Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 15, 2001

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Happy 50th Anniversary to anyone and everyone who ever had anything to do with I Love Lucy -- which, if you count fans as well as professionals, includes just about everyone in the civilized world.

Cannot believe it has been 50 years since Lucy first came into our lives... Having been born on "the other side" of the 1950s, I was lucky enough to have watched I Love Lucy in its original run on CBS (1951-1957), and it was indeed the phenomenon all the books describe. My family was one of the few in our small little midwestern town to own a television set -- and our house was always filled with neighbors who "just happened to stop by" on one errand or another, just in time to watch something wonderful on television. (Doctors made house calls in those days, and even he brought his younsters along when he paid a visit to our place... He would tend his patient while his children watched the TV.) Everyone had his own favorites, even in those early days. One of my bothers loved Westerns, another liked Dragnet and other police shows... My mother enjoyed musical-variety programs, and my dad watched EVERYTHING from Milton Berle to boxing... The one show we could all agree on was I Love Lucy... And now, here it is 50 years later, and the show -- and the lady -- are still bringing people together all over the world.

Tonight (October 15), TV Land cable network welcomes I Love Lucy to its prime-time lineup with a five-night marathon that includes all the great episodes. It starts with the very first episode ever aired -- "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub" -- and includes such classics as "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" and "L.A. At Last." Whatta treat!

CBS is putting the finishing touches on its own two-hour I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special which will now air in late November. We will have more specifics about this show later... Watch your local listings for exact time and channel.

Also coming up toward the end of the year will be yet another two-hour documentary, "Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz," produced by Kurt Fethke. It is tentatively scheduled to air on Bravo cable network in December.

For those who like to watch Lucy any time, any place, Columbia House Home Video, continues to issue its new I Love Lucy DVD collection. There are four discs now available (16 shows) via mail order, with a fifth disc due out in early November. If you have not already signed up (think of Columbia House as a "book of the month club" for videos) you owe it to yourself to check these out. You will not be disappointed.

So once again, Happy 50th Anniversary to Lucy Lovers everywhere... Here's to 50 more!!!

Until next time...

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