Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Dear Fellow Lucyfans:
This just in...
LUCIE ARNAZ IS FEATURED PRESENTER AT
INTERNATIONAL HUMOR CONFERENCE ON JUNE 20-22, 2008:
LUCY AND DESI TO BE HONORED WITH THE
LAUGHTIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Saratoga Springs, NY -- We Love Lucy Fan Club members will receive a special discount to attend the 52nd international conference on "The Positive Power of Humor and Creativity" on June 20-22 on majestic Lake George in New York. This learning-filled, laughter-fueled, life-changing conference is sponsored by The HUMOR Project, Inc., which was founded by Dr. Joel Goodman in 1977 as the first organization in the world to focus full-time on the positive power of humor.
A kindred spirit with Lucie Arnaz and the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, The HUMOR Project seeks to enrich the world through the invigorating, healing powers of love, laughter, and the gift of humor. Its funtastic conferences have attracted 21,000+ people from all 50 states and six continents and have featured appearances by Steve Allen, Sid Caesar, Victor Borge, Bob Newhart, Carol Channing, Art Buchwald, Jay Leno, Al Roker, the Smothers Brothers, and even Elmo from Sesame Street. The HUMOR Project's Speakers Bureau and HUMOResources on-line bookstore have reached, touched, and tickled more than three million people around the globe.
This year's wonderful weekend conference features a special appearance by Lucie Arnaz, who will accept the Laughtime Achievement Award on behalf of her parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. During the weekend, Lucie will moderate the LOL (Legacy of Laughter) panel sponsored by TV Land. She will also present a special session on "Up Close and Personal with Lucie Arnaz" in a picturesque setting where the mountains cascade into "The Queen of American Lakes."
This unique, fun-of-a-kind conference is based on Goodman's philosophy that "Humor makes a serious difference. In this challenging world, we need humor, hope, healing and creativity more than ever to survive and thrive and to prevent a hardening of the attitudes. This weekend offers dozens of programs designed to look at the positive power of humor and creativity in business, health care, education, government, non-profit organizations, the family, and other settings. In short, it's a wonderful way to kick off Summer and get more smileage out of your life and work."
Conference Coordinator Margie Ingram adds, "The HUMOR Project is delighted to celebrate the legacy of the First Couple of Comedy and to host Lucie's spirit-lifting, thought-provoking panel at our conference. You are in for a triple LOL experience this weekend: Laughing Out Loud while Learning Out Loud about the Legacy Of Laughter. Along the way, you will learn ways to add years to your life... and life to your years.
So, if you are looking for a HUMORetreat that offers... HUMORenewal, HUMOResilience, and HUMORejuvenation, you can get more information on the June 20-22 conference by visiting www.HumorProject.com/conference. You can also request a free copy of the 2008 Humor Sourcebook at www.HumorProject.com (see pages 11-23 for a description of the conference). To register at special reduced rates, call 518-587-8770 by June 1 and use the code "WE LOVE LUCY FAN CLUB."
The admission price for the full weekend-long conference, normally $485, is $395 for club members. If one wants to purchase a "parttime" admission, good for attending three consecutive events, the fee is $315, reduced to $255 for fan club members. If, for example, you only wanted to attend the Lucy/Lucie-related events, purchase a parttime admission and attend the "Legacy of Laughter" seminar on Saturday morning and the "Up Close and Personal with Lucie Arnaz" on Saturday afternoon.
Wilmer Valderrama Headlines Jamestown Festival in May
The Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York, has unveiled its plans for this year's "Lucy-Desi Days Festival," to be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. Headlining the weekend is TV star Wilmer Valderrama.
