Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 1, 2001

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

There is a song lyric that says, "Everything old is new again," and it was never more true than now...

Take this Sunday's CBS telecast of The 53rd Annual Emmy Awards, for example. The program had originally been scheduled for Sunday, September 16, but was postponed in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The show has been exensively revised -- and may, in fact, resemble one of the somber Oscar Award evenings of World War II. The proceedings have been intentionally toned down and "de-glamorized," with celebrities being asked NOT to dress in evening clothes. Walter Cronkite will open the show with remarks about the terrorist attacks, and tributes will be made within the show to New York City police and firemen. There will also be an emphasis on television's contributions to society, and -- Lucyfans take note -- there will be a special tribute to I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary: included will be clips from the show in Spanish, Russian, and possibly Japanese, illustrating Lucy's broad international appeal.

Like the Emmy programs of the 1950s and '60s, Sunday's show will be bi-coastal, originating from both the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and an NBC Television studio in New York City (to accomodate those New York-based celebrities who do not yet feel like traveling). All in all, it should be an interesting and nostalgic evening.

Speaking of nostalgic evenings -- CBS has scheduled its two-hour I Love Lucy: 50th Anniversary Special for Sunday, November 11. Please check local listings for time and channel.

There is no better place to celebrate Lucy's 50th Anniversary than your local bookstore. There is a flood of new books about to arrive on the shelves -- and we hope to have "reviews" of them posted elsewhere on this web site in the next few days. First and foremost is "I Love Lucy: Celebrating 50 Years of Love and Laughter" by Elisabeth Edwards. This 290-page oversized coffee-table book is a compendium of "all things Lucy," including photos from each and every episode of I Love Lucy, plotlines, biographies, trivia facts -- and questions!, glimpses of the cast backstage, reproductions of script pages, and testimonials from such celebrities as Jenna Elfman, Rosie O'Donnell, and Melody Thomas Scott. There's even a chapter on Lucy's fans, and what is happening in the world of Lucy today! A must for every Lucyfan!

Also hitting the stores is "The 'I Love Lucy' Book of Trivia" by Ric Wyman, which like the Edwards book contains page after page of fabulous photographs. This one, however, is devoted to testing your knowledge of a certain sitcom we all know and love. There are 95 different games -- some are questions, some are true-or-false, some are identify-the-face, some are "name the character..." etc., etc. Hours of fun for Lucy fanatics of all ages!

And lastly, there's "Color Me Lucy"a new coloring book by yours truly... The publisher, Running Press, has taken some of the materials I prepared for last year's "Classic Moments from 'I Love Lucy'", added some newly-created plot synopses, and married them to brand-new illustrations by Len Epstein -- resulting in a book that is both something to color and an informal reference manual. I won't comment on my contributions, but I think Epstein's drawings are, as Lucy might say, "wundaful"!

While you are in the stores, be sure to pick up Lee Tannen's remarkable new memoire, "I Loved Lucy: My Friendship with Lucille Ball" which focuses on Lucy's later life, and "Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz" by Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert. Yes, this one has been out for a while -- but it has been re-issued with a special 50th Anniversary Edition, including a new foreword by Lucy scribes Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis.

Plenty of reading ahead for all of us!

Until next time...

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