Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Happy Lucy Day!

Yes, believe it or not, another year has zoomed by, and today marks the 51st anniversary of the "I Love Lucy" phenomenon. (It stopped being just a television show years ago.) As one who grew up watching the program first in prime time, then in daytime network reruns, then all over the dial in syndicated and cable replays, I have found it comforting to know that no matter how crazy the rest of the world may seem, there's always Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel to brighten our day!

Auntie Maimed?

In last week's letter I mentioned that Warner Bros. Home Video has released a new DVD of Rosalind Russell's 1958 motion picture "Auntie Mame," and that the disc also contains a trailer (preview) of Lucy's 1974 musical "Mame." All of which is true... But I am sorry to report that I have since seen said trailer, and it is more "lame" than "Mame." The scene selection is so-so, but the voice-over narration seems to have been done by a somnambulist. If this was the preview that was released to theatres to promote the picture, it is no wonder people stayed away.

"Hold the Boat!" is now "Unload the Boat!"

Remember when Lucy Ricardo inadvertently missed the boat as she left for Europe? Well, here we are 47 years later, and she is still having dock-side troubles. This time, however, she is encountering difficulty getting off a boat... As I reported last week on our message board, Mattel's latest Lucy doll, dressed in the Paris "burlap bag" outfit, has been delayed in getting into the stores this fall... They are among the thousands and thousands of items stacked up in West Coast harbors waiting to be unloaded and sent to the appropriate warehouses. The striking dockworkers have recently returned to work, so hopefully everything will be back to normal before long. Bottom line: don't rent a helicopter and try to rescue Lucy from Pier 13 -- She's already on her way!

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


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