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Just added the following to the chronology:

 

This morning's The Post-Journal:

 

The Post-Journal, Information Center - In Years Past – 75 Years Ago: “One of Jamestown's most glamorous daughters, Miss Lucille Ball, of the motion picture screen, was spending the weekend with her grandmother, Mrs. C. J. Peterson, 20 W. 12th St., in the City. She began her theatrical career in Jamestown several years ago in one of the Old Players' Club productions, directed by William M. Bemus, and had attained national stardom during the past few years. Miss Ball, who was under long-term contract to RKO-Radio, had been in the east for three months on leave of absence, and appeared in a stage production, Hey, Diddle, Diddle, authored by Bartlett Cormack. Her most recent cinema appearances were in support of Lily Pons, in That Girl From Paris, and a featured role in Don't Tell The Wife,” is published this date in 2012.

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Lucy loved Grandma Peterson as an adult and visited her or stayed with her every time she went back to Jamestown. Lucy wanted her to move to California, but couldn't persuade her.

 

Really? Wow, okay. I know I had relatives who were mean to me as a child and I still didn't want anything to do with them as an adult. Good for her though.

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When Lucy makes that coffee, throws in the egg and says, "my grandmother was Swedish", I always thought she was referring to Grandma Peterson. Also Lucy attributed her strong work ethic to this grandmother.

I never DID quite get that one: was the meaning of the joke that the Swedish actually make their coffee....with an egg in it??? I've always wondered! lucyhorror.JPG

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I never DID quite get that one: was the meaning of the joke that the Swedish actually make their coffee....with an egg in it??? I've always wondered! lucyhorror.JPG

 

My understanding is that it was Swedish tradition -- but became more of a Swedish-American thing -- to remove some of the coffee's bitterness and also, before the advent of the paper coffee filter, keep the coffee grounds together for a clearer brew.

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Visiting Grandma Peterson, huh? I thought she was scared of her as a kid or didn't like her much. Hmm.

 

Step-Granny probably was not quite as intimidating as Lucille, an adult, would 'remember' as a child. I believe Lucille had learned 'some dicipline' while growing up; some of the 'stuff' might be exaggerated; but, I remember the man across the street, in 'his' remembrance of Lucille, was that she wasn't allowed to read the funny papers at home; so, she came over to his house to read them; that might give you an idea - the old Jamestown 'Swedes' - they were tough!!!!

 

CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND IT; BUT, IN MY EDITING PROCESS, I REMEMBERED SEEING 'RECENTLY' THE STORY ABOUT THE ACROSS-THE-STREET NEIGHBOR; HERE IT IS:

 

The Post-Journal Jamestown, NY – “Happy Birthday, Roy – Retired Police Officer Celebrates 90th Birthday” – by Anastasia Conklin: “Roy Peterson grew up across the street from Lucille Ball’s grandparents, with whom she lived for a time, and since her strict grandparents would not allow her to read the Sunday comics, she would visit Roy’s home to read them. Roy, one of the police escorts, was head of security for Lucille and Desi in 1956, when they came to Jamestown, for the World Premiere of their movie, Forever Darling, and celebrated his birthday in the Tropicana Room, Desilu Playhouse, with many friends and family present,” published this date in 2007.

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Here's another one to 'chew on' - I've added this to today's date for the chronology:

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Typically, The Post-Journal publishes Memorable Dates for the prior year, 2011, by publishing a special edition of full front pages; and, Lucille Ball not only appears full front-page from August 6, 2011; and, along with 13 other, important, full-front-pages, she appears in the collage of all front pages for the year past, - Happy 100th! - Tourists, Locals Line Third Street for Lucy Parade, by Dennis Phillips; as well as story: We Still Love Lucy, 60 Years After Show First Aired - with front-page quote-of-the-day, this day, by Lucille: “The more things you do, the more you can do.” - Lucille Ball (1911-1989),” published this leap year day in 2012.

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