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WOW! Did he pick a GREAT DAY to be born!

 

 

Coby Ruskin b. 10/15/11 d. 03/03/87

 

October 15

 

Jane Darwell, Lucille Ball co-star, Roman Scandals, 1933; William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) co-star, It Happened in Flatbush, 1942; and The Lemon Drop Kid, 1951; guest, Desilu Productions', Willy, “Willy and Hansel and Gretel”, 1955; Sheriff of Cochise, “The Shadow”, 1956; Cavalcade of America, “Woman's Work”, 1956; as well as New Comedy Showcase, “You're Only Young Twice”, 1960; is born this date in 1879.

 

Fritz Feld, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, Go Chase Yourself, and The Affairs of Annabel, 1938; co-star, Desi Arnaz, Four Jacks and a Jill, 1942; guest, Desilu Productions', December Bride “The Shoplifter”, 1955; cast member, (“I Love Lucy”) “Paris at Last” 1956; as well as Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie “Jim Bowie and His Slave”, 1956, and The Red Skelton Show “Hollywood Plumber”, and “Clem Goes Hollywood”, 1956, is born this date in 1900.

 

Coby Ruskin, director, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 2 episodes, 1962, 1963; The Bill Dana Show, 11 episodes, 1963-64; as well as actor/director, (“Here's Lucy”) 25 episodes, 1971-74, and guest, as the drunk, “Lucy and the Franchise Fiasco” 1973; is born this date in 1911.

 

Robert Rockwell, Desilu Productions', Cavalcade of America “Mightier Than the Sword”, 1953, Yancy Derringer, “Memo to a Firing Squad”, 1958; Our Miss Brooks, as Philip Boynton, 103 episodes, 1952-1956; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, “The Comeback”, 1959; Lucille's guest, The Lucy Show, “Lucy Digs Up a Date”, 1962; and (“Here's Lucy”) “The Not-So-Popular Mechanics”, 1973, is born this date in 1920.

 

LA Examiner, Louella O. Parsons: “Lucille Ball won't keep her dark locks; she walked in the Studio with her blonde locks darkened and was ordered home until it is blonde again,” published this date in 1936.

 

Linda Lavin, actress, director, of Alice fame, 202 episodes, 1976-1985; Co-Host, Part VI, CBS: On The Air, 50th anniversary, Lucille, Co-Host, Part II, 1978; nominee, with Lucie Arnaz, The 31st Annual Emmy Awards, 1979, and Night of 100 Stars, 1982; with Lucille and Lucie, Night of 100 Stars, II, 1985; appears in tribute to Lucille, Night of 100 Stars III, 1990; with Lucie, CBS at 75, 2003; as well as with Lucille, both archivally, TV's 50 Funniest Phrases, 2009, is born this date in 1937.

 

Lucille Ball receives her first telegram from Desi Arnaz, from Chicago: #1 of thousands, after visiting him when Too Many Girls played there, and she ultimately returned to Hollywood to make a movie, dated this date in 1940.

 

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Look for Desi Arnaz (Lucille Ball) to organize a new rumba band. He was a sensation in Miami and in NY,” published this date in 1941.

 

Film Daily, Seven Days' Leave, RKO, Lucille Ball performs competently in this film with Victor Mature, who shows considerable improvement as an actor,” published this date in 1942.

 

Film Daily, The Navy Comes Through, RKO, A thunderbolt of excitement, Desi Arnaz, supporting player, turns in impressive work,” published this date in 1942.

 

Penny Marshall, of Laverne and Shirley, and Happy Days' fame; appears with Lucille Ball and Lucie Arnaz, Circus of the Stars #2, 1977; with Lucille, General Electric's All-Star Anniversary, 1978; with Lucie, Night of 100 Stars, 1982; with Lucille, archivally, The Carol Burnet Show: A Reunion, 1993; with Lucille and Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), archivally, 50 Years of Funny Females, 1995; as herself, The Desilu Story, and with Lucille, archivally, 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, 2003; with Lucille and Vivian, archivally, TV's Greatest Sidekicks, 2004; as well as with Lucille, archivally, TV's 50 Funniest Catch Phrases, 2009, is born this date in 1943.

