Day 238 - Lucille Ball Museum
Lucille Ball was the first lady of comedy and was successful in keeping more than two-thirds of all American homes with a television set tuned to her I love Lucy at its peak in 1952-53. Her dizzy redhead with the elastic face and saucer eyes became the model for scores of comic television females to follow. Most people still fondly remember Lucy episodes like the one where she is taping the Vitameatavegami commercial and gets steadily drunk downing spoonfuls of the alcohol-laced potion she is trying to hawk. Lucille Ball (1911-1989) was born in Jamestown (where there is a Museum about her at 212 Pine Street) and always joked about how she was fired in 1926 from the Swedish Walgrens drugstore and soda fountain for forgetting to put in the banana in the banana split.
Another much sadder Jamestown memory was that of her brother Fred’s birthday party with all the neighbourhood kids when he accidentally shot eight-year old Warren Erickson with a gun he had just received as a gift.