Lucie - Desi Update

Keeping Up with
the Arnazes

The following article is reprinted from the Jamestown Post-Journal of December 16, 2001.

To The patient people of Jamestown, New York
From Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz,Jr.

Dear Friends:

We have been urged by community leaders, local advisory boards and foundation executives, employees of the Arts Council of Chautauqua County, Museum volunteers, accountants, attorneys and concerned citizens of our mother's hometown to "let the community know our position" regarding the controversy recently created by the Arts Council of Chautauqua County, and surrounding their management of the Lucy-Desi Museum.

After due consideration, we have come to the hard conclusion that it is not in the best interests of our parents for us to continue to support a Lucy-Desi Museum run by the Arts Council of Chautauqua County. However, we love and respect the people of Jamestown, and would like nothing more than to continue to have a museum in Jamestown which celebrates our mother and father, if possible.

Therefore, as our current ten year contract with the Arts Council for the use of the names and likenesses of our parents expires on March 12, 2002, it is our intention to create a separate not-for-profit entity, a new Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, that will need to be sustained by contributions, foundation grants, membership subscriptions, fund raisers and other community based support. We intend to seek the support of the community. We will certainly do all that we can to make an entirely separate Lucy-Desi Museum a proud success for the City of Jamestown. We will not, however, give any further support, under any circumstances, to a similar museum which remains under the auspices of The Arts Council of Chautauqua County.

Very sincerely yours,

Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr.

For more on the Jamestown situation, see Henna Hooper: Controvery in Jamestown.

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