 

Interlocutory decree of divorce is granted from Desi Arnaz to Lucille Ball, and with Decree pending, Lucille and Desi reconcile, thereby voiding the Stipulation of Divorce, this date in 1944.

 

Desi Arnaz stars, as Carlos Estrada, a busboy in a Cuba Hotel who wants to become a composer, in Columbia Picture Corporation, Holiday in Havana, a musical comedy for which Desi wrote Holiday in Havana and The Arnaz Jam, co-starring Leon Belasco, among many others, film released this date in 1949.

 

[Research Note: This note appears with several dates of importance in prelude to Lucille and Desi's performances/appearances/acquaintances/plans/ideas, moving them toward the now-world-famous pairing of (“I Love Lucy”) which made history and will perpetuate.] The (“I Love Lucy”) writers: Madelyn Pugh Martin Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr., and creator/writer, Jess Oppenheimer, accepting the challenge, wrote 49 scripts in the first 11 months of employment by Desilu. They luckily were able to capitalize on their knowledge of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz' real-life characteristics, having known the couple since 1948, when Lucille began doing the radio series for CBS, My Favorite Husband, and consequently, were able to parlay real-life Lucille and Desi into the family situation comedy Lucy and Ricky, developing scripts based on actual experiences and knowledge of the couple; knowing for instance of Lucille's superstitions knocking on wood “The Seance”; her fondness of imitating Tallulah Bankhead, “Lucy Fakes Illness”; her love of musicians, “The Saxophone”, “The Glow Worm”; marriage and location in 1940; so were the Ricardos; many references to Lucille's (Lucy's) hometown; hometown friends; hometown schools; repeat of vows; Desi's band members, same as Ricky's; name of Clubs performed; his fractured English (as Ricky's); the pregnancy, of course, both for Lucille and Lucy, etc., this date in 1950.

 

Johnny Roventini: Unique and Euphonious! The 'living mascot', the diminutive bellboy who, for nearly two decades, belted out the advertising slogan, “C-a-l-l-l for-r-r Phil-ip Mor-ray-ssss, his voice and face often the first thing one heard/saw on Monday evening at the opening of (“I Love Lucy”). Johnny owed his fame to Milton Biow Biow Agency, landing the Philip Morris account in 1933 and searched for a 'bellboy', who could 'page', and found him at the Hotel New Yorker. “I went around the lobby yelling my head off; but, no one answered the page. Making his radio debut shortly thereafter, Johnny, a walking public relations campaign, reminding people of the product wherever he appeared. Philip Morris Cigarettes (Alfred Lyons, President), sponsored (“I Love Lucy”) through Christmas of 1954, commencing this date in 1951.

 

[Research Note: This note appears with several dates of importance in prelude to Lucille and Desi's performances, and famous pairing of (“I Love Lucy”) which made history and will perpetuate.] Hollywood Reporter, Dan Jenkins: “After previewing 'the pilot' - 'Lucy's eyes are the brightest, clearest, and bluest in existence,' and 'a situation comedy at its very best, serving the double purpose of giving the TV film industry a tremendous shot in the arm,'” this date in 1951.

 

Desi Arnaz, as Ricardo, the Orchestra Leader, and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, perform at CBS-TV General Service Studios, “The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub” (“I Love Lucy”) which was a first for television, [photographed on 35-mm film by three Mitchell BNC cameras, mounted on 'crabdollies', adapted by Steve Kranlonovitz from standard TV camera operations - since all three cameras shot the action simultaneously, the camera in the center (#1) makes all the long shots with a 40-mm wide-angle lens - the camera(s) at either side (#2 and #3) record the action in close-ups, using three- and four-inch lens], revolving around Lucy and Ethel wanting to go to a nightclub and the boys want to go to the fights, airing this date in 1951.

