I love reading about the annual Valentino Memorial from the POV of an outsider. "Calypso Tribute?" "Aura analysis?" No wonder the crowd was bewildered. This does not sound very dignified. While there are factual errors in this article, it seems some things remain the same, for instance "suspicious German accents." I love Jessel's clarification for the reporters. It doesn't exactly match the Cub Scout tangoing through the fantasies of the Golden Girls.
I think the voice of George Jessel would make it all seem like a vaudeville comedy routine, but he had a long career as memorial service master of ceremonies. As far back as 1935, he held forth at the memorial service for Will Rodgers at the 20th Century Fox Studios. I believe this appearance was not so long before Jessel passed away.
Jessel's presence in show business goes back to the early decades of the 20th century. Jessel was a respected stage actor in the 1920s. He originated the title role in The Jazz Singer on Broadway. And he was a producer of many successful films, as well as being "America's Toastmaster." He had a very long career.
Ten bucks says an Ulrike will soon show up on MAtB.