Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dear Fellow Lucyfans,

Lucy at the Post Office:

Just a reminder that Lucy (and the I Love Lucy gang!) are "appearing" once again at your local post office. For the third time in 10 years, Lucille Ball is featured on a United States Postage Stamp -- this time as part of a celebration of 1950s Television.

Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory are pictured on the special I Love Lucy stamp.

Also saluted in the celebration are such programs as Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater, Howdy Doody, Dragnet, Ozzie and Harriet, etc.

The Ricardos and Mertzes (driving to California) are also included in the masthead of the full-page set of stamps. Each stamp, of course, is valued at 44-cents, so the set is priced at $8.80.

Lucie and Robert Klein Join Fundraiser

Our East-Coast reporter Skip Koenig sent us a couple of notices that Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein will appear at a special fundraiser on Sunday, September 13th. Called They're Playing Our Songs, the event will be held at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with proceeds to benefit both the theatre and performer Fran Liebergall, who is living with multiple sclerosis. Ms. Liebergall was in the original cast of Lucie and Klein's Broadway production of They're Playing Our Song thirty years ago.

The benefit is part of the theatre's Harbortfest Weekend. For more information, visit the theatre web site at:


Special Summer Clearance Sale: Dann Cahn Memoirs

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- has completed the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times."

Dann sold copies at the recent "Lucy-Desi Days" festival in Jamestown, New York, and the "Lucy Birthday" celebration earlier this month, but also wants to make them available to readers of this web site.

In fact, for a limited time only, all four of his stories are available for $60 (which includes postage). Essentially, that's a "Buy 3, Get 1 Free" offer!

As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.

The latest installment is called "The Best of Times," and chronicles Dann's experiences at Desilu (1951-1959), when the company went from being a "one show operation" to the busiest studio in Hollywood.

The earlier stories include: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.

Again, for a limited time, the spiral-bound booklets are priced at $17 each ($15, plus $2 postage and handling), or ALL FOUR FOR $60 (including shipping). You can order them from Dann directly.

Send check or money order to:

Dann Cahn
I Loved Lucy & Desi, Too
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049

If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription.

Lucie to Sing in San Francisco

Skip Koenig, though located in the New York "tri-state area," recently sent me a West-Coast update: Lucie Arnaz has been booked to sing at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco the week of December 8-13. The nightclub is located in the Hotel Nikko, at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For more information visit

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