Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 7, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Thank You, KAAT

Once again we'd like to extend our thanks to Ron Paul, Stuart Shostak and radio station KAAT/Fresno for hosting last Saturday night's special salute to the 40th Anniversary of The Lucy Show. The three-hour program included "sound bites" from the series, bits of trivia, and interviews with Jimmy Garrett, Janet Waldo, and writer Bob Schiller.

Especially fascinating were Jimmy's recollections of auditioning for the role of Jerry Carmichael and of working with our favorite redhead.

"Mame" Trailer on DVD

Among the topics touched upon in Stuart's interview with actress Janet Waldo was the fact that her late husband, Robert E. Lee, co-authored the original "Auntie Mame." Robert and Janet were among those who found the musical adaptation, "Mame" a little lacking, especially in the script department. (Janet said that Robert thought the script writer "left in all the set ups but left out the punchlines" in many of the film's comedic situations.)

Be that as it may, the original Rosalind Russell movie version of "Auntie Mame" has just been released on DVD -- and included among the little "extras" is a trailer (preview) of Lucy's musical "Mame." We hope this is a hint that "Mame" itself might be released one of this days on DVD -- and CD for that matter.

"I Loved Lucy" Now in Bookstores

The paperback edition of Lee Tannen's book, "I Loved Lucy: My Friendship with Lucille Ball" has been released and can be found in most all bookstores (both the brick-and- mortar variety and those on-line).

Luckinbill as Teddy

Lucy's son-in-law, distinguished actor Laurence Luckinbill, has written and will star in a New York production of "Teddy Tonight!" a one-man show recreating President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.

The play runs October 18 through November 10, 2002, at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex in Manhattan, at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue). Performances are Wednesday-thru-Saturday at 7:30PM, with Saturday matinees at 2PM and Sunday matinees at 3PM. For ticket information, contact SmartTix at (212) 206-1515, or order on-line at

Luckinbill has won great acclaim in the past for his portrayals of Clarence Darrow and Lyndon Johnson. Move over gentlemen, here comes Teddy!

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


"Teddy Tonight!" photo by Simon Luckinbill.

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