I love this photo!
I found it on Pinterest. My version was uploaded by someone known as SinSombra. I was led on a merry chase trying to find the original owner/creator – this image is all over the internet. In fact, one site even claimed that Prince Harry used it as his Facebook photo at one time (I did not find this). Whether it came from NeonBubble’s Posterous, Words Over Pixels, Josh Fleming’s Happy Place or any of the other places you will find it, my point is, that it is not my photo.
However, it is a photo that could have been mine. She could have been my Aunt, my Sister, several of my cousins, a few of my nephews and even me. We all know what it is like to get sunburned without really trying. In fact, our best tans are really just when our freckles all join as one to give us colour. I don’t quite understand the stigma behind being a ginger… a red head … a carrot top. OK, maybe that last one thanks to this guy. Some of the most beautiful women in the world were/are gingers. Some of the most brilliant people in the world are redheads. Some of the most influential people in my life have been carrot tops. Of course all my family members are included on this list, but most of the rest you will recognize and admire yourself. Maureen O’Hara, Nicole Kidman, Robert Redford, Bernadette Peters, Prince Harry, Reba McIntyre, Winston Churchill, Debra Messing, Julianne Moore, Carol Burnette, Ron Howard, Conan O’Brien and the list goes on, and on, and on. All of these copper tops did OK for themselves, wouldn’t you say?
Currently the ginger I admire the most is Erika Napoletano. You can find her everywhere. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and of course on her blog Redhead
Writing Ranting. Erika is smart, sassy, strong, feisty and funny. She says what she thinks whether you like it or not, and often shares her vulnerabilities with us as well. I have learned more from her over the past couple of years than I have from anyone else. Erika is a published author and her latest book The Power of UnPopular is a must read.
Probably the most influential redhead in my life has to be Lucille Ball. No, I never met her. But we all know how funny and talented she was. This woman was brilliant and the contributions she made to the television industry are beyond measure. In fact, I did my thesis on her.
Every piece of equipment or technique used in television production today had to be developed at some point because of a stumbling block. The “I Love Lucy” show was created so early in television history that it was responsible for solving some of the mysteries encountered by television production.
You may find this hard to believe but “I Love Lucy” originally only aired from Oct. of 1951 to May of 1957, however it has remained wildly popular for over five decades. This is because both Lucy and her husband Desi Arnaz believed that although it may have cost a little more, they didn’t cut any corners and made something that would last. They were the first producers to put their shows on film. In those early days of television, shows were recorded on poor quality gadgets called kinescopes. The result was a poor quality recording that was virtually unwatchable. Film was more expensive on many levels, but had they not used it we would not be watching it today. The use of film led them to develop the three camera film method, the method still used today. A special flat lighting was developed to make the lighting even from all points of view. To handle editing massive amounts of film being shot by three cameras for every scene, a special multi-headed moviola machine was developed. This enabled them too view the footage from all three cameras at the same time.
The original episode never actually aired. At the time it was called an “audition” piece and the series was developed after it was sold. Today, we sell the show then develop a series “Pilot” as the first episode.
One of Lucille Ball’s first battles was with CBS, which was refusing to let Desi Arnaz play her husband. They didn’t think anyone would believe a beautiful redheaded American girl would marry a Cuban, baba loo, conga drum-playing kind of guy. She quickly pointed out that she had, and stuck to her guns. Then her real life pregnancy became an issue because no one even said the word “pregnant” on TV in the 50s. Censorship laws were very strict. They had to refer to Lucy as “expecting” and a priest, a rabbi and a minister had to okay every script. Can you imagine?! It sounds like a setup for a joke.
Canned laughter, merchandising, the rerun and the teleprompter also came about as a direct result of the “I Love Lucy” Show and its team. So you see, I Love Lucy pioneered television filming and it made that very film process the industry standard.
Lucille Ball had overcome a lot of personal struggles and was already a successful movie star by the time she risked everything to take a chance on TV.
Personally, I’m glad she did.
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” Lucille Ball