There’s a wonderful article on The Natural Child Project website called “Is ‘I Love Lucy’ Educational?”
We watch a lot of “I Love Lucy” around here. I’ve been watching it all my life, and over the past few months I’ve been composing a list in my head of the things I learned, as a child, from the fictional characters and plots on “I Love Lucy.” Here it is:
- You need a passport to travel overseas.
- People who live in New York ride the subway.
- Landlords have to worry about heating their apartments in the winter.
- Performers sign contracts and are obliged to follow through on them.
- Professional entertainers keep different hours than “regular” people do.
- Some women dye their hair.
- Being a performer involves lots of rehearsing.
- There used to be a form of entertainment called vaudeville.
- Some women in the 1950s valued fur coats as status symbols.
- A side of beef is an awful lot of meat.
- Trains have emergency brakes.
- Paris in the 1950s was a center of fashion design.
- Helicopters can’t land on the decks of cruise ships.
- Women in the 1950s got dressed up to go on the subway.
- Women in the 1950s wore adorable little hats.
More to follow, and please feel free to add your own.