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Friday, March 11, 2011

60 Years of I Love Lucy this weekend!

Can you believe that this weekend is the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy? Wow it doesn't seem possible. Makes me think we are pushing close to 75 or even 80 years for the early Marx Brothers movies.

This weekend is a great opportunity to share some history with your grand children while watching I Love Lucy. Just the basic things like the fact that at the beginning Lucy does not have a television, how excited she is to get a new washing machine, the idea that women back then did not wear pants and that she was one of the first females on television to do that and how Desi Arnaz was one of the first Cubans to be on television and speak spanish but most of all how in real life, the two of them worked hard and built an empire and produced shows later that younger people watch.

If you watch with your grandchildren it is a great way to start discussion about your own life. What you were doing the day Lucy was on her way to the hospital to give birth and how people back then did not talk about those things on television. If you are a baseball fan or boxing fan Ricky and Fred often talk about going to Yankee Stadium or watching boxing matches, this a great way to introduce the conversations about Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio.

In this world of texting, emailing and blogging, watching an old black and white like I Love Lucy is a great way to communicate with your grandchildren. Even if they start the conversation by laughing at it because is seems so foreign to them. It is a great way to introduce them to some history, your history and theirs.

And if they don't want to watch it with you, enjoy it yourself. I hear it is on all weekend. The 60th Anniversary of I Love Lucy, on hallmark.

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