Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Much Better !

August 10, 2016

 

 

 

Last year I wrote a post about a questionable statue of Lucille Ball erected in her hometown of Celoron, NY. The statue, nicknamed “Scary Lucy,” was the subject of much ridicule. You can read my original post (here). The sculptor offered to fix the statue to provide a better, more acceptable, likeness of the comedian but the offer was denied. Another artist, Carolyn Palmer, was selected to create a new statue.

 

 

 

Original statue dubbed Scary Lucy

 

I can’t say this one is a better work of art but it’s definitely a better likeness. As for “Scary Lucy,” the decision to remove it from view caused an uproar since it had become an Internet sensation. Visitors now flock by the thousands to snap pictures of Scary Lucy, a work deemed the ugliest statue in America. People have even brushed snow from it to take selfies. Scary Lucy will remain in the park where it was originally located, but in a more remote location.

 

 

 

 

New statue of Lucille Ball

 

 

What do YOU think of the new statue? Does it better honor Lucille Ball?

 

 

 

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Comments

18 Comments
I have been following this story as well. That first statue was SCARY. I am surprised that is was just relocated but then it seems that it is a draw for the curious. The new statue is so much better. As an artist, what do you think of the new one?
By: Cheryl P. on August 10, 2016
That first statue was horrible and, if I was her daughter, I would be insulted because that artist must have disliked the actress. This new statue is..um...better but it is by no means what I would consider a great piece of art. She looks much bette but looks...stupid which is not Ball. I do not consider this a great work of art by any means. I have a favour.....I would love to see your rendition of Lucille Ball of you feel the want to do a drawing or painting. Sculpting , I would think, would be too costly and then Where would you store it. I wish they could do this great actress and head of a studio true justice.
By: Birgit on August 10, 2016
The second one is better than the first, but part of that is because the bar was set so low. (It would have been difficult to make an uglier statue.) But the facial features on the new one look "off" to me, especially the eyes.
By: Susan Swiderski on August 10, 2016
The new statue is much better. Lucy was a beautiful woman and the first statue failed to capture that.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 10, 2016
It's better, but still not good!!
By: fishducky on August 10, 2016
At least I know who the second one represents. What's up with the TEETH and eyes on that first one?
By: Val on August 10, 2016
I'd like to know what her children thought about the situation. I don't care for the first statue, but if it got people to come to visit . . . . Hell, I don't know. I think the second one is pretty creepy, too. What's with the big lips that seem an odd color? Did Lucy get botox injections? Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 10, 2016
This is a better likeness but they didn't catch any of the sparkle and personality . Now what would you paint if you did Lucille Ball?
By: red Kline on August 10, 2016
It is definitely an improvement. Of course people would want to get their picture taken with the ugly one. People are weird that way.
By: PT Dilloway on August 10, 2016
The second one is at least close enough to what she looked like that you can tell who it's supposed to be. It's not really a great piece, though.
By: messymimi on August 10, 2016
Much better! Will get a picture of it the next time I'm there.
By: Pixel Peeper on August 10, 2016
I like the new one, the first was sophomoric at best and did not resemble Lucy at all...looked like a very ugly man in a dress.
By: cranky on August 10, 2016
I can see why the hometown had an issue with the statue of Scary Lucy. Perhaps I'm a little twisted but I can see why the first one is getting traction.
By: Rick Watson on August 10, 2016
I heard about that yesterday? Monday? anyway, this is the first I've seen the new statue. some better but not by a whole lot.
By: Ellen Abbott on August 11, 2016
The first one I couldn't even tell it was Lucy and not some crazed serial killer. The second one is more realistic but still is missing something. The smile looks really forced.
By: Arkansas Patti on August 11, 2016
I think the second one is much better, but is it just me, or does the expression look like her Vitavitavegemin "sauced" expression? But at least it LOOKS like her, not that... other one... Cat
By: Cat on August 12, 2016
The first is a joke and the second does not do Lucille Ball any honor. I would love to see you do a portrait of Lucy!
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 12, 2016
the first one is hideous...the second ummmm not much better!
By: Kathe W. on August 12, 2016

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