Because of the craziness of this past week, a visiting nephew and a visiting father, I somehow got my dates messed up. I had planned on celebrating this centennial of Lucille Ball’s birthday today, Sunday, August 6, only looking up at my calendar yesterday afternoon to realize that it was indeed, Saturday, August 6 so Sunday would be the 100th anniversary of Lucy’s birth plus one day.
In honor of that great lady, I tracked down a few videos honoring her. Here, the Gipper offers a tribute to the woman who made millions laugh.
Note how at about 0:46 into the video when Mike Wallace asks Ronald Reagan what made Lucy so special, the great man replied, “I don’t know that I can answer that. You just accepted it and reveled in it, but you didn’t try to get down and analyze what she could do. But, it just was peculiarly hers and her way. I don’t know of anyone you could compare her to.”
What a great way to appreciate a great artist. You don’t analyze how they do it; you just delight in how well they do it, that they make us laugh or cry — or just plain feel more alive and better connected to the universe and those around us.