Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, March 26, 2007

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Jamestown Unveils Plans for May Festival

Ric Wyman, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York, has announced plans for this year's "Lucy-Desi Days" celebration, to be held May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear are Lucie Arnaz (appearing in two events), Vivian Vance's sister Lou Ann Graham (also appearing in two events), Lucille Ball's sister Cleo Smith, former child-actors David Stollery and Sammy Ogg (who played the Hudson Twins in the "Amateur Hour" segment of I Love Lucy, and film editor Dann Cahn.

Lucie is scheduled to host another of the "Legends of Laughter" seminars, in which a panel -- and the audience -- discuss the importance of laughter in our lives. A similar seminar held last month in Boulder City, Nevada, was a sell-out, and this next one in Jamestown is expected to be as well. Lucie will also headline "Lucie Arnaz in Concert: A Daughter's Ttribute," a special musical evening in which she salutes her father.

Ms. Graham will join me in celebrating her famous sister, Vivian Vance, in a Saturday morning presentation that combines film clips, rare family photos, and fond remembrances of the lady that made Ethel Mertz the world's favorite landlady. Ms. Graham will also be special guest on a Treasure Chest Boat Cruise.

David Stollery and Sammy Ogg will be this year's "Lucy Legend" guests, and share memories of appearing with Lucy and Desi. Dann Cahn will host a special screening of "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana," and likewise share memories of how that very special 75-minute Lucy-Desi show got made some 50 years ago -- in May/June, 1957.

For complete information about the "Lucy-Desi Days" Festival -- including how to order tickets -- visit the Lucy-Desi Center web site at:

Lucille Ball to Be Saluted on "TV Land Awards"

As mentioned here a few weeks ago, Lucille Ball will be the subject of an official salute on this year's "TV Land Awards," airing April 22. Both Lucie Arnaz and Desi Jr. are expected to participate, along with many other surprise guests. Please check the TV Land cable listings in your area for exact time and channel.

"Yours, Mine & Ours" to be Screened in Los Angeles Area

"Yours, Mine & Ours," considered by many to be one of Lucille Ball's best motion pictures, will be screened Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30PM at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. The screening is part of a special 90th birthday celebration for writer-director Mel Shavelson, who will participate in a discussion following the screening.

This very special evening is being presented by American Cinematheque. For more information, visit that organization's web site at:

"STAR NOTES" Signs Off

Our thanks to our longtime friend Michael Stern, the man Lucille Ball called her "Number One Fan," for his appearance with us this past weekend on "Star Notes." Michael shared with us many stories about how he met and became personal friends with Our Favorite Redhead -- and how he eventually got to work with her behind the scenes at the "Life With Lucy" series. If you missed Saturday's show, you can still listen to a rebroadcast any afternoon this week at

Sadly, Saturday's show was our last "Star Notes" broadcast for Shokus Internet Radio. Because of differences with management, we have withdrawn from further association with the station.

I am very proud of the six shows we have done over the past few weeks, and want to thank our special guests: Marilyn Borden, Jimmy Garrett, Laura Johansen, Wanda Clark, Frank Gorey, Dann Cahn, Dan Wingate, Neil Wilburn, Jonathan Angus, Janet Waldo, and Michael Stern. And a special hug to my co-host Rick Carl, without whom I would never have attempted a weekly show. And thanks, as well, to our listeners -- your calls and e-mails have enriched our shows and meant a lot to us personally!

Have a great week everybody!


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