"I Love Lucy" debuted on CBS television on this day in 1951. It was October 15, 1951 when we started our love affair with Lucy and Ricky. And Fred and Ethel. "I Love Lucy" was the first American television show to reach 10 million households and right now, at this very moment, "I Love Lucy" can be seen in 44 countries.
I really do love Lucy. Like with all of my heart. I am an old soul and I don't try to hide it. I love all things classic and that includes the comedic genius of Lucille Ball. There will never be another like Lucy. She was such a fascinating, funny, smart, and talented woman. And such a trailblazer! She was the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio...DesiLu Productions. And until its reincorporation into Paramount Television in 1967, it not only produced "I Love Lucy", but also brought us "Star Trek", "Mission: Impossible" and "The Untouchables". THAT is impressive!
Another fun fact about Lucy...she was the first pregnant actress to play a pregnant woman on TV! When Lucy was expecting her second child, son Desi Arnaz, Jr., writers wrote the pregnancy into the show instead of hiding it. Of course, they used the word "expecting" rather than "pregnant" to keep everyone happy. Oh how times have changed!
I have been to the Lucy Museum several times and am more enthralled every single time I go. I will see something I missed or learn something I didn't know. If you haven't made it to Jamestown to visit the museum dedicated the national treasure that is Lucille Ball, you need to go! You won't be sorry!