Lucille Ball's 102nd birthday: 5 reasons we still love Lucy

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Happy birthday Lucille Ball! Though the beloved comedienne and actress passed away at age 77 in 1989, she would have turned 102 if she lived today.

Even though she is no longer with us, Ball is still a big part of America's pop culture. Here are some ways we still "love Lucy" today:

1. There are still "I Love Lucy" comedy festivals. In fact, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy met this past weekend in Jamestown.

2. You can still see Ball's influence on television today. Let's face it: sitcoms in the modern age greatly benefited from Ball's brand of comedy.

3. "I Love Lucy" is just as funny in today's world. Don't believe us? Just watch some of the many, many airings of the show on the Hallmark channel.

4. Ball is still a relevant part of the pop culture conversation. The Library of Congress even put together an exhibition in honor of "I Love Lucy's" 60th anniversary.

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Happy birthday, Lucy!

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