Lucy, I’m Home!


Google does a great job with its Doodles, and today’s changeup is no exception honoring actress Lucille Ball. I’m no coding whiz kid, but I would imagine that incorporating multiple video clips into the that television set was not a quick job, and yet it works so well for what they were trying to convey. The addition of the Google logo spelt out like the classic show’s wordmark serves as a great first interaction point.

As a kid summer meant staying up late at home with my Mom watching re-runs of old school sitcoms on TV Land. Her favorite was “The Munsters.” I liked “Bewitched”–which is not a band and doesn’t feature Will Ferrell. We both loved Lucy.

Today marks what would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. She was a pioneer for American female comedy stars as well as in producing later in her career. Originally hired as an MGM Golden Girl as a blond bombshell until her legendary show “I Love Lucy” debuted in 1951 and aired until 1957. The feisty redhead charmed her way to America’s hearts as a number one show for four seasons. While head of Desilu Productions shows such as “Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible” and “The Andy Griffith Show” gained in popularity.

She was the first woman inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. She died of heart complications on April 18, 1989 at the age of 77. President George Bush, Sr., awarded her with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during that summer.

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