not to love about news that Lucy's house will be restored? One of
Western New York's greatest gifts to comedy - not counting local
government, of course - was Jamestown native Lucille Ball, and her
childhood home in Celeron should be a joyful reminder for years to
East Amherst residents William and Mary Rapaport deserve
applause for their $100,000 purchase of the four-bedroom house, because
their intent is to restore it to its 1920s Lucy-era appearance and,
when they are not using it as their Chautauqua Lake vacation home, make
it available to the Lucy-Desi Museum.
The Rapaports are
lifetime members of the local museum, which celebrates the star of "I
Love Lucy" and other comedy vehicles. Mrs. Rapaport also is a board
member of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, which manages the museum.
That qualifies them as the ideal new owners of the house for as long as
it remains in private hands.
Transfers of private property in
which the community has an emotional or historic interest can be chancy
things. This one, though, looks like a labor of love. We're all smiles.