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Homage to 'I Love Lucy' heading to the Hippodrome

Homage to 'I Love Lucy' heading to the Hippodrome

Sixty-three years ago this week — at 9 p.m. Oct. 15, 1951 — TV viewers got their first look at a situation comedy on CBS that, in short order, would become part of the country's cultural DNA.

The focal point of the show was the redheaded title character, Lucy Ricardo (even in black and white, you could somehow tell the color of her hair); her Cuban-born husband, Ricky, leader of a dance band at a New York club; and their best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz, landlords of the brownstone apartment building on the Upper East Side where they all laughed, loved, fought and schemed.

By now, several generations have been exposed to the 179 original episodes of "I Love Lucy"...