Desi Arnaz: How He Changed the Culture of TV With a Single Business Deal
Google honored the late entertainer Desi Arnaz on Saturday with a Google Doodle, marking what would have been his 102nd birthday. The I Love Lucy co-star (along with Lucille Ball) moved to the United States as a teenage immigrant in 1933 from Cuba, with no money to his name. He quickly found work as a musician, then became a Broadway and movie star, before becoming a TV icon with the legendary sitcom. But a business deal he made with CBS changed the future of TV, helping establish why many people today associate Friends with Netflix instead of NBC.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925