Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, July 2, 2007

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

New Jamestown Merchandise Flyer

Received the latest merchandise guide from the Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop in Jamestown, NY, showcasing both new merchandise and some that are now "on sale."

Among the new items is the new Mattel "Audition" doll. Yep, they've got Lucy dressed up in her blue hat and overcoat as "The Professor," who comes to the Tropicana to audition for Ricky's band... The doll even includes a replica of Lucy's cello, complete with plunger-like stand!

The doll is priced at $49.95 and is expected to be released to stores in early fall... The gift shop is accepting pre-orders now.

Also new are stained glass wind-chimes in various designs. See the Lucy-Desi Gift Shop web site (at for complete details.

More Jamestown Photos

And speaking of Jamestown, we received an e-mail this past week containing a few more photos taken at the May Lucy-Desi Days gathering. The photos were taken by Peter Mamonis, Jr., and sent to us by Peter Ennamorato, both big Lucy fans. Thanks guys!

Vivian Vance's sister, Lou Ann Graham, hosted a special event on board the "Summer Wind"...

Lucie Arnaz cut the ribbon -- and entertained -- at the new Desi Arnaz Bandshell...

Lucie with Aunt Cleo (seated), Aunt Zo, and Cleo's son, Marc Smith...

Lucie and Lou Ann...

Lucy's final resting place...


Jamestown August Festival Plans Announced

Actress Shirley Mitchell, actor Jerry Maren, former child actors Joe and Michael Mayer, fashion/costume designer Ret Turner, and author Cindy De La Hoz will join Lucy "staffers" Wanda Clark and Frank Gorey at the 9th annual "Lucy Birthday Celebration," to be held in Jamestown, New York, the weekend of August 3-5, 2007.

Attendees will get their first look at De La Hoz's new book, "Lucy at the Movies" -- the cover of which is featured above. Ms. De La Hoz will host a special tribute to Lucy's film career, including clips of her favorite Lucy-movie-moments.

Shirley Mitchell, who portrayed Marion Strong on I Love Lucy will host a special "Birthday Party Cruise," sharing memories of working with the Redhead on what has long been considered TV's most successful series ever. Joe and Michael Mayer -- the second set of twins to portray "Little Ricky Ricardo" in the series (1953-56) -- will co-host an "I Love Lucy Legends" event -- where attendees can get their photos taken with these special guests on a recreation of the Ricardo apartment set.

Jerry Maren, who not only appeared in an episode of Here's Lucy, but some 30+ years earlier portrayed one of the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz," will share his memories of both productions in a special Saturday evening show; and designer Ret Turner will host a Lucy/fashion-themed luncheon.

Wanda Clark, who worked for over 25 years as Lucille Ball's personal secretary, and Frank Gorey, Lucy's chauffeur and "major domo," will co-host a fan reunion/picnic in nearby Celoron, where Lucy lived for much of her childhood.

For complete information about the festival weekend, including how to order tickets, visit the Lucy-Desi Center web site at:

Have a great week everybody!


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