Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, November 3, 2003 -- Updated 11/4/03

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Get 'em While They Last!

A few weeks ago we mentioned that the latest Mattel Lucy doll -- the one based on "L.A. at Last," and featuring Lucy with her burning nose -- is virtually sold out at the factory... We are now pleased to report that the Lucy-Desi Museum Gift Shop foresaw such an occurance and made sure they had a few extras.

This doll will be available through December 31 -- or while this limited supply lasts -- for the original price of $39.95. After December 31, any remaining dolls will be sold at the secondary market price of $69.95.

If you always meant to get one but thought you had plenty of time, do not let this chance get away. The now out- of- production dolls are already selling for two and three times their original price in some secondary markets.

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

"Ball of Fire" Author Visits Jamestown

Stefan Kanfer, author of the recent Lucille Ball biography, "Ball of Fire," will visit Lucy's hometown of Jamestown, NY, for a special radio interview, next Monday, November 10, at 7PM (eastern time). The interview has been arranged by Buffalo, NY's public radio station, WBFO, who will host the live broadcast at Jamestown's Justice Jackson Center. The broadcast is free and open to the public. Those unable to attend can listen live in the Buffalo area at WBFO 88.7 on the FM dial, and in Jamestown at WUBJ 88.1 FM.

People outside the area can hear the broadcast on-line at

As anyone who has read the book knows, it is filled with inaccuracies. Example: he describes Lucy Ricardo's Brown Derby experience as "Lucy argues rudely with the star, who is dining alone at an adjoining booth..." Argues rudely? Has the man never seen one of the most popular I Love Lucys of all time? Even more galling: he lifts quotes given by people to other authors/publications, and makes them sound as though the person spoke with Kanfer himself...

Bottom line: this is an opportunity for Lucyfans to call in and ask this new "Lucy authority" a few poignant questions...

Sam Spade and the Black Bird

Speaking of radio, I wanted to remind fans in the Los Angeles area that Gregg Oppenheimer is recreating a 1946 radio broadcast of "The Maltese Falcon" this Saturday night, November 8, with an all-star cast that includes Lucy favorites Shirley Mitchell and Elliott Reid. It's being staged live at the Hacienda Hotel, 525 N. Sepulveda, just south of LAX, and is part of a banquet dinner show for the annual SPERDVAC convention.

For complete information, visit the SPERDVAC web site at:

Keith Thibodeaux in LA in January

Last but not least, we wanted to mention that Keith ("Little Ricky") Thibodeaux will appear at Ray & Sharon Courts' "Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show" in North Hollywood the weekend of January 17 & 18, 2004.

For information about the Courts events, visit their web site at:

Have a great week, everybody!


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