Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, June 9, 2008
Dear Fellow Lucyfans:
Jamestown August Festival
Ric Wyman of the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, NY. is busy putting the final touches on plans for "Lucy's Birthday Celebration," scheduled for August 1-3rd. Ric promises to post the complete guest list and a rundown of the weekend's events on the Center's web site later today... For complete details, visit:
My partner Richard Brock and I are planning to attend... Richard will be at his piano for many of the events, and Ric has me involved in a couple of the programs, too... We had so much fun in May, visiting with old friends and meeting many new ones. I hope many of you will be able to join us in August!
Mike Myers Loves Lucy, too
Our roving correspondent, Michael Stern -- who seems to attend everything -- reports that comedian Mike Myers received the "Legacy of Laughter Award" (named for Lucille Ball) at last night's "TV Land Awards" held at Barker Hanger (Santa Monica, Ca).
Myers said that his dad loved Lucy and they would watch it all the time on TV. Myers said he was thrilled to be associated with Lucille Ball.
The Awards show will air on TV land next Sunday, and will be repeated periodically over the next couple of weeks. (Check local listings for exact time and cable channel.)
The cast of "Golden Girls," "The Office," "Roseanne" and Garry Marshall also received special awards.
Dann Cahn Memoirs...
Good News! Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- tells us that he is back at his computer keyboard, writing the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times." Dann hopes to have the article finished in the next few months, and will be selling it to interested fans...
As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.
To date, Dann has finished three stories devoted to his "Lucy" years: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.
Dann sold copies of the booklets at the Lucy-Desi Festival in Jamestown, NY, over Memorial Day -- but also wants to make them available again to readers of this web site. The spiral-bound booklets are priced at $12 each or all three for $28 (including postage and handling), and can be purchased from Dann directly.
Send check or money order to:Mr. Dann Cahn
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049
If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription(s).
FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS:
Katharine Luckinbill at Laguna Playhouse
Katharine Luckinbill, daughter of Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill, is currently appearing in the world premiere of a new play, "Alexandros," at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. The play, written by Melinda Lopez and directed by David Ellenstein, is described as "a birthday party nobody will forget, a hilarious human comedy with a warm Latin heart." It concerns a Cuban-exile family that gathers in Miami to celebrate the 75th birthday of the family matriarch.
For complete ticket information, visit the Laguna Playhouse web site (www.lagunaplayhouse.com) or call 949-497-2787, extension 1.
Bewitched "Fan Fare" Convention Set for June 25-28 in Los Angeles
This year’s Bewitched Fan Fare will be held at the Victory Theater Center in Burbank, California from June 25 – 28.
"It's the perfect location," said Mark Simpson, Chairman and Founder of Bewitched Fan Fare, "it is a lovely classical theater, loaded with history. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue, especially with all of the special events we will be including as part of Fan Fare this year."
Some of those “special events” include tributes to Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery (who recently was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) and producer William Asher, as well as a history of the Warner Brother’s Ranch (where Bewitched’s exterior scenes were filmed for it’s entire 8-year run), a “Cosmos Cotillion”, presentation of the first annual Bewitched Fan Fare Appreciation Award, and appearances by some very special guests. Said Simpson, "We want to have a great time celebrating Bewitched, as always, but we also want to be able to educate the upcoming generation of fans about the show and its stars."
Seats are limited, and those interested in attending Bewitched Fan Fare 2008 can get more information at www.TheBewitchedCollector.com Registration cost is $65 per person and provides admission to all Fan Fare events, except those which may require an additional outside admission fee. All airfare, lodging, meals, etc. are the sole responsibility of attendee, unless otherwise stated.
Bewitched Fan Fare is a worldwide organization with members from all over the Cosmos, providing an annual convention loaded with fun, games and magic to witches and mortals alike since 2000 (BC). The 2006 Bewitched in Salem (MA) Convention was the biggest yet, attracting worldwide media attention.
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.
Have a great week everybody!