tumblr. The link to the website is: www.behindthehiddenmask.com
You can always e-mail me here at Tumblr by clicking on the Ask link or you can directly e-mail me at the address below:
firstname.lastname@example.org AND most of all please type JERRY LEWIS in the Subject heading to avoid having your e-mail go into our Spam folder instead of our Inbox.
One of the most asked questions from people who visit my Tumblr and my tribute site is if I have ever met Mr. Lewis? The answer is yes, I have met him several times. Maybe one day I will write about it on here but for now those times are too personal and private to share.
I only post photographs from my private collection of 4000+ still photographs that have been digitally archived to preserve the life and art of Mr. Lewis.
I will occasionally post photographs from other celebrities I deeply appreciate and admire like:
** Jack Lemmon
** Harpo Marx
** John F. Kennedy
If you find any of my photographs from my Behind website on another Tumblr, please drop me a note. I will reward you with a professional reproduced copy of any photograph from either my Tumblr postings or on the Tribute site! Drop me a line at: email@example.com and send me a link to the photograph in question. Discretion is assured.
As a few of you know I had a few recent events that changed my life - first my father died around the last week of May and then two weeks ago my beloved thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever Ginger had to put to sleep because the vet found inoperable cancer in her hips and she had the beginning stages of respiratory failure.
Needless to say I am revamping my Jerry Lewis tribute website - www.behindthehiddenmask.com and I have decided to close this Tumblr once and for all. I might come back in the near future but honestly I am growing tired of people using my images as their own without any credit to myself or my website.
I am sure many of you will be running over to the Behind site to see what kind of images I have uploaded. I cannot stop you from downloading them as your own but it would nice to get some kind of acknowledgement. If you right mouse click you will clearly see that all photographs on my site have been scanned from the original images and digitally archived.
If you have any questions or comments, please reply to this and I’ll be back to answer them but in a few days I will be deleting this Tumblr so get in your questions or e-mail me through the Behind website.
Anonymous said: I made a climb up Mt Fuji in1952 with a couple a man and wife escorted by an Army USO escort. I have forgotten their names. Could this possibly be Jerry and wife? I have photos.
I normally do not answer questions to Anonymous senders but I thought I would be nice. Send me the photos and I will tell you if they are Jerry and Patti Lewis. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Generations of Lewises: Danny, Jerry and Gary, 1957
I am taking a small break from Tumblr.com to take some more and energy to update my tribute website honoring Lewis (www.behindthehiddenmask.com) so please feel free to sign my Guestbook there and show some love here and there.