 

William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) appears in 175 episodes, (“I Love Lucy”) between 1951 and 1957, commencing this date in 1951.

 

Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz) appears in 176 episodes, (“I Love Lucy”) , between 1951 and 1957, commencing this date in 1951.

 

Jay Jackson and John Stephenson shared “announcer” duties for (“I Love Lucy”) Jay - Episodes #1-29; and John - Episode #13, beginning this date in 1951.

 

Hal King, Max Factor employee - Make-up artist, since inception of (“I Love Lucy”) and for Lucille Ball throughout her personal life, for fifty years; both in television shows and film; as well as Desilu Productions' Angel 1960; Facts of Life 1960; Mr. & Mrs. 1964; Yours, Mine & Ours 1968; and Mame 1974, joined the Lucy 'family’, before this date in 1951.

 

[Research Note:] (“I Love Lucy”): Desi Arnaz was Executive Producer of 126 episodes, 1952-1956; producer of 23 episodes, 1956-57, and co-producer of one episode, 1956, since the inception of the history-making program, from this date in 1951.

 

Lucille Ball: “We just took ordinary situations and exaggerated them, in an attempt to explain the phenomenal popularity of ('I Love Lucy')” - the premiere episode, which was 'one of four in the can'; but, chosen for its final hilarious scene in the Ricardo's apartment, registering a 38.7 rating and a 56% share of the television audience, this date in 1951.

 

(“I Love Lucy”) - the situation comedy setting the standard for all that followed responsible for so many innovations becoming standard in what follows: the three-camera technique; use of a live audience; filming of each episode; and the birth of the rerun, as well as four main characters, one middle age, one young, best friends and neighbors, interacting with each other in perfection, the concept repeated so many times over the next 50 years, it's impossible to list and/or to pay the debt owed them, which began this date in 1951.

 

Daily Variety: “This initial teevee effort of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz should have carried the foreword: 'not to be taken seriously.' As story-line comedies go, it is the better part of appreciation not to ask yourself too many questions and just go along with what transpires on your screen,” this date in 1951.

 

Weekly Variety: “CBS and Philip Morris fell heir Monday night to one of the slickest TV entertainment shows to date, a full-blown exposition of Miss Ball's talent; Lucy's emergence as refreshing and significant cannot help but strengthen the belief video programming must detour and take TV out of its present rut; establishes film's secure place in video handsome and professional auspices as applies to Lucy Grade A qualities of major studio production, achieving depth and visual values pertaining to theater presentation - encompassing desired intimacy of TV slick blend of Hollywood and TV showmanship credit goes to Karl Freund and Marc Daniels,” this date in 1951.

 

Cinemeditor, Dann Cahn, the first film editor of (“I Love Lucy”) recalls that Lucille Ball and Karl Freund were from the movies; Desi was an actor and a band leader; Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll, Jr., and Madelyn Pugh Martin Davis came from radio; Al Simon was a writer, who was involved in TV-film production, and Marc Daniels was from the NY stage and live television a motley crew; but somehow, it all came together in 1951.

 

NY Times, Val Adams: “Lucy has promise . . . refreshing half hour can be understood and appreciated by any married man and woman outlandish farcical stress . . .”, published this date in 1951.

 

Hollywood Reporter, Dan Jenkins: “Keep your eyes peeled for this one. It's a honey,” published in 1951.

 

Desilu Productions', Cavalcade of America, “All's Well With Lydia”, co-starring Reginald Denny and Ruth Warrick, among others, airs on this date in 1952.

 

Desi Arnaz and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucy”), Episode #73, which is filmed this date in 1953.