Among the other special guests are Lucy's sister-in-law Zo Ball; actress Melody Thomas Scott; I Love Lucy's Steve Kay and film editor Dann Cahn; Lucy's longtime secretary Wanda Clark; impressionists Diane Vincente and Rhonda Medina; and Desilu attorney Howard Rayfiel. Following is the Center's press release:
TV’s “Fez” Plans Tribute to Desi Arnaz
Jamestown, NY – Wilmer Valderrama, star of That ‘70s Show and Fast Food Nation and creator and host of MTV’s Yo Momma, is heading to Jamestown, New York, on Saturday, May 24, to celebrate Desi Arnaz’s contributions to the world of entertainment.
Wilmer will take the stage to share how Desi personally inspired his career and to salute the man that paved the way for other Hispanic actors in America. With a collection of rarely seen film clips of Desi’s career -- and some added surprises -- this will be a night not to miss! Wilmer fans will also be encouraged to take part in a special question and answer session that will feature highlights of Wilmer’s career to date. A gala reception with limited admission will follow.
With more than 40 events in the line-up for Lucy-Desi Days, Jamestown, New York will be the place to be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2008!
On Friday morning, host Linda Pellegrino will kick off the weekend festivities with a broadcast of WKBW’s AM Buffalo from the Desilu Playhouse, Jamestown’s “I Love Lucy” museum. Ms. Pellegrino will interview Lucy-Desi VIPs live on the Ricardos’ New York City living room set. Weekend Guest Passes admit festival goers to the Desilu Playhouse and the Lucy-Desi Museum for this event and throughout the weekend.
Friday afternoon, Zo Ball, Lucille Ball’s sister-in-law, and her children will welcome guests on board the Summer Wind for a cruise on Lake Chautauqua. Passengers will feel like a part of Lucy’s extended family!
Melody Thomas Scott, “Nikki” of The Young & The Restless, will share stories during Sunday brunch in the beautiful recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana nightclub. That evening Melody will host the Lucy-Desi Fans Talent Show & Costume Contest, with prizes courtesy of The Franklin Mint. She’ll join other festival VIPs on stage afterward for a Grand Finale Wrap Party, with live music, wine and a wonderful dessert buffet!
Universal Studios’ “Lucy” (Diane Vincent) and her sidekick “Ethel” (Rhonda Medina) will host special “I Love Lucy” reenactment dinners each evening in the Tropicana Room.
Howard Rayfiel, Resident Counsel to Desilu Productions and Vice President of Lucille Ball Productions, will be joined by Wanda Clark, Lucy’s long-time personal secretary, in presenting a special slide show featuring never-before-seen photos of Lucille Ball along with storytelling, video highlights, and a question and answer session.
Tribute will be paid to We Love Lucy Fan Club President Tom Watson at the Fan Reunion and Picnic in Celoron. Steven Kay, the actor who played Little Ricky’s best pal, Stevie Appleby, in the classic episode that featured Superman, will make a special “I Love Lucy” Legend appearance.
Three events will celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of the beginning of the television anthology series Desilu Playhouse, sponsored by Westinghouse: “I Love Lucy” film editor Dann Cahn will introduce rarely seen footage of the series plus there will be separate screenings of two episodes, Lucille Ball in “K. O. Kitty” and Desi Arnaz in “So Tender, So Profane.”
Among the free events will be outdoor movies, a Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation-sponsored “Jamestown Loves Lucy” street festival, the Prendergast Library’s exhibit of studio audience Lucille Ball TV show tickets, original “Visions of Lucy” artwork on exhibit at Roberto’s Restaurant, and Lucy’s Mystery Theatre.
Fans will have the opportunity to qualify as finalists in three Lucy street competitions that will determine the festival’s best snail snackers, spaghetti eaters and salad dressing pushers! Komedy Kollege classes will teach ballooning, juggling, and clowning.
Collectors will have great opportunities all weekend long at the Collectors Show and the Lucy-Desi Memorabilia Auction. Film fests, Lucytown Tours, Lucy-Desi photo ops, great Lucy-Desi shopping, merchandise giveaways, and more will round out the festivities!
For complete ticket information, visit the Lucy-Desi Center web site at:
Hope you will be able to join us in Jamestown! Have a great week everybody!