Happy Birthday Desi Arnaz!
[see brief video below]
Ah, Ricky Ricardo. What has Loocy done now to set your tith on etch??
Really, though, this man was a true pioneer of television and a great visionary. Lucille was a good businesswoman in her own right; but if you asked Desi (and they did ask) about their success in the business, he ALWAYS attributed it to Lucy.
I think both their kids would acknowledge that Dad was rather underrated in most of what he did. Of course, CBS didn't believe the American public could accept Lucy being married to a Cuban bandleader to begin with. I recall her reply... "I WAS married to a Cuban bandleader!" She would explain that the execs said that they wanted an "American" couple.
Everyone knows, at least those of a certain age, that Lucy & Desi eventually negotiated with CBS and it was by the couple assuming some of the risks of the production costs -- by way of retaining the film rights to I Love Lucy -- that the show was born. CBS wanted it produced live on the east coast, with a west coast feed, and leaving only those old fuzzy kinescopes for posterity. Ultimately, Desilu was formed, and the shows were shot on film, with Desi's brand new 3-camera system (still in use today).
"Loocy....you got some 'splainin' to do!!"