Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Love Lucy episodes often mirror real life

The Club Election (Episode #47)

Lucy often used inserted events and people from hers and Desi's life into Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's life on I Love Lucy. This particular episode was full of names of real life people who were near and dear to Lucy's heart.

Originally aired on February 16, 1953

You will remember that the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League is having its annual club election and Lucy and Ethel both wind up running for club president. Unfortunately, the vote is split pretty evenly between the club members which means the newest member Ruth Knickerbocker (with the cut glass punchbowl and matching cups) will have the deciding vote.

Guest Cast In This Episode: Doris Singleton (Lillian Appleby whose name is later changed to Carolyn Appleby); Ida Moore (Mrs. Knickerbocker); Margie Liszt (Marion Strong); Hazel Pierce (Grace Munson); Lurene Tuttle (outgoing club president); Peggy Rea (Pauline Lopus)

Interestingly, this was the first episode to feature Doris Singleton as Lucy and Ethel's friend... In this story, she is called Lillian Appleby. In real life, Lillian Appleby was one of Lucy's Jamestown, NY teachers. Marion Strong, Grace Munson, and Pauline Lopus were all good personal friends of Lucy.

Here's a funny clip of Lucy talking about Marion Strong's hat and her "cackling" laugh! This one is from "Lucy Tells The Truth"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fell Like Shopping?

Feel like shopping? I love collecting Lucy memorobilia and there's no better place to get it than the Lucy-Desi online gift shop run by the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown New York. They sell the same great stuff on-line that you can get if you visit but you get to pre-order new and up-coming items that are just in the planning stages. I'm gonna show you a few here. I have a hunch they're gonna be really popular and if they come out in time for Christmas, look out. Pre-order what you like now so you are sure to get them in time. Here's the link. Go to to check all the goodies out for yourself!

I Love Lucy Disposable Camera

Have your picture taken with Lucy anytime and anywhere! This clever camera contains 12 different "I Love Lucy" scenes that will surround you in smiles!

Price: $14.95

"Peppy People" Travel Mug

You will definitely be a "peppy person" when taking this sturdy ceramic Lucy travel mug full of coffee! Stands 6.5" high.

Price: $12.95

I Love Lucy Fabric (there are a lot of different fabrics, so check out the link!)

These fantastic fabrics will allow any Lucy-Desi fan's imagination to run wild! Create pants to curtains, aprons to quilts using these long awaited fabrics.

(You'll even find a quilting kit which includes all necessary fabric and instructions!)


Price: $9.95 per yard

Well, there's a few ideas to 'whet your whistle'. I've already pre-ordered the camera. I can't wait for it to come in! If you order anything, let us all know!

Lucy's Wardrobe

I know we've mentioned it before, especially when talking about our Paper Doll give-a-way. Most Lucy lovers agree, we loved Lucy's I Love Lucy wardrobe from her cocktail dress right down her house dresses and even her weird "I'm gonna get Ricky back for that!" outfits! We owe the majority of those lovely creations to Eloise Jenssen who was Lucy's dress designer, on and off the set, for many years.

Eloise died on Valentines day in 2004. This is an excerpt of the 2004 "Still In Love With Lucy newsletter that was written by Thomas Watson for the Lucy - Desi Museum contributors and members. Thomas had run a previous article about Eloise. These are the readers comments. I thought you might enjoy reading them. I did.

"Many thanks for the nice e-notes regarding fashion/costume designer Elois Jenssen, who passed away February 14. One fan wrote: "I always loved the outfits that Miss Jenssen did for Lucy... Even her everyday clothes were suddenly smart and spiffy. Many of the outfits Lucy wore in the real early episodes were a little on the dowdy side..."

Another said: "Elois did not just dress Lucy... She seemed to participate in the creative process, because in some instances, her outfits WERE the joke. I am thinking particularly of the Charm School get-ups that Lucy and Ethel wore. Whatta riot!"

Author Allan Glaser agrees... "There are many times that Elois' contributions 'made the moment.' I am thinking particularly of the breakaway outfits Lucy and Ethel wore for the 'Friendship' number, the Marilyn Monroe outfit, and the heavy showgirl headdress Lucy tried to wear in Hollywood. The outfits made the comedy moments believable."

If you want to have some fun and go through some old newsletters, you can get to them through this link. Go to to find some interesting information. If you like what you read and find anything you'd like to share, leave a comment on this post for everyone else to read.

I'll have more information on Eloise in a later post.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Congratulations to Lynn! She's the winner of the beautiful I Love Lucy paper dolls give-a-way! Thanks to everyone else who entered. We still have our other contest going on right now for the second season of I Love Lucy on DVD so be sure to enter!