TRY

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
– Thomas A. Edison

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TRY

written & edited by Kendall F. Person

On October 15, 1951 a landmark television show made its debut. When real life husband and wife Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball walked onto the set of I Love Lucy, the blueprint for triumph or disaster had already been laid. The shows creators were visionaries in their craft. Confident in the premise and its stars, they did not simply wish, however, to have a hit show, they longed to break new ground. In the current high-tech world, the innovations may seem archaic, but more than six decades ago, they were inventive, and more importantly, untested.Try I love Lucy

I Love Lucy was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35mm film in front of a live studio audience. Leading the way in the use of 3 cameras, the technique did not just blow away the competition and their one-dimensional view, it would become the standard bearer for its style of sitcom productions. Had the innovations not been introduced, there is a good chance the I Love Lucy show would have still been a hit, since both Desi and Lucille were already stars. But the details, the nuances, the out-of-nowhere innovations would defy all expectations, except, the visionaries, who imagined it.

I Love Lucy remains a giant in the television arts & sciences. Included in Time Magazine‘s All-Time Best 100 TV Shows, winner of 5 Emmy Awards, including The Peabody for “distinguished achievement”, and 63 years after its debut, I Love Lucy still commands a whopping 40 million viewers a year in the American television market alone.

Trying  requires a preliminary acceptance of falling, without knowing if you will get back up. If we accept the premise, than we might as well try to achieve it.(big smile)

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“It can be found, but it will take all of the demographics searching in unison.” – thepublicblogger

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32 comments

  1. One of the amazing things about “I Love Lucy” is its timelessness. I remember thinking when my kid started watching it — kids of all generations connect to it without ever realizing that it might be “out of date” by some standards.

  2. Excellent post and a very good point. These are important words of support. Gaining a vision sometimes means going to the edge…the process of discernment is ongoing and often
    exhausting.

    I think this is why community and family is so important.

    We do nothing on our own…We need each other for everything, that includes our individuality.

  3. I remember watching a documentary several years ago about what Lucy and Desi did, and how inspired I was by their vision — which has now become standard operaring procedure for all film/video production. They understood their craft well enough to know their responses and nuances could only be captured “in the moment” and spontaneously — just like laughter itself. Wonderful post about an incredible comedic duo we all owe a debt of gratitude to.

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