 

CBS' The Lucy Show 30-minutes, black & white this is not a misprint, nor Miss Ball's classic 1960's sitcom. The re-runs of (“I Love Lucy”), on Sundays had done so well for CBS, it decides to add this extra night of (“I Love Lucy”) re-runs on Saturdays in the very early evening. New graphics are made to reflect the change of title and sponsor this date in 1955.

 

(“I Love Lucy”) “Lucy Meets Orson Welles”, an episode wherein Lucy gets in the act, guest co-starring Orson Welles, as himself, and revolving around a benefit at the Club; Lucy to be sent to Florida to keep her nose out of things, to no avail, of course; with veteran Lucy supporting cast members, Ellen Corby, as Miss Hannah, and Bennett Green, Desi Arnaz' stand-in - complicated filming occurs due to Oppenheimer and Freund being no longer on board; also co-starring Fred Aldrich, Ray Kellogg, Lou Krugman, and Hazel Pierce, Lucille's stand-in, airing this date in 1956.

 

Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack, as Special Agent Eliot Ness, and Walter Winchell, as Narrator (118 episodes each); Eliot Ness, writer, 94 episodes; Ida Lupino, director, 3 episodes; co-starring, as well: Neville Brand, as Al Capone (5 episodes); Bruce Gordon (27 episodes), Steve London (64 episodes), as Jack Rossman; Jerry Paris (16 episodes), Nehemiah Persoff, Richard Reeves, Joe Ruskin and Harold J. Stone (6 episodes), Michael Constantine, Joe DeSantis and Gavin MacLeod (5 episodes); among many other 'repeat' stars, revolving around Ness, and his elite team of incorruptible agents, battling organized crime in 1930s Chicago, and ultimate winner of two Primetime Emmys 1960; Executive Producers, Quinn Martin, 28 episodes, and Jerry Thorpe, 44 episodes; Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Bert Granet, Producer, unknown episodes; Production Supervisors, Argyle Nelson, 60 episodes, 1959-61, and James Paisley, 41 episodes, 1961-63; with Wilbur Hatch, music supervisor, 16 episodes; Nelson Riddle, composer, 118 episodes; Kerwin Coughlin, Casting; Ralph Berger, Art Direction; Cam McCulloch, Sound; Bill Heath, Editorial Supervisor; as well as Sandy Grace, series set decoration, 60 episodes, 1959-61; Nelson Riddle, composer, theme music; Charles West, property master, 3 episodes, 1959-60, is released on this date in 1959.

 

Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, based on the 1947 novel by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, the first dramatic series created at Desilu Productions,“The Empty Chair”, starring Robert Stack, as Special Agent Eliot Ness, and Walter Winchell, as Narrator; co-starring, Barbara Nichols, Neville Brand, as Al Capone; Bruce Gordon, Jerry Paris, Nehemiah Persoff, Frank Wilcox, and Harry Wilson; among others; premiere show, airing on this date in 1959.

 

New York World-Telegram and Sun, Vernon Scott Interview: “William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) bemoans the fact there are no women on his latest venture, My Three sons, on which he performs for five years,” published this date in 1960.

 

The Lucy Show, “Lucy Is a Referee” - Lucy becomes a referee of the YMCA football team, guest co-starring Desi Arnaz IV, airing this date in 1962.

 

Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth “Garve”, starring Jack Palance, as Johnny Slate, co-starring, Peggy McCay, Hugh O'Brian, and Harold J. Stone, among others, airs this date in 1963.

 

Cole Porter, b. 6/9; composer and friend of Lucille Ball, soundtrack for films, 1943, 1945, appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz Toast of the Town 1958; appears via archival footage (“I Love Lucy”) 50th Anniversary Special 2001, dies this date in 1964.

 

Desi Arnaz Productions', Desi executive producer, The Mothers-in-Law, “The Career Girls”, starring Desi Arnaz, IV, and co-star, Rob Reiner, as Joe Turner, with regular cast members, airs this date in 1967.

