Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 27, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Thanks to all who have sent e-mails the past few days commenting on the changes being made to the web site. We will continue to post new material on a regular basis. Many people were particularly pleased to see items relating to The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. Here is one of the notes:

Thank you so much for such a great website!!! I have been a Lucy fan since I was a little. My first memory of Lucy was watching Here's Lucy on my grandparent's Philco television. I am 37 and I know that I Love Lucy is the classic, but Here's Lucy is the program I grew up with and enjoy the most. I have always liked the opening credits, not to mention the show.

Anyway, I have a few questions:

1) I keep seeing on the discussion board that The Lucy Show is going to be remade with Lea T. Is this really true and what is the schedule for release?

2) When Life With Lucy came out in 1986, I was so excited that I took time off from work to see her show. I know that Lucy thought that she was "doing crap" but it was an event and great to see her on TV again. When her show left the air, I wrote to Lucy and explained to her how much I enjoyed all of her shows and could not believe her show was cancelled. I did receive a letter from Wanda Clark in response, along with an autographed picture from Lucy. It is of her sitting by a swimming pool with "Love Lucy" written on the picture. (I joined We Love Lucy about this same time.) I have seen this picture in TV Guide. My question is this: Is this an authentic autograph, or some sort of print? In any case, I will never sell it because the letter came from the desk and address of Lucille Ball and I will always cherish it.

(Sure if someone offer me $1,000,000.00 I would sell it, but the photo has sentimental value to me.)

Tom, thanks again for all of your work, and I hope to meet you some day. If there is anything I might be able to do to contribute to your website, please let me know.

A devoted fan

To answer his questions -- I have not heard that anyone is remaking The Lucy Show. What would be the point? The show was built to showcase the comedic talents of Lucille Ball. Without her, what do you have? (I Love Lucy, on the other hand, relied more on storylines than on the star's persona, and it has been "remade" in foreign countries.)

I would have to see the photo to know whether or not it was an original autograph or one that was printed onto the picture. But even if it were the latter, the signature itself would have been Lucy's -- it was just written onto the master print before copies were made.

"The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of...:

Los Angeles members take note: on November 8, Gregg Oppenheimer turns back the clock to 1946 and recreates an Academy Award Theatre radio broadcast of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."

As Gregg explains, "Although it's a radio show, it's not being broadcast anywhere. We just do it the way they did radio shows in the old days -- live, on stage, scripts in hand, with live sound effects and vintage microphones." The presentation is part of the annual convention of SPERDVAC (Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy).

Among the Lucy favorites appearing in Gregg's production are Shirley Mitchell (photo, right), and Elliot Reid (who played the interviewer of the "Face to Face" program on I Love Lucy). Also appearing will be Harold Gould (known primarily to TV fans as Rhoda's father), Frank Aletter, and Laugh-in's Gary Owens. Tony Pope, a voice actor who does a wonderful Humphrey Bogart immitation, stars in the radio play as detective Sam Spade.

"The Maltese Falcon" is part of the convention's Saturday evening dinner presentation. Dinner is at 6:30pm and "Falcon" starts at 7:30pm (followed by yet another radio play at approximately 8:15pm). Tickets for the evening (including dinner) cost $60 at the door; $55 if pre-registered. The SPERDVAC Convention is being held at the Hacienda Hotel, 525 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA -- a few blocks south of LAX. For complete information about the evening, the radio show and the convention, visit the SPERDVAC web site at:


Have a great week, everybody!


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