Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Saturday, September 13, 2008 Updated 9/15/08

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Pat Smith Named Interim Leader at Lucy-Desi Center

Ed Fagin, chairman of the board of directors of the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York, announced Friday that Patricia Smith, a management consultant, has been hired to serve as the Center's Interim Associate Director responsible for day-to-day operations, replacing Ric Wyman and Pat Brininger, both of whom are no longer with organization.

When questioned by the local Post-Journal newspaper, Wyman said:

"I'm as confident as ever in believing the legacy of Lucille Ball is the catalyst for economic development of this community. I have been privileged to be the executive director of an organization that bring so many good feelings to visitors from all over the world."

Two other center officials, Libby Nord and Mary Jane Price, were promoted to the positions of development coordinator and mission-and-outreach director, respectively.

We will keep you posted as further information becomes available...


Friends of Old Time Radio - October Gathering

Lucie Arnaz and her husband Laurence Luckinbill will be appearing in various events at the 33rd "Friends of Old Time Radio" gathering on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Newark Airport Holiday Inn, Newark, NJ.

On Saturday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., Lucie will participate in the "Singers and Musicians" panel, and will perform a song from "They're Playing Our Song," accompanied on the piano by Brian Gari, the grandson of Eddie Cantor.

Then at 5:00 p.m., Gregg Oppenheimer will direct Larry and Lucie in a re-creation of a hilarious episode of "The Bickersons".

After the Saturday dinner banquet, Gregg will direct Larry and Lucie in another radio re-creation: "X Minus One: Mars Is Heaven," based on Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles," co-starring Harold Gould (of TV's "Rhoda"), Shirley ("Marion Strong") Mitchell, Arthur Anderson (one of the original players in Orson Welles' "Mercury Theatre on the Air" and the voice of the "Lucky Charms" leprechaun), and actor Will Hutchins (of TV's "Sugarfoot"). Keir Dullea and Gil Stratton, originally announced for this production, have had to cancel.

More information and a complete schedule can be found at:

Have a great week everybody!

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