 

(“Here's Lucy”) “Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance” - wherein a woman mistaken for Lucy is stalking stars, and approaching Eddie Albert, as himself, to perform in a charity show, he is naturally cautious, with veteran Lucy supporting cast member, Vanda Barra, airing this date in 1973.

 

Lucille Ball, on an 'historic' day of her own life, videotapes her segment (New England's lively evening corn-shucking parties) of CBS Bicentennial Minutes - 732 one-minute programs shown nightly for two consecutive years, nightly, this date in 1974.

 

Lucille Ball appears on Dinah! during which Dinah Shore and Lucille perform a duet 'Bosom Buddies' from Lucille's film, Mame, airing this date in 1974.

 

Bart Andrews’ book Lucy & Ricky, Fred & Ethel: The Story of (“I Love Lucy”), published, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first television show of (“I Love Lucy”), this date in 1976.

 

Pat O'Brien, b. 11/11; Desi Arnaz' co-star, The Navy Comes Through, 1942; guest, Desilu Productions', Harrigan & Son, as Jim Harrigan, 8 episodes, 1960-1961, dies on this day in 1983.

 

(“I Love Lucy”), the only TV show to be honored by the Television Academy Hall of Fame, also awarded Desi Arnaz, posthumously, the show's 'brainchild', along side the love of his life, Lucille Ball, one of the initial inductees in 1986, on this date in 1992.

 

Gregg Oppenheimer, (“I Love Lucy”) creator/writer, Jess Oppenheimer's son, announces the publication of Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy, on this date in 1996.

 

Home Shopping Network, on the occasion of (“I Love Lucy”) Fiftieth Anniversary, carries a special hour-long tribute to Lucille Ball merchandise, Suzanne LaRusch, impersonator at various events lovingly, if sometimes a bit over the top, is 'Lucy Ricardo' at such events, debuts a porcelain Lucy Doll (typical polka-dot navy dress, in limited edition of 1951) which sells out almost immediately at $99.50, this date in 2001.

 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jill Vejnoska: “Lucy Lives On,” published this date in 2001.

 

Ralph Levy, b. 12/18; director, (“I Love Lucy”) “Unaired Pilot”, 1951; Producer, Stars in Their Eye, 1952; Desilu Productions' Shower of Stars producer, 1954, 1955, and 1957; Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Jack Benny Program, Director, 56 episodes, 1951-62; as well as Producer, 12 episodes, 1951-62, and Executive Producer, 23 episodes, 1953-61; Director, (“I Love Lucy”) “The Very First Show”, 1990; dies this date in 2001.

 

Newsday, Diane Werts: “The Show That Changed TV Forever,” published this date in 2001.

 

Classic Collectcritters released the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Bobblehead Doll Set *6 inches tall, with oversized, springy, bouncy heads, patterned after Lucille and Desi animated figures opening and closing original (“I Love Lucy”) show, each set individually numbered, with limited production, encased in a decorative box for storage, protection and display, in 2002.

 

The 54th Anniversary of the first episode of (“I Love Lucy”) finds the permanent home of the 50th Anniversary Tour, which traveled the country in 2001-2002 to celebrate the most popular television show ever, exhibited at convention centers, state fairs, music festivals, casinos, and more, featuring exact reproductions of the original sets. Following the Tour, the exhibit was stored in Houston, Texas. In June of 2005, 5-53-foot tractor-trailers moved the Tour to Jamestown, where it was installed in The Desilu Playhouse of the Rapaport Center. Named after the Studio at 845 Lillian Way in Hollywood where (“I Love Lucy”) was actually filmed, and the generosity of Bill and Mary Rapaport of Buffalo, NY made the purchase of the Center and the housing of the infamous 'sets' happen - making it possible for you to think you are a part of the studio action!” is dedicated this date in 2005.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY = Playhouse Premiere Lucie Arnaz On Hand As Center Opens by Loren Kent: “The Jamestown High School A Cappella Choir sang out the (“I Love Lucy”) Theme, as Lucie Arnaz welcomed celebrities, citizens and public officials to the 'ribbon-cutting' grand opening of the Rapaport Center, home to the Desilu Playhouse downtown . . . home of the 'sets' from America's most-famous television comedy program which starred Lucie's parents, Jamestown/Celoron native daughter, Lucille Ball and her band-leader husband, Desi Arnaz . . . celebrate the lives of her parents and enrich the world through the healing power of laughter. People there to honor the opening: Cameron Hurst (doing the 'Vitameatavegeman' speech), Mayor Samuel Teresi, and Mark W. Thomas now-former County Executive,” published this date in 2005.

