Congratulations to ''I Love Lucy'' for being named the No. 1 Television Show of All Time and the No. 1 Comedy Show of All Time.
In the past six decades, television has debuted many outstanding shows, yet, based on the results of the ABC poll announced by Barbara Walters on Tuesday night, I Love Lucy is still the favorite in the hearts of viewers everywhere.
When Lucie Arnaz was asked why people are still tuning in 60 years later, she said, "It's the best medicine ever. My mom made a tonic that never had to be renewed. The date on it never expires. You can always drink it and feel better."
She's right. The timeless, hilarious episodes are as relevant to viewers today as they were when they first aired six decades ago.
This past summer, I had the privilege of working closely with the Lucy-Desi Center. The experience created a new found respect and admiration for our famous hometown girl. Like many locals, I often took for granted this gem named Lucy. Yet, with one walk through the museum and studio, I learned just what a pioneer and visionary she was for all of television and for women everywhere - and what an amazing talent she is.
The legions of fans who travel to Jamestown from around the world, do so just to feel closer to the star they've fallen in love with. I met many of them this summer and they all had one thing in common.
Loads of them.
They were thrilled to relive their favorite episodes of grape stomping and chocolate wrapping through the Lucy World Games and several said coming to Lucy's hometown was on their bucket list. The ABC Television special aired highlights of Lucy Fest and the worldwide exposure will surely help draw even more fans to Jamestown throughout the coming year.
Anything with the power to make people laugh for over 60 years is a medicine the whole world could use more. How tremendous to know this powerful, timeless tonic, one that continues to make the whole world smile, began in Jamestown, New York.
Congratulations Lucille Ball.
Your hometown is proud of you.
Cindy Aronson lives in Bemus Point.