Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, April 15, 2002
Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,
Happy Monday, and for those in the United States, Happy Income Tax Day... Here are a few Lucy updates:
Jamestown Museum and Gift Shop Open
As of last Thursday, April 11, the management of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Gift Shop in Jamestown, NY, was transferred from the Arts Council of Chautauqua County to the newly formed Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Inc.
Ric Wyman was officially installed as the Executive Director of the new organization.
The Museum and Gift Shop will be open to the public on Saturdays 10AM - 5:30PM and on Sundays 1-5PM. The web site is still being reconfigured, but will be operating again soon.
Speaking of Jamestown...
As many of you know, last month Lucie Arnaz -- during a press conference announcing the formation of the Lucy-Desi Center -- mentioned that the family was considering moving her mother and grandmother's ashes from their resting places in Los Angeles to a cemetery in Jamestown.
"I think it would be a nice finishing touch," she said. "My mother wanted to be buried with her mother, my grandmother, DeDe. They are together in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles. I don't live near there. My brother is really not very close to there either. There's nobody there to visit them, so I thought it might be a good idea to bring her home."
Lucie's comments were made primarily to offset totally unfounded rumors that the Arnaz family was thinking about relocating the Museum to another city. She hoped to reassure the townspeople that the Arnaz commitment to Jamestown will continue.
The comments, unfortunately, created something of a firestorm among friends and fans... Many people have said they think Lucy and DeDe's ashes should be allowed to rest in peace, citing the fact that Lucille left instructions as to how and where she wished to be laid to rest. If she had wanted to go back to Jamestown, she would have said so. Others think it is totally a family decision.
The Arnazes have been considering this move for over a decade, and no final decision has been reached. We will keep you posted...
New Lucy Book
New on the bookshelves is "The Importance of Lucille Ball," by Adam Woog.
This is one in a series from Lucent Books focusing on the lives of the world's most influencial men and women. The books are designed primarily for schools and libraries.
The Lucy volume sells for $27.45. For more information, visit the Thompson/Gale web site at:
Thompson * Gale
Also, back in the stores this month is a new supply of Elisabeth Edwards' "I LOVE LUCY: Celebrating 50 Years of Love and Laughter." The beautiful coffee-table book, released last fall, was completely sold out by Christmas, and sadly not available to be given as a gift for Valentine's Day. The publisher, Running Press, however, has recently shipped a new batch -- so if you have been looking for the book, it is once again available!
"Ricci, Desi & Billy" Concert ScheduledRicci Martin, Desi Arnaz and Billy Hinsche -- better known as "Ricci, Desi & Billy and their All-Star Band" -- will perform in concert at the Historic Boulder Theatre in Boulder City, Nevada (30 minutes from Las Vegas) on Friday and Saturday night, May 24 and 25, at 7PM.
Available in the lobby before and after the show will be the band's newest CD, "Live from Boulder City," recorded live at the Boulder Theatre in May, 2001. Also available will be Ricci Martin's new book, "That's Amore," a tribute to his father, Dean Martin.
Tickets are $15, and are available by calling (702) 293-5001.
And that's about it for Tax Day... Have a great week!
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