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY: Queen Of Comedy's Daughter Presents Donations To Celoron, Local Red Cross by Loren Kent: “Her father and grandfather came to America from Cuba during the turbulent era of revolution that brought millions of Cubans to Miami in the 1940's and 1950's and every decade since. . . . they came to Miami with nothing and built much of what we have come to know today. . .”, published this date in 2005.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY - A new city landmark Rapaport Center adds to Jamestown's Lucille Ball legacy by Robert W. Plyler: “ . . . remember clearly when we got our first television set and the first program we ever watched on it - (“I Love Lucy”) . . . sets on which that series was filmed are every bit as familiar as our childhood homes . . . there are now three active buildings in downtown Jamestown which are dedicated to the memory of our community's most-famous daughter, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, with whom she filmed the classic TV series; the Pine Street Museum; the Gift Center, east corner Third and Main; and now the Desilu Playhouse, west corner, Third and Main,”. . . published this date in 2005.

 

Turner Classic Movies review - Five Came Back, 1939 - “Lavish budgets and all-star casts became the norm. This particular genre was the province of the B-movie. One of the best examples and possibly even the prototype for all future airplane disaster flicks was the RKO production, Five Came Back, released June 23, 1939. Produced on a shoestring and distributed to theatres as a standard programmer, it turned out to be a surprise hit that quickly amassed an enthusiastic word-of-mouth campaign among moviegoers. No one expected Five Came Back to be anything more than a cliche and formulaic B-picture; but, Director, John Farrow, turned it into something much more engaging and entertaining. There is not a wasted scene in the film's brisk seventy-five minute running time. Peggy (Lucille Ball) a woman of questionable virtue, is running away from a sordid situation, etc. A virtue of the film is the sharp dialogue. The film crackles with a street-smart banter and sense of humor that harkens back to the Warner Bros. urban melodramas of the thirties, and becomes Lucille's 'stepping-stone' to greater things. She emerges triumphant after being miscast and undervalued for years by both RKO and MGM. Ball and her director clashed numerous times during filming; but, Lucy managed to cope. Ball had the last laugh, since she was the one cast member most often singled out in reviews of Five Came Back. The picture was well-received also with the New York Times proclaiming it "a rousing salute to melodrama, suspenseful as a slow-burning fuse, exciting as a pinwheel, spectacularly explosive as an aerial bomb," reviewed on this date in 2008.

 

Edie Adams, b. 4/16; guest, The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, with husband, Ernie Kovacs, “Lucy Meets the Moustache”, as themselves, 1960, and Lucille's guest, The Lucy Show “Mooney's Other Wife”, 1968, dies this date in 2008.

 

The Lucy Lounge Website - 'Lucille Ball fan' - “Fifty-eight years ago, 9:00 p.m., CBS; the best show in the history of television had it's first broadcast. That show was called ('I Love Lucy'); and fifty-eight years later, the show is still going strong. Thanks Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred for fifty-eight years of magic. Here's to fifty-eight more years with ('I Love Lucy'),” posted this date in 2009.

