Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, October 15, 2007
56th Anniversary of "I Love Lucy"
Dear Fellow Lucyfans:
"I Love Lucy Square" Ceremony November 15
A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the Los Angeles City Council had voted to rename the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Plymouth Boulevard near Paramount Studios "I Love Lucy Square," in honor of both Lucille Ball and restaurant owner Lucy Casada.
We now know that the official ceremony will take place on Thursday afternoon, November 15, at 4PM.
We will report any additional details as they become available.
Carol + Lucy
The Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY, is the proud recipent of a very special gift from actress-comedienne Carol Burnett: copies of the three episodes of "The Carol Burnett Show" on which Lucille Ball guest-starred!
Not seen since their original airings in the late 1960s, the shows have long been of interest to Lucy fans. The Museum plans to incorporate the shows into a future exhibit.
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Friends of Old-Time Radio
The 2007 convention of the Friends of Old-Time Radio will be held in Newark, New Jersey, on October 18-21. Lucie Arnaz will appear in Gregg Oppenheimer's special production of "Harry Lime" on Friday evening, October 19.
Also appearing at the convention will be such celebs as Shirley Mitchell, Chuck McCann, Gil Stratton Jr., Joe Franklin, and Will Hutchins.
For a complete rundown on the guest celebrities and the entire weekend of events, visit the Friends of Old-Time Radio web site at:
New "I Love Lucy" Complete Series - DVD Update
CBS/Paramount Home Video will release the Complete Series edition of its popular "I Love Lucy" DVDs next Tuesday, October 23rd.
The new set will include -- as Bonus Materials -- the long "lost" 1953 "I Love Lucy Movie," a newly colorized rendition of the "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode, footage of the "Lucy" gang picking up Emmys at the 1954 awards banquet, and highlights of Lucy and Desi's very first TV appearance (on CBS' Ed Wynn show).
The package will also include the original "I Love Lucy" pilot and all 35 episodes from season #1 (1951-52), now digitally restored. Discs from Seasons 2-9 (including the Lucy-Desi comedy hours) will be exactly the same as those currently being sold -- except they are all available here in a single collection.
They're Playing Her Song
Lucie Arnaz, Robert Klein, and conductor Marvin Hamlish will bring their "30th Anniversary" concert version of "They're Playing Our Song" to the San Diego Symphony for two nights, November 9th and 10th. Performances are at 8PM.
The two performers vocally recreate the songs from the Broadway show, and share stories about their award-winning work together back in the late 1970s.
For information about the performances, visit the San Diego Symphony web site at:
Janet Waldo Joins Recreation of "Benny" Broadcast
Actress Janet Waldo -- who played Peggy Dawson in the famous "Young Fans" episode of "I Love Lucy" -- has joined the cast of Gregg Oppenheimer's upcoming recreation of "The Jack Benny Program."
As mentioned here previously, this special one-day-only 75th Anniversary recreation of the Benny show will be part of a special luncheon sponsored by SPERDVAC -- the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy. It will be held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, California, starting at 12 Noon. Tickets for the show (including lunch) are $25.
"The Jack Benny Program" will star impressionist Eddie Carroll starring as the Milwaukee Penny-pincher. Comedian-impressionist Chuck McCann will appear as Don Wilson, with three original Benny cast members -- Beverly Washburn, Stuffy Singer, and Shirley Mitchell -- being featured in the cast. Also appearing will be Dena Dietrich, Tommy Cook, Gloria McMillan, John Stephenson, and Don King.
We will have more information about special event in the next few weeks, and you can also visit the SPERDVAC web site for updates:
Have a great week everybody!
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