Regis introduces Leonard as director of Three Men and A Baby and announces the upcoming movie Never Forget - a project which took seven years and he wanted to make it happen.
Leonard is welcomed and then presents Regis Filbin with the award he won as best actor in a cameo appearance in Funny About Love: Best Cameo!
Kathie says that Regis was thrilled about his work in Funny About Love. And Regis states: You are a terrific director, Leonard.
When they talk about ST VI, Leonard shares that Nicholas Meyer will direct it.
Regis shows pictures and Leonard explain who the people are:
This is Danielle Schwarz, this is my daughter's daughter, she is two years old. She says: "Hi, pop!" And I said: "if you call me pop, you can have the house, the car and the college education..." (laughing)
LN: This is my daughter Julie from the Oldsmobil commercial.
Regis: Did you disappear in that?
LN: Yes, I did, I did.
That's her son, Alex. And this is my son's daughter, Madeline.
Regis: You have beautiful grandchildren.
Kathie: Weee, and we'd thought you weren't human. (laughter in the audience)
Kathie: Very human, he?
LN. Yes. (laughing)
Regis : The movie last night was very moving.
LN. Touching, yes.
Regis: It is a true story?
LN: It took place in Southern California. Ten years ago. there are still people who want to make believe the Holocaust has never happened, and this organization, the Institute of Historical Truth, published an authorization that, if anybody could prove that Jews were gassed in Germany. And Mel Mermelstein was an Auschwitz survivor put up a letter in a newspaper condemning them. And they said: "Come up or shut up. Prove it to us, our tribunal.
Kathie: In their own tribunal?
LN: Yes, in a kangaroo court. ... and if you don't respond we will be forced to tell the newspapers about that and call you a liar.
And he fought all the way into the supreme court in los Angeles.
And as a result of that case the Holocaust, 35 years after it happened, went into the American law books for the first time as a legal fact.
It is interesting that it was never in the law books before that.
Kathie: It was a personal commitment?
LN: Yes, it was a personal commitment that he did in Auschwitz, his mother, father, his two sisters and a brother, and his father said that, if any of us gets out of here, he must tell the story.
Regis: And he was the only one who did come out alive?
LN: He was the only one who came out alive.
Regis: But you can see all those terrible pictures....
LN: They are so cynical, the say: "If you haven't actually been ther and seen how Jews were gassed, you cannot prove it actually happened.
Regis: How did you hear about it?
LN: I heard about it from a lawyer who was doing some work for Mr. Mermelstein on his case. And I felt it ws a dramatic story that should be told, and we went and met him with Robert Radnitz, who is a very well known movie producer. ... It will start on April, 8th.
A clip of Never Forget is shown where Mel Mermelstein (Leonard Nimoy) is witnessing in the stand in court about the promise he made to his father.
LN: A very moving story.
Regis and Kathie: Yes, it is.
Regis introduces Mel Mermelstein in the audience. He asks whether Mr. Mermelstein has received the $50.000
Mr. Mermelstein: More than that, I won a stilulated judgement of $ 150 000, but I deceided to reduced it for $ 90 000 so that I could get a letter of apologies from them as well for me and all other Auschwitz survivors and it was all paid up.
Regis asks whether he still has got the exhibition.
MM: Yes, it is.
Kathie: Is this organization still around since you won this court case, Mel?
MM: Well, they are here, they are part of this country of ours.
Kathie: And they are still trying to make us believe it isn't true?
MM: Well, they still try, but I think we overpowered them. We made an impact that no one has made before and I urge any student in particular, and I mean individuals to watch it. And Leonard is to be recommended before any other actors or actresses. (applause)
Regis: It is good to see you in such a dramatic role again.
He thanks Leonard for the award he's brought along, and Leonard gets applause.