Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Who Loves Lucy?

All this talk of Obama and his mixed-race heritage, and listening to all the novelty songs - specifically Weird Al Yankovic's "Ricky" made me wonder - were Lucy and Desi Arnez the first inter-racial couple on TV?

If so, and a quick google search turned up nuthin', then its a pretty impressive milestone, even before the Civil Rights Act! The show ran from 1951-1960, and, according to the Wiki:
"I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the ratings (to be matched only by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld)"
This seems big... even though I find the show unwatchable, it had a big effect on the country. A blow for redheads' rights (and/or Cubans; maybe this shows that Cubans weren't really considered Latinos?)

Pic from the Wiki. Backpost finished on 2009-11-26.

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