Wow! Word is really getting around! I was just getting around to booking my family's reservations in Jamestown,NY for the annual Lucy-Desi weekend. It is an amazing event that fills the whole town with the most amazing Lucy fans you'll ever meet! There are scavenger hunts, contests, prizes, seminars, slide shows, films, presentations, auctions, and so much more brought to you by fans, colleagues, people that worked on the I Love Lucy Show, Some of Lucy's relatives and other well-known celebrities. This year, the celebration is May 22 - 24. Most the the hotels in downtown Jamestown are already booked up so you might find yourself staying 10-20 miles out of town but it's worth it. If you are anywhere within driving distance, this festival is well worth the trip! Rest assured, I will be reporting back with everything that happened. Also, keep in mind, there's also a huge celebration in town for Lucy's birthday in August and hotels are mostly booked up for then too so start thinking about that now and make your arrangements now!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Posted by Kathie at 11:41 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Jamestown, NY - Jamestown, New York, area resident Patrick Malley surprised the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center when he donated a one-of-a-kind plaque that was presented to his father in 1947 by DesiArnaz. After having the award at his home for years, the Falconer, New York,resident decided to retire it to the archives at the Lucy-Desi Center.
The exciting news is that the opening of the new Lucy-Desi Museum in downtown Jamestown, Lucille Ball's hometown, has provided the opportunity to allow this terrific artifact to be seen by the public. Patrick's father, Thomas Malley, was a successful jockey who won theBelmont Stakes riding Faireno in 1932. Desi Arnaz was an avid horseracing fan; at one time he raised horses on his California ranch. The plaque reads "Presented by Desi Arnaz to Thomas Malley, Winning Jockey on Lighthouse, Tavistock Purse 8-26-47."
In sharing the news of the gift, the Lucy-Desi Center's Ric Wyman noted, "Being able to share this artifact with our visitors is a greatway to show Desi's love for horses and horse racing. We are grateful to Patrick for his generous donation."
For more information about the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, call or visit the Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop, 300 North Main Street,Jamestown, NY 14701, (716) 484-0800 (toll-free: 1-877-LUCY-FAN) orvisit online at www.lucy-desi.com. The Lucy-Desi Museum at 10 W. ThirdStreet, the Desilu Playhouse at 2 W. Third Street, and the Gift Shopare open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. onSundays.
Posted by Kathie at 12:00 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Posted by Kathie at 3:45 PM
"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead."
Posted by Kathie at 4:40 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Little Ricky: Little Ricky Ricardo was born January 19,1953 - the same time as Lucy and Desi's real baby, Desi Jr came into the world. More people watched this episode than watched President Eisenhower be inaugurated the very next day. Approximately 45 million viewers to be exact!
Club Memberships: Lucy and Ethel were faithful members of the "Wednesday afternoon Fine Arts League (which, by the way, never really met on Wednesdays!) and even shared the presidency at one time. They also tried to become members of the Society Matron's League but turned that chance down when Lucy decided the ladies were being rude about "show people" while they were being looked over. Oh well, the Ricardos and the Mertzes all got to chow down on some great home-made bread and butter after they left!
Apartment: Ricky and Lucy originally lived in apartment 4A (and Mrs Trumble lived above them because she was banging on the ceiling wanting the baby to stop crying) so the Mertzes building must have had 5 floors. Wow! No wonder Fred was always so worried about heating that place! Then after the baby was born they moved across the hall from the Mertzes to apartment 3D.
Posted by Kathie at 9:42 PM
Monday, September 8, 2008
"I LOVE LUCY" only ran for six short seasons, from 1951 thru 1957. That's relatively short for today when shoes like Seinfeld, Cops, Americas Most Wanted and The Simpsons can go on for decades!
Our favorite show was created by Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carrol jr and Madelyn Pugh who were also the show's writers that brought our favorite strories about the Ricardos and the Mertzes to life for us.
LUCY RICARDO born LUCILLE ESMERALDA McGILLICUDDY
Lucille was born in upstate NY and married a Cuban band-leader who was just starting to make a name for himself in show biz.
RICKY RICARDO born RICARDO FERNANDO ALBERTO RICARDO Y DE ACHA III
Ricky worked had at his show business career and was a good provider. He loved his quirky wife and wanted to make her happy.
FRED & ETHEL MERTZ born FREDERICK HOBART MERTZ
Posted by Kathie at 11:22 PM
I am so excited to be starting this new blog! I have been a fan of Lucy and this show since I was about 4 years old. By then it was already in re-runs for about ten years but it was still the mid-sixties and we only got those re-runs once a week! We weren't lucky enough to have TV-LAND or nick-at-nite!
Nearly everyday there is something that happens in my life that I can relate to an episode of "I Love Lucy". Most people would call me crazy, I call that a skill! Call it what you will but I have managed to pass on a love of this show to future generations. All of my children (4 of them ranging in age from 14 to 25) are fans and wonder of wonders, one of my sons married a girl who rivals even me in Lucy trivia. Now with two grandchildren, I've got a whole new generation to convert. This blog will help me do that. It will give me a place to get all the information down in a fun way to share with other Lucy fans.
We can talk about trips to Jamestown and the Lucy/Desi Museum, our Lucy collections, our favorite episodes and whatever else you want. I would love to have input from all of you. I would love to hear from you about your own personal trips and experiences. Its the nostalgic feeling this show brings to us all that makes it so wonderful. Let's share!
Posted by Kathie at 2:39 AM