Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 28, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Radio Salute to Desi Arnaz

KAAT Radio's Ron Paul will devote his Saturday-evening radio program of November 30 to a Salute to Desi Arnaz. Stuart Shostak and yours truly will be on hand to discuss Desi's early career as a bandleader and recording artist. Included on the program will be many of the Latin American tunes Desi sang during the 1940s, as well as many that were later used on I Love Lucy.

If you have a favorite Desi song that you'd like to have played, please e-mail us before the 30th, and we will try to include it. As always, you can listen to the broadcast over the internet, by visiting our "media center" and clicking on the KAAT Radio icon. We will have more information about the show as we get closer to the airdate.

What's a Giclee?

Fans who viewed the last few "Lucy Hours" on Home Shopping Network most likely were introduced to the word "giclee." We'd never heard the word before -- but it's a piece of artwork that has been printed on canvas or paper. No, it is not an original oil-painting on canvas, but a reproduction... Artist Linda Koast is the "officially licensed" artist who is now producing Lucy art...

Included inLinda's current offerings are renditions of "California, Here We Come," Lucy and Ethel at the Chocolate Factory, Lucy eating snails in Paris, Lucy selling Vitameatavegamin, and Lucy and Ricky singing "We're Having a Baby."

Unfortunately, these are not cheap... (With a name like giclee, we wouldn't expect them to be!) Unframed giclees on canvas (30-inch by 40) sell for $1100.00. Smaller 15x20 inch giclees are $375. Ms. Koast's originals, of course, sell for much more. "California, Here We Come," an original acrylic on canvas, measuring 36x48-inches, is for sale at $12,000!

For more information, visit the McTara Gallery on-line at

Amsel in Auction

While we are on the topic of art, we have a non-Lucy item to mention: we were notified last week that artist Richard Amsel's original artwork for "Hello Dolly" is being auctioned by the Dennis Auction house in Stewartsville, New Jersey on November 3, 11AM Eastern time. Lucy herself was a big Amsel fan, and we know many of our readers are, too.

Jack Benny Convention

One last non-Lucy item: The International Jack Benny Fan Club will hold its first-ever "39 Forever" Convention on Valentine's Day weekend, 2003. (Jack's birthday was on Valentine's Day.) The Convention will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel located at the Los Angeles Airport. Among the guests scheduled to appear are impressionist Eddie Carroll (recreating many of Jack's most-famous bits), Jack's daughter Joan Benny, and his longtime manager Irving Fein.

For more information, visit the club's web site at

That's the news for today... Thanks for checking in!


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