Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, September 15, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Remembering John Ritter...

How sad to wake up on Friday morning and learn that actor/comedian John Ritter had passed away the night before. John, of course, was one of Lucy's favorites -- and she relished the week he guest-starred on her Life with Lucy series. I had the pleasure of meeting him that week, and found him to be totally open and charming. He was as friendly to "us little folk" as he was to his fellow performers.

The episode he did ("Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter") was filmed on August 14, 1986. Five weeks later, on Saturday, September 20, Lucy asked me to accompany her to a rehearsal for the next night's "Emmy Awards." Ritter was there, and after the two of them hugged, he pulled me aside and asked if I had seen the October issue of Life magazine, which had just hit the newsstands. He pulled out a copy and was totally ecstatic over the fact that the magazine had included him in a line-up of Lucy photos:

"I don't deserve this," he said. "She's here with Desi... here with Vivian Vance... And here with me! I'm in shock!" But he was also beaming and grinning from ear-to-ear.

That's the kind of man he was.

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Turning to news about Lucy Collectibles...

Dress as "Lucy" on Halloween

Or anytime, if that's your thing! The Lucy-Desi Gift Shop has announced there are two new I Love Lucy costumes and a new Lucy wig now available. The costumes are patterned after Lucy's candy-factory uniform, and the dress she is wearing when she does her Vitameatavegamin commercial. These are priced at $35.95 each. The wig -- just the thing to finish off each ensemble -- sells for $19.95.

For complete information, visit the Gift Shop web site at:

www.lucy-desi center - Halloween Costumes

New Christmas Blanket

Also new at the Gift Shop is this limited edition woven throw blanket. It features Lucy and the gang, all dressed as Santa. Just the thing to keep you warm and toasty on those cold winter nights -- when you snuggle up to watch your favorite Lucy rerun.

The blanket is priced at $47.95, but the Gift Shop is offering it at the special discounted price of $39.95 if you order by September 30. (The blankets will arrive from the factory in mid-October, and be shipped to you at that time.)

For complete information, visit the Gift Shop web site at:

www.lucy-desi center - Four Funny Santas Blanket


Have a great week, everybody!


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