FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Leff  
president@jackbenny.org
   
          Michael Levine mlevine@lcoonline.com

HOLLYWOOD PUBLICIST MICHAEL LEVINE RECRUITED TO LEAD
JACK BENNY 39-CENT STAMP CAMPAIGN

In January, the price of a first-class postage stamp will rise to 39 cents—a number long associated with legendary comedian Jack Benny, who always claimed to be only 39 years old.

Prominent Hollywood publicist Michael Levine has been recruited to lead the campaign to get Jack Benny on a 39-cent stamp. "The extraordinary good will felt by millions of Americans and countless others throughout the world toward Jack Benny make him a great symbolic ambassador of the post office," said Levine.

Working in conjunction with the International Jack Benny Fan Club and noted celebrities who knew and worked with Benny, Levine will lead an effort to have 20,000 letters and petition signatures sent to the U.S. Post Office’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to reflect Benny’s enduring appeal and popularity.

Jack Benny was active through sixty years and four eras of American entertainment: vaudeville, motion pictures, radio, and television. His warm, gentle humor made tens of millions laugh, and continues to inspire new fans with its timelessness. Along with being perennially 39 years old, Benny’s character was known for his stinginess (including driving a Maxwell car that was forever on the verge of extinction) and his vain attempts at playing the violin. Jack was a World War I veteran, and entertained American troops overseas through World War II and Korea, contributing as much time to the armed forces as his contemporary, Bob Hope. Benny was also recently selected as one of Variety's 100 Icons of the 20th Century and included in the Comedy Channel's top 30 comedians of all time.

Laura Leff, President of the International Jack Benny Fan Club observed, “Having Jack Benny on a 39-cent stamp has long been a dream of many fans.  But I’m sure that Jack himself would have had a few comments about the price!”

Stamp supporters can sign the online petition at www.jackbenny.org, or write letters directly to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee in Alexandria, Virginia.

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For further information, please contact Laura Leff of the International Jack Benny Fan Club via email at
president@jackbenny.org ; or Michael Levine at MLevine@LCOonline.com. Additional information is also enclosed below.

About the Levine Communcations Office:
For more than 20 years, LCO – Levine Communications Office has created innovative and dynamic public relations plans for a host of renowned entertainment and business clients. From our flagship Los Angeles office, our energetic team delivers full-service PR, communications and marketing on a global scale, priding ourselves on our high standards and personal approach. Founded by acclaimed PR expert Michael Levine and led by President Dawn Miller, LCO has garnered a reputation as a leader in the field of Public Relations. For more information, see the LCO Web site at www.lcoonline.com

About the International Jack Benny Fan Club:
The International Jack Benny Fan Club (IJBFC) has been in operation since 1980, and has over 2,000 members in 19 countries.  It is widely regarded in comedy and nostalgia circles as one of the most extensive groups of its kind.  For full details, please see the IJBFC Web site at www.jackbenny.org.