Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, May 6, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Congratulations, Queen Kate!

Katharine Desiree Luckinbill, better known as Kate, was crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXV last Friday, May 3, at the 75th annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, New York.

"This place is great!" Kate told the press. "I am going to come down here this summer and look at Shenandoah University to see about coming to school here." Kate, who is 17, wants to study music and theatre.

Kate attended with her parents, Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill. "I'm thrilled to be here," Lucie told the press. "I've never been to any place that has done anything similar to this. I'm in awe. I'm really flattered to have my daughter asked to be queen, especially on the 75th." Kate's grandmother, Lucille Ball, was grand marshal of the 1964 Festival.

Get Out Your VCRs...

The television networks have done it again! Weeks can go by with nothing to watch -- then two or three great shows are scheduled opposite each other on the same night. The evening in question this time is next Monday, May 13.

As we mentioned earlier, Home Shopping Network has scheduled another "Lucy Hour," in which Lucy-related merchandise will be showcased... This is tentatively scheduled for 8PM (Eastern Time).

Later, in the 10PM hour, both ABC and CBS have scheduled TV nostalgia specials. ABC will offer TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time -- which names I Love Lucy as the second-best show (with Seinfeld as number one). (Hmmm... I wonder if Jerry, Elaine and the gang will still be around after 50 years...).

Over on CBS, meanwhile, one will find a Mary Tyler Moore Show Reunion, featuring Mary, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White, Cloris Leachman and Valerie Harper.

Decisions, decisions...

Also next week...

Wanted to remind fans in the Tucson, Arizona area that Gregg Oppenheimer will be appearing on Friday, May 17th (8pm) at the Berger Performing Arts Center, at a special 50th Anniversary Celebration for I Love Lucy's "Vitameatavegamin" episode. The program will be shown, and there will be a look-alike contest.

On Saturday, May 18 (8-10pm/Pacific Time), Roz and Marilyn Borden ("Teensy & Weensy"), Jimmy Garrett ("Jerry Carmichael" on The Lucy Show), Stuart Shostak and I will be guests on a special We Love Lucy edition of a radio talk show, hosted by club member Ron Paul, and originating at station KAAT in Fresno, California. We will have a direct link button on this web site so you can listen, if you choose to, via the internet.

Irma Goes to Jamestown

And lastly, looking ahead to the summer, plans are starting to jell for the 4th annual Lucy Birthday Weekend, August 2-4, hosted in Jamestown, New York, by the Lucy-Desi Museum. Irma Kusely, Lucille Ball's longtime hair stylist and good friend, will be one of the very special guests this year. Irma started with Lucy back in the 1940s, when both were working at MGM -- and, except for a few years "off" to start a family, Irma was at Lucy's side right up until the redhead's death in 1989. She has fascinating stories to share!

Stay tuned as additional details of the festival become available...

Have a great week everybody!


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