Diamond Circle Award Winner
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' First Vice President Larry Vanderveen presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to PPB's longtime member, famous comedian Norm Crosby at the March 28, 2014 luncheon honoring Colleen Williams and Chuck Henry. Below are Mr. Vanderveen's remarks introducing Mr. Crosby:
Todayís Diamond Circle recipient is one of Americaís funniest entertainersóNorm Crosby.
Normís remarkable life began in Boston a few years ago. I donít know if he started making people laugh in his crib, but thankfully heís been handing out belly laughs for almost that long. And for sure no one can mangle the English language so hysterically as the master of the malaprop.
But Normís unique gift for comedy is equaled by his commitment to his fellow man; the two are woven together in a career that is matchless for its humor and its humanity. Let me explain. As an entertainer he has hosted TV talk shows, game shows, variety and award specials, guest starred on countless television series, appeared in motion pictures, played the nationís best resorts, headlined in its biggest night clubs and even starred in his own TV series, Norm Crosbyís Comedy Club. But while all this was going on, the giving side of Norm Crosby was just as busy.
He was Jerry Lewisí co-host on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethons. He was the first National Chairman for the Council for Better Hearing; heís a Trustee of The Hope for Hearing foundation at UCLA. For twenty-five years Norm was the City of Hopeís National Ambassador of Good Will, and he is also National Ambassador for Child Help U.S.A. The National Association of Christians and Jews gave him their National Celebrity Award.
The Mayor of Boston honored Norm by proclaiming the cityís Norm Crosby Day. President Reagan made him his Special Ambassador for Better Hearing and Speech. And Norm helped launch National Childhood Abuse Month at the White House. He received the coveted Victory Award from President George H. W. Bush, and he was accorded the rare honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In recognition of Normís achievements in comedy and humanitarianism, heís on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bostonís Emerson College gave Norm its Lifetime Achievement in Comedy Award.
And not last and not least, he has received The George Burns Legend of Laughter Award.
Norm puts the smile on his face on the face of others who need one.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the newest member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle, Norm Crosby.
Norm Crosby receives his award from PPB VP Larry Vanderveen