 

The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - “Happy Birthday ('I Love Lucy')” - “On this date fifty-eight years ago, ('I Love Lucy') premiered! The show was actually the second episode of ('I Love Lucy') 'The Girls Want to go to a Nightclub'. The 'pilot episode' was not actually aired until 1991. The first episode wasn't aired until November 5 although, this was the first episode filmed, it was the fourth to air, because the producers decided ' . . . Nightclub' was a better episode to premiere,” posted this date in 2009.

 

The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - “Life Photos on the set of ('I Love Lucy')” - “See behind the scenes photos from ('I Love Lucy'). LIFE on the Set Photo Gallery, from LIFE: . . .,” posted this date in 2009.

 

EmmyTVLegends.com - Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack, as Special Agent Eliot Ness, and Walter Winchell, as Narrator (118 episodes each); Eliot Ness, writer, 96 episodes; co-starring: Neville Brand, as Al Capone (5 episodes);among many other 'repeat' stars, revolving around Ness, and his elite team of incorruptible agents, battling organized crime in 1930's Chicago; ultimate winner of two Primetime Emmys, 1960; Quinn Martin and Jerry Thorpe, Executive Producer, 28 episodes, and 32 episodes, consecutively; Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Bert Granet, Producer, unknown episodes; Wilbur Hatch, music supervisor, 16 episodes; Nelson Riddle, composer, 118 episodes; celebrates its 50th Anniversary, posted this date in 2010.

 

FoxNews.com - The Enduring Appeal of 'I Love Lucy' Proves Television Is No 'Wasteland' - by James P. Pinkerton - "The sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of one of the most beloved television shows in American history: ('I Love Lucy'),” which first aired October 15, 1951, gives us occasion to think about the social impact of TV over those same six decades. The stubborn reality is that for all the criticism hurled at TV, as the 'boob tube,' as a destructive force undermining culture, even rotting our brains. the reality is that TV is enduring and popular precisely because it is so friendly. In August, on the centennial of her birth, Fox' Cal Thomas wrote a fond piece, recalling her 'everywoman' appeal. 'People Identified with Lucy', Cal reminded us. In other words, when ordinary folks are given a choice, they prefer to receive news and entertainment the way that humans have always received it - from another person. TV, of course, brings the immediacy of the situation into living rooms across the world. And that's the way it is, for comedy, for drama, for sports, and for news. It was that way in the mid-20th century, and it will be that way in the 21st century, and beyond." posted this date in 2011.

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Howard Caine b. 1/2/28 d. 12/28/93

 

Howard Caine, of Hogan’s Heroes’ fame; cast member, Desilu Productions’, The Californians, 8 episodes, as Schaab, 1957-1958; The Untouchables “Ring of Terror”, and “The Seventh Vote”, 1961; Fair Exchange “To Each His Own”, “No More Transatlantic Calls”, and “’Twas the Fortnight Before Christmas”, 1962; appears with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) My Three Sons “Chip Leaves Home”, 1962; Desilu Productions’, Glynis “A Little Knowledge Is Fatal”, 1963; and The Greatest Show on Earth “The Wrecker”, 1963; The Lucy Show “Lucy Goes to Art Class”, and “Lucy Goes Into Politics”, 1964; as well as Desilu Studio'-filmed, Slattery's People “A Sitting Duck Named Slattery”, 1965, is born this date in 1928.

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Cam McCullough, Desilu Sound Engineer, from I Love Lucy all the way through to Life With Lucy (where kinda deaf but he was there!) :D

 

Joey:

 

If I may; here's what I, additionally, have for Cam:

 

