Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, June 16, 2008

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Howard Rayfiel Remembers Lucy...

Howard Rayfiel, resident counsel to Desilu Productions and later a vice-president at Lucille Ball Productions, has written a fascinating new memoir, "Where the Hell is Desilu?" (Photo left by Jean Ferro.)

The book -- subtitled, "How to Fail in Hollywood Without Really Trying" -- spans not only Howard's 9-year association with our favorite redhead, but his entire career in the business of "entertainment law."

Included are behind-the-scenes stories about the final years of The Lucy Show and the subsequent Here's Lucy series.

The book is available for purchase over the internet ($15.95 + shipping) at:

(If the above link does not work, type into your browser -- -- That will take you to a main page with a "search" function. In the "search" box type -- desilu -- which should take you to the proper location.)

At Long Last: My Three Sons on DVD!

Fans of William Frawley and the classic TV sitcom My Three Sons can rejoice... CBS/Paramount Home Video is bringing the series to DVD.

"Season One, Part One" of the long-running comedy series, starring Fred MacMurray, Frawley, Tim Considine, Don Grady and Stanley Livingston, is due in video stores September 30, with a suggested retail price of $42.99. Included will be 18 black-and-white episodes from the premiere (1960-61) season on three DVD discs:


Jamestown August Festival

Actress Ruta Lee, character-actor Joseph Ruskin, and Vivian Vance's sister, Lou Ann Graham, will be the special guests at this year's "Lucy's Birthday Celebration" in Jamestown, New York.

The schedule of events, unveiled by the Lucy-Desi Center's Ric Wyman, also includes a luncheon salute to fashion designer Elois Jenssen (hosted by author Allan Glaser), and appearances by Lucy's longtime employees Frank Gorey and Wanda Clark, and by Lucy-Ethel impressionists Diane Vincente and Rhonda Medina.

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!

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).

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 ( 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 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.


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 You can also request a free copy of the 2008 Humor Sourcebook at (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!

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