Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Lucille Ball Saluted on "TV Land Awards"

Lucille Ball will be the subject of an official salute on this year's "TV Land Awards," airing this Sunday, April 22. (Please check the TV Land cable listings in your area for exact time and channel.) The program was staged in Los Angeles this past Saturday evening, with many of Lucy's former associates in attendance. Both Lucie Arnaz and Desi Jr. accepted the honor on their mother's behalf.

Here are a few photos from the evening:

Lucie and Desi Jr. greet director Bill Asher.

Lucy's TV sons -- Jimmy Garrett (of "The Lucy Show"), Keith Thobodeaux
(of "I Love Lucy") and Desi Arnaz Jr. (of "Here's Lucy") reminisce about
"working with Mom."

Jimmy introduced many of his former associates to his fiancee,
Laura Johansen. They plan a May wedding.

Lucy's "Number 1 Fan" Michael Stern greets Carol Burnett (who
participated in the Lucy tribute), and good friend Lucie Arnaz.

Lucie also caught up with Frank Gorey and Wanda Clark, both considered
family members. Frank worked as Lucy's driver and "major domo" for over 30 years;
Wanda served as Lucy's secretary for over 25.

Fans Larry Pane, Jonathan Angus and Dan Wingate survey the spectacle
of the evening's production.


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:

"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:

Have a great week everybody!


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