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S05 E10 – We Love Lucy (and Desi)


The Bro Show Podcast

S05 E10 – We Love Lucy (and Desi)

Jon, Jeri and Blondie


We learn everything we wanted to know about the beloved I Love Lucy series in this episode. Jon tells us about how a new pitching prospect was signed, then he gives us three great mascot stories. In the Dog Story, we have Brad Pitt sticking his tongue in dog food… seriously.

Nathan Patterson, whose dreams were shattered after he injured his elbow in a high school baseball game, was signed by the Oakland A’s after a video of him making a 96 mph throw at a Speed Pitch Booth went viral. The Phillies are suing the firm they hired to help create their wildly popular Phillie Phanatic mascot. The firm is now reneging on the agreement, claiming the mascot is a “free agent.”

“Supernova” is the mascot for the Red Stars, the Women’s Soccer Team in Chicago. Jon has developed a real interest in women’s soccer since the US Women’s World Cup victory. The Boys talk about The Mascot Company, who describe themselves as creators of mascot costumes. A discussion ensues about whether they are costumes or uniforms, and Jon’s innovative idea of mascot consulting re-emerges.

To commemorate Lucille Ball’s 108th birthday on August 5th, the theatrical re-release of five I Love Lucy episodes, in color, was launched. It’s called “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration.” It will be shown in 600 cineplexes across the country.

Dabroze cover Lucille Ball’s career from the early 30’s into the 40’s. She moved slowly up the ladder as mostly a bit player, until she got a starring role in “Too Many Girls” in 1940. There she met Desi Arnaz, in a bit role, and fell madly and hopelessly in love with him. Two months after the film’s release, they got married.

Desi Arnaz was born into great wealth in Santiago Cuba, but when Batista overthrew the Cuban president in 1933, Desi’s father (the Santiago mayor) was thrown in jail and all of his assets were confiscated. The family fled to Miami where Desi became a successful band leader before moving into films.

Lucy and Desi formed Desilu Productions when they started their popular sitcom. Desi decided to keep the kinescope film images. He also worked with his cameraman to develop the multi-camera setup, using adjacent sets in front of a live audience. This enabled, you guessed it… RERUNS… which became a huge source of revenue in the coming years.

Lucy was sent to live with her step-grandparents after her father died. They were so strict they removed the mirrors so she couldn’t look at herself. Only Jeri would think it may have been because they had vampires in the family.