Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, September 30, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Happy Anniversary to the Carmichael Clan!

Yes, The Lucy Show celebrates its 40th anniversary this week... While this program has often been seen as something of a "poor relation" to Lucille Ball's original series -- you know, whatzitsname? -- The Lucy Show was a huge success in its own right... Had it not been for The Beverly Hillbillies, The Lucy Show would have ranked as the top-rated sitcom of the mid-1960s...

We are particularly fond of the first two seasons of the show, which were conceived by Lucy's longtime writers, Bob Carroll, Madelyn (Pugh) Martin, Bob Weiskopf and Bob Schiller. The first season alone was chock-full of such "classics" as Lucy and Viv putting up a TV antenna, the ladies trying to install a shower, and Lucy trying to get into a top bunk by using her son's stilts!

A great many members of our We Love Lucy organization, particularly those between the ages of 40 - 55, have told us over the years that they first "fell in love with Lucy" by watching The Lucy Show every Monday night on CBS -- and only later discovered the pleasures of watching the redhead's earlier programs in reruns.

So, Happy Anniversary to Lucy Carmichael, Vivian Bagley, Chris and Jerry Carmichael, Sherman Bagley and all the other talented individuals on both sides of the camera that made The Lucy Show such a success.

KAAT Salutes 'Lucy'

Once again, Ron Paul and his KAAT radio series "Flying Home" is saluting our favorite redhead, this time in celebration of The Lucy Show turning 40.

The program will air this coming Saturday, October 5, at 8-11PM/Pacific Time, 11P-2AM Eastern. You can hear the program over the internet by accessing the link in our "media center" area of this web site, or by clicking onto the station's own web site (at

Ron's in-studio guests on Saturday will include Jimmy Garrett, who co-starred in The Lucy Show as Lucy's son Jerry, and longtime Lucy-buff Stuart Shostak. (Stu was Lucy's film archivist for many years, and is a longtime member of We Love Lucy.) Joining them via long-distance telephone will be writer Bob Schiller, actress Janet Waldo (who portrayed Lucy Carmichael's sister in a first-season episode, and yours truly.

We hope you will listen -- and feel free to "call in" to the show with questions.

West Hollywood Book Fair

Also on Saturday, October 5, Gregg Oppenheimer will host a Lucy video presentation and discussion, "Still Loving Lucy," at the West Hollywood Book Fair. The Fair will be held in the West Hollywood Park, at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. (across from the Pacific Design Center). Gregg's presentation will be from 4:30 to 5:30PM. Gregg will also be selling and signing his book, "Laughs, Luck and Lucy," with sales proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

If you are in the Los Angeles/West Hollywood area on Saturday, stop by and say hello to Gregg!

That's the news for today...See you next week!


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