Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson




Monday, April 1, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Lots of Lucy news to catch-up on:

What's Happening in Jamestown?

In a nutshell, Lucie and Desi Arnaz have started their own not-for-profit corporation that has taken over ownership and management of the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY. Ric Wyman has been reinstated as director.

Ric, a longtime We Love Lucy member, informs us that the new corporation will take over management of the museum's web site today (April 1), and that museum activities will be posted soon.

He also informs us that there will NOT be a Lucy-related festival in Jamestown over Memorial Day this year, but there certainly will be one in August to commemorate Lucy's birthday. We will keep you posted as more information is made available.

For the time being, the Museum will continue to be housed at its current location -- 212 Pine Street -- but Wyman and the Arnazes hope to move the collection into more spacious quarters soon.

Lucy's Childhood Home in Celeron

As many of you know, the little house in which Lucy spent much of her childhood -- the address of which is now 59 Lucy Lane in Celeron, NY -- was recently put up for auction on eBay. The listing prompted more than 30,000 "lookie-loo" hits, and after six weeks has finally been sold, reportedly to a lady in Florida who was looking for a summer home near her native Buffalo, NY.

Lucie and Desi Jr. had also reportedly bid on the home -- but based their bid on the going rate for similar structures in the neighborhood. The asking price -- $98,500 -- factored in the "intangible" fact that the home had once been owned by Lucy's grandfather. The real-estate agent handling the sale will not confirm if this list price was met.

And Speaking of Auctions...

We received information last week about two separate auctions that include Lucy-related items. We will be posting a full story about each of these in the next few days in our "Henna Hooper" area, but will give you a few of the basics here:

  • Profiles in History - Hollywood Auction #11
    Three costume sketches created for Lucille Ball by designer Elois Jenssen will be auctioned. The first is for a variation on the yellow housecoat dress created for "Forever Darling" but also worn on "I Love Lucy." A second is for the black evening gown worn by Lucy in the 1947 motion picture "Lured." The third is for the brown coat worn by Lucy in various episodes of "I Love Lucy." Also included in the auction is a check signed twice by Lucille Ball.

    The auction will take place Wednesday, April 10, commencing at 2PM Pacific Standard Time. For more information, visit their web site at www.ebayliveauctions.com

  • The estate of TV historian Jeb H. Perry:
    Jeb, a longtime member of We Love Lucy, has apparently passed away -- and his entire collection of movie and television memorabilia is up for auction. Jeb was a free-lance writer and media historian, and huge fan of all things show biz. His collections filled his home. Included in the auction are movie posters, lobby cards, magazines, photos, TV Guides, actual 16 mm films -- the works. No, the entire collection was NOT Lucille Ball materials, but it is all fascinating!

    The auction will be held Saturday, May 4, at 4PM in Rosendale, New York. (Previews will be May 3 from 1-8pm and May 4 from 12n - 5PM.) For complete information -- and directions to the auction site -- visit Jay Werbalowsky Auctions at www.jmwauction.com and click on "Ephemera"

Lucy's Granddaughter to Be Queen of Apple Blossom Festival

Carrying on a family tradition, Katharine Desiree Luckinbill -- "Kate" to her family and friends -- will wear the queen's crown at the 75th Shenandoah Apple Festival next month.

Lucille Ball herself was grand marshall of the event back in 1964.

The Apple Blossom Festival is held in Winchester, Virginia. This year's event runs May 2nd through the 5th. Kate's coronation will be May 3.

Little Ricky to Visit Friends in Mayberry

Keith Thibodeaux, known to Lucy fans worldwide as Ricky Ricardo, Jr., will be one of the special guests at "A Tribute to Mayberry" this summer, honoring The Andy Griffith Show. Thibodeaux made numerous appearances on the Griffith series as Opie's friend, Johnny Paul Jason.

Also scheduled to appear at the Mayberry event are George Lindsay (who played "Goober"), Betty Lynn ("Thelma Lou"), Howard Morris ("Ernest T. Bass"), Ronnie Schell, and Barbara Stuart. "A Tribute to Mayberry" will be held Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Tickets for the show are $25, plus tax. For ticket information, contact 1-800-792-4308.

Keith still has copies of his "Life After Lucy" memoires available via his web site at www.balletmagnificat.com.

How's that, Allan, for a nice newsy newsletter? Sorry it's been so long since the last one... Promise to make these a regular Monday event!

Have a great week everybody!

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