I read the following Craigslist posting this morning.
ARE YOU A TICKING TIME BOMB?
DOES YOUR SPOUSE HAVE RAGE ISSUES?
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED BECAUSE YOUR TEMPER CAUSED YOU TO LASH OUT?
DO YOU REGULARLY BREAK THINGS, SWEAR AT STRANGERS OR GET IN TROUBLE BECAUSE YOUR EMOTIONS TAKE OVER?
YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR A NEW NATIONAL TV SHOW!
As I’m reading the first few lines, my internal voice takes on a Lucy Ricardo “Vitameatavegamin” tone.
And I say that. And my friend says “vita-what?” Vitameatavegamin! “I know but I don’t know what you’re saying.”
And my heart starts pounding- You don’t know Vitameatavegamin? You aren’t one of the millions of “happy peppy people” who have enjoyed this classic, iconic I Love Lucy skit?
And I start spilling I Love Lucy factoids. About the limited band-leading performance time Desi Arnaz’s contract allowed in Season One. The age difference between Vivian Vance and William Frawley… My other friend says “Who’s Fred and Ethel?”
And I want to tell more. About the groundbreaking show I Love Lucy was. How CBS censored the word pregnant, thus the episode “Lucy is Enciente.” How it was the first pregnancy shown on tv. How Lucille Ball and Lucy Ricardo had their babies on the same night, January 19, 1953. How the births of those babies Monday night made bigger headlines that week than Eisenhower’s Tuesday inauguration. The relationship between Vance and Frawley. The relationship between Arnaz and Ball. Ricky and Lucy Ricardo (originally scripted as Lucy and Larry Lopez).
It always amazes me when I find that something I believe to be historical, important and groundbreaking is completely unknown by someone standing right next to me. Someone who in fact is twenty years older than me.
I wonder what crazy, historical, important and groundbreaking thing they know about of which I’ve never heard. I wonder what I’m missing out on knowing today. It’s pretty neat to think about.