Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, March 3, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,


Lucy Wins "Best Food Fight" Award

Classic TV stars turned out in droves last night for the presentation of TV Land's first annual Viewers' Choice Awards, held at the historic Hollywood Paladium. Among those in attendance were director Bill Asher, Don Knotts, Barbara Eden, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers, Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Diahann Carroll, Marc Copage, and dozens more...

The event was the presentation of newly-designed special awards for some of TV's longtime favorites -- selected and voted on by the viewing public. I Love Lucy episode #36, "Job Switching" won in the category called "Best Food Fight." Vivian Vance was nominated in the "Favorite Second Banana" competition -- but lost to Don Knotts of The Andy Griffith Show.

John Ritter hosted the event, which will be aired on TV Land Cable Network Wednesday, March 12. (Check local listings for time and channel.)

KAAT Remembers Roz

KAAT Radio (Fresno, CA) disc jockey Ron Paul set aside part of his "Flying Home" radio program last Saturday night to salute the late Roz Borden, who passed away January 23, after a long illness. Roz's twin sister Marilyn was on hand, and We Love Lucy's Stuart Shostak and I joined the show via long-distance telephone from Los Angeles.

Sadly, we were not able to air the show "live" on the internet as we have in the past, but Ron recorded the show, and we will add an edited version to our Media Center library soon.

Jamestown Festival Loves Roz, too

Marilyn Borden will also be a special guest at a tribute to "Teensy and Weensy" at this year's Lucy Festival held in Jamestown, New York over Memorial Day weekend.

As mentioned here a few weeks ago, I will also be hosting a special We Love Lucy Fan Club event at the festival, most likely on Sunday morning, May 25. Titled "Let's Talk Lucy," the event will include film and tape clips from some of our Loving Lucy Conventions, interviews with a few special guests, and a question/answer forum. We will have more specifics on this soon... Hope to see you there!

Vivian Gets a Day!

Vivian Vance's hometown of Cherryvale, Kansas, has announced that it is naming her birthday -- July 26 -- "Vivian Vance Day," and will be celebrating her memory with various special events. This past Valentine's Day they named a street Vivian Vance Memorial Drive. Again, we will keep you posted as to what events may be in the planning stages for this coming summer.

"The Wonder Show" on Its Way

As mentioned last week, we will be selling CD copies of Lucy's 1938 appearances on Jack Haley's "The Wonder Show." We had hoped to have the order form up-and-operational by now, but experienced a slight delay -- but fear not, the discs will be available very soon.


Turning to our "Lucy Mailbag," we received an e-message this past week from Jenny Celli:

"On a lark, I decided to run actress Elvia Allman's name through the search engine Google. I knew, of course, that she had appeared in the famous candy factory episode, but was reminded that she had also appeared in "Homecoming" and the Tallulah Bankhead show.

In everything that I have read about her, they say she was an actress with a very distinctive voice. This I can personally attest to! Even now if I overhear her in a rerun of one of the many shows she did, I run to my set to see what she's up to.

She was a very wonderful woman and I loved her very much. While the rest of the world will never forget her as the boss at the candy factory, or any of her other memorable characters, I will never forget her as the wonderful grandmother that she was. No one ever told bedtime stories the way Gramma Elvia did!


Have a great week!


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