Thanksgiving Traditions

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

In honor of our late colleague, Doug Mataconis, here’s the iconic scene from the 1978 WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving episode that he shared many times over the years:

As a bonus, here’s President Bartlett calling the Butterball hotline on The West Wing:

And, my personal favorite Thanksgiving song by Mr. Arlo Guthrie:

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  1. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Thanks for remembering Doug. May the memories continue to be a blessing. Good clips one and all.

    Thinking back, our tradition changed dramatically 12 years ago, when I was beginning the chemotherapy pole dance. We really started doing something smaller, at home, limited to the people who really matter to us.

    The one part that hasn’t changed is that the second that the Thanksgiving cleanup is done, SWMBO’s a whirling dervish, getting all the Christmas decorations out, the tree up, and the casa looking like a Christmas decor shop exploded.

  2. Andy says:

    I do miss Doug.

    Happy Thanksgiving all!

  3. Skookum says:

    Thank you for remembering Doug. And Happy Thanksgiving to All!

  4. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    My goodness, a 12.5# turkey is SOOOOO much easier to do!