Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 8, 2001

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

By now, everyone knows that Sunday evening's presentation of the The 53rd Annual Emmy Awards was again postponed, due to the escalation of the War Against Terrorism. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences still hopes to be able to present the awards at a later date. The alternative would be for the envelopes to be opened privately, the winners announced in the press, and the awards shipped to the honorees. We will keep you apprised as more information becomes available.

On the "Lucy 50th Anniversary" front: collectors will want to hit the newsstands this week seeking the TV Guides for next week (i.e., the week of October 13-19). The magazine will be published with EIGHT different I Love Lucy-themed covers, with yet a 9th cover being available for purchase via their web site. For more details -- and a sneak-peek at two of the covers -- see our story, TV Guide Loves Lucy.

Monday, October 15th, of course, is the official date of Lucy's 50th Anniversary, and TV Land cable network will be launching their special festivities that night. Meanwhile, over on Home Shopping Network, Lucy-impersonator Suzanne LaRusch will be hosting a one-hour program featuring various Lucy merchandise... The program airs "live" at 11PM ET/8PM PT. Among the items being sold are the Lucy pajamas, the Rocky Mountain Chocolates -- and a few surprises!

Fans in the Philadelphia area may want to motor over to the Franklin Center area, home of the Franklin Mint. The museum there is presenting a special Lucille Ball exhibit this month (October 2 thru November 6), and it includes artifacts representing Lucy's career in the movies as well as television. Included are rare movie posters, pictures, awards, costumes, TV Guide covers, many movie magazines, etc. Most of the items were donated for use in his special exhibit by Michael Stern (whom Lucy and her mother, DeDe, always called "Lucy's #1 Fan"). Also included are sketches by fashion designer Elois Jenssen, on loan from the collection of Allan Glaser. For more information, visit the Franklin Mint Museum web-page at

Until next time...

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