Cameron McCulloch, Sound Recording; (“I Love Lucy”), 104 episodes, 1953-57, sound recordist; Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room for Daddy, audio engineer,”Family Troubles”, 1954, Sound Engineer, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 10 episodes, 1956; Sound recordist, Desilu Productions', December Bride “The Rory Calhoun Show”, “The Prize Fighter”, 1956, and “The Budget Show”, 1957; Sound Recordist, Recorder, and Sound Engineer, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 7 episodes, 1958-1960; Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, Sound Engineer, 28 episodes, 1959-62; Sound Engineer, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse “The Time Element”, 1958, and “The Man in the Funny Suit”, 1960; Desilu Productions', Sound Mixer, The Scarface Mob, 1959; Sound Engineer, Angel, 5 episodes, 1960-61; Sound Engineer, Desilu Productions', I Spy, “Danny Was a Million Laughs”, “Affair in T'Sien Cha”, “Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao”, and “A Cup of Kindness”, 1965; Sound Engineer, The Lucy Show, 13 episodes, 1962-68; Sound Mixer, Desilu Productions', Star Trek “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, 1966, and “A Taste of Armageddon”, 1967; Sound Engineer, Desi Arnaz Productions', The Mothers-In-Law “A Night to Forget”, “The Newlyweds Move In”, and “My Son, the Actor”, 1967; with Desi Arnaz, The Mothers-In-Law “A Night to Forget”, Sound Engineer, 1967; Sound Engineer, (“Here's Lucy”) “Lucy Visits Jack Benny”, 1968, “Lucy Cuts Vincent's Price”, “Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography”, 1970, and “Lucy Fights the System”, 1974; is born this date in 1909.

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Double C's- similar to double D's, but different - tee hee:

 

Chick Chandler b. 1/18/05 d. 9/30/88

 

Fehmer (Chick) Chandler, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, United Artists’, Blood Money, 1933; William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) co-star, The Bride Came C.O.D., 1941; supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucy”) “Ethel’s Hometown”, 1955, guest, Desilu Productions’, Cavalcade of America “The Secret Life of Joe Sweedie”, 1956, December Bride “The Piano Show”, 1957, The Ann Sothern Show “Go-Go Gordon”, 1960, Glynis “Three Men In A Tub”, 1963, as well as present with Lucille, for a memorial tribute to himself, at The 61st Annual Academy Awards, 1989, is born this date in 1905.

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Joey:

 

If I may; here's what I, additionally, have for Cam:

 

Cameron McCulloch, Sound Recording; (“I Love Lucy”), 104 episodes, 1953-57, sound recordist; Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room for Daddy, audio engineer,”Family Troubles”, 1954, Sound Engineer, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 10 episodes, 1956; Sound recordist, Desilu Productions', December Bride “The Rory Calhoun Show”, “The Prize Fighter”, 1956, and “The Budget Show”, 1957; Sound Recordist, Recorder, and Sound Engineer, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 7 episodes, 1958-1960; Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, Sound Engineer, 28 episodes, 1959-62; Sound Engineer, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse “The Time Element”, 1958, and “The Man in the Funny Suit”, 1960; Desilu Productions', Sound Mixer, The Scarface Mob, 1959; Sound Engineer, Angel, 5 episodes, 1960-61; Sound Engineer, Desilu Productions', I Spy, “Danny Was a Million Laughs”, “Affair in T'Sien Cha”, “Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao”, and “A Cup of Kindness”, 1965; Sound Engineer, The Lucy Show, 13 episodes, 1962-68; Sound Mixer, Desilu Productions', Star Trek “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, 1966, and “A Taste of Armageddon”, 1967; Sound Engineer, Desi Arnaz Productions', The Mothers-In-Law “A Night to Forget”, “The Newlyweds Move In”, and “My Son, the Actor”, 1967; with Desi Arnaz, The Mothers-In-Law “A Night to Forget”, Sound Engineer, 1967; Sound Engineer, (“Here's Lucy”) “Lucy Visits Jack Benny”, 1968, “Lucy Cuts Vincent's Price”, “Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography”, 1970, and “Lucy Fights the System”, 1974; is born this date in 1909.

Hmm, going by the credits, I thought he worked all La Ball's series -- including LWL (at least the first one) yet you don't list them here, any particular reason? :D

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