I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball

I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball

by Michael Z. Stern

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“Knowing how much Mom liked Michael Stern, I knew his book would be honest—and it is. I Had a Ball is full of stories no one but Michael would know. His friendship with Mom is evident on every page. A good read. Thank you, Michael (Desi Arnaz Jr.).

“Michael’s memories are my memories, only clearer. What a talent for details! It was very moving for me to relive so much of our lives through Michael’s eyes. Very entertaining. Charming. And, more importantly, true. As Mom wrote on one of her photos to him, ‘Happy Thoughts’ (Lucie Arnaz).

“I am a big fan of Michael Stern. Yes, I know, he’s the fan of all fans, and as a writer, he’s opened his special door and shared real time with Lucille Ball. But Michael is beyond fan-hood. He is a doer, a volunteer, and I know that from his over-forty-year relationship helping Actors and Others for Animals. Lucy and little Lucie started the ball (no pun intended) rolling at the very first fundraiser and stayed the course. And Michael continues to respect Lucy’s passion. His love for Lucy is legendary. And his value for all players is evident in his actions. Thank you, Michael, for making us all feel so good (Jackie Joseph).

“I have known Michael since he was a teenager. He was such a fan of Lucy and always appeared at filming of her shows or other events Lucy attended. One time, Lucy’s mom, DeDe, took him backstage to meet Lucy in person. Lucy told him if he wanted to be her number one fan, he would have to stay in school and get a job. Lucy loved her fans, and they were important to her. Lucy did indeed call Michael her number one fan. He has been my very good friend, and he still is a very nice young man. His book has brought back many happy memories. He knew the Lucy we all loved (Wanda Clark secretary of Lucille Ball).

In 1971, ten-year-old Michael Stern thought he had died and gone to heaven as he watched a filming of Here’s Lucy. He was enthralled with a redhead gifted with beauty, stage presence, and the ability to make others laugh. Over the next few years, he would attend several more filmings, meet Lucy, and eventually become (in Lucy’s own words) her number one fan.

In his memoir, Michael Stern offers a refreshing glimpse into the life of a natural comedienne and actress as he provides a fascinating narrative on what it was like to become first a fan and then a friend with one of the biggest television personalities of all time. Known to fans simply as Lucy, she entertained millions of people across the world with shows like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy. But to Michael, who was eventually allowed access into her private world, she was a fascinating woman with whom he would share many unforgettable adventures.

I Had a Ball is a unique tribute to Lucy’s legacy, her spirit, her talent, and her enthusiasm for life—sure to entertain Lucy fans, television aficionados, and comedy lovers around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532011412
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/09/2016
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

I Had a Ball 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a true Lucy fan andThis book is a great insight to Lucy's life! I felt like I was there! Wish I could have met her! She was truly a comedic genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While i loved reading this book and would highly recommend it (especially if you are as big of a lucy fan as this author and myself)- it is very similar to a book i read about 8 years ago by lee tannen; called i loved lucy. I finished this book in 2 days and thought it was great, as i love reading behind the scenes lucy anything...but i couldn't help but wonder that these 2 authors both had a very close relationship lucy in the later years of her life. Both attending shows with her, going to her house and having close relationships with her family members- but yet they never talk about one another. They are both talking about the same years- so it has me curious. All in all- i did enjoy this book and would tell any "true" lucy fan to read it!
StarrGazer More than 1 year ago
This book is essentially a labor of love re-telling of a young man's infatuation and lucky chances at getting in to see tapings of the "Lucy Show" back in the 60's/70's. It really does not give a whole lot of insights on Lucille Ball herself, except to show that she (and people like Gary Morton, DeDe Ball, Desi Arnaz, Sr and Lucie Arnaz, among many others) was a truly gracious lady who gave a starstruck young man the chance to be her friend. Another actress might have been put off by his obvious obsession with her, but Ms. Ball slowly allowed him further and further into her universe. While the book is rather amateurishly written, it is not an unpleasant read (and very quick read, too). It does, however, contain many pictures of Ms. Ball and her family and friends/associates which a fan will find enjoyable to own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was all about Michael. Hardly anything about Lucille Ball. He followed her around and served her, but the book did somehow make me see how these stars will take advantage of their admirers. I guess it makes the fan feel important somehow. So the book was rather educational in that respect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this book is great if you wanted to know Lucy from a fan's standpoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read about a lady we all miss. Interesting insight.
JulT More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! What Stories! All Amazing! I loved reading every page! What a Lucky Man Michael Stern is to have had such a friendship with Lucy! I loved all the stories, couldn't get enough! I tore through this book in less than a day! Thank you Michael Stern for sharing your wonderful stories with us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avoid. Does nothing for the legacy of Lucille Ball except offer banal, sycophantic anecdotes.
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Every one should love lucy I like the chocolate factory the best It is on halmark channel from 5 to 8 am or 830 am on New Hampshire,s metv (channels 298 or 308) it was on cbs untill 10 years ago I think so enjoy I love Lucy or the Lucy show you can buy it at your local target or walmart from Thomas Weigler
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