Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, September 8, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

New 2004 "Lucy" Mattel Doll Not Announced -- But Available

How's that again?

Apparently Mattel is so pleased by the immediate success of their new "Hollywood at Last" Lucy doll, that they are already taking orders for next year's release -- Lucy Ricardo as seen in Episode #45, "Sales Resistance."

Insiders say this edition will feature Lucy in her trademark polka dot dress!

While this doll (priced at $39.95) is not scheduled to be released until June, 2004 -- and there are no pictures yet available -- The Lucy-Desi Museum Gift Show is taking pre-orders now and offering customers a free "I Love Lucy" mystery gift (valued at $9.95) with every doll ordered. Just call the Lucy-Desi Museum toll-free at 1-877-582-9326, ext. 203, to reserve yours today -- or order on-line at:

www.lucy-desi center vinyl dolls

Your credit card will not be charged until the doll is shipped to you next year. Guarantee that you will be one of the first to receive this latest Lucy collectible by pre-ordering today. Of course, your purchase through the Museum Gift Shop benefits the Lucy-Desi Museum -- and remember, a free "I Love Lucy" gift, valued at $9.95, will be included when your doll ships to you. Can't beat that!

Gift Shop Clearance Sale

Speaking of the Lucy-Desi Gift Shop, it is currently holding an "end of summer" clearance sale, to make room for some of the great new items expected out in 2004. This is a wonderful chance to pick up some bargains on items you always intended to get but somehow never did...

Over 50 items are included in the sale, everything from sweat shirts to video tapes to teddy bears to banks, watches, T-shirts, etc. For information, visit their on-line shop at:

www.lucy-desi center Summer Clearance

Buckle Down, Winsocki...

First the good news: Rhino Handmade has issued the first-ever full soundtrack of MGM's 1943 musical, "Best Foot Forward," starring Lucille Ball, William Gaxton, Tommy Dix, June Allyson, Nancy Walker, and Gloria DeHaven. The CD (a limited edition of 2500) is priced at $19.95, and is available exclusively from the Rhino Handmade web site.

Now the bad news: if you like 1940s "college musicals," this one is a winner. But if you want to hear Lucille Ball's voice -- forget it. Her singing voice was dubbed in this picture by Gloria Grafton.

For complete information, visit the Rhino Handmade web site at:

Trivia note: ever wonder how they came up with "Winsocki" as the name for the prep school featured in "Best Foot Forward"? Legend has it that when the Broadway version of the musical was being prepared in 1941, the school was given the working name, "Tioga." But co-producers George Abbott and Richard Rodgers knew that would never work. "What we need," said Abbott, "is a name that has something to do with winning and has a lot of sock in it." "That's it!" replied Rodgers. "Winsocki." "Buckle Down Winsocki," the school's fight song, quickly became a stand-alone pop hit.


Have a great week, everybody!


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