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Trial Balloon: August 6, 2009 Archive


Posted at 4:50 AM on August 6, 2009 by Dale Connelly (29 Comments)

Today's birthday person isn't a musician, but Lucille Ball made the music of laughter happen in countless homes through her TV shows. She was an incredibly talented comedian and no slouch on the business side of things, either.

Some teacher at an acting school is said to have told her early in her career that she had "no future at all as a performer". It's hard to imagine any teacher saying that to their student, but it WAS an acting school. Believe it or not, in the mad scramble for fame some contenders have been known to disparage others. On occasion. The story may not even be true, but the ending is right because Lucy got the last laugh.
I think I've seen this clip a hundred times but it will always be funny, because it is timeless. I heard a report on Morning Edition today about businesses cutting employees and not replacing them even though there are signs of an economic recovery, forcing those who remain to "pick up the slack".
Speed up the conveyor belt!

Anybody here ever work in a factory?

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