The Pre-Thanksgiving Week That Was

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Roy Clark died this past Thursday of complications from pneumonia at the age of 85. He was a tremendous guitar player and also a very funny man. Rest in peace, Roy.

The Week That Was

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States. A Canadian friend of mine once asked me, “Why do you have Thanksgiving in November, when the harvest has been over for over a month?” That was Abraham Lincoln’s doing: in 1863 he proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving, “explicitly in celebration of the bounties that had continued to fall on the Union and for the military successes in the war,” as Wikipedia tells us. Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed it to the fourth Thursday in November in 1939 because of the confusion that ensues when there are five Thursdays in November, and the Congress got on board in 1941.

Anyway, before I get too deep into this, here’s the summary for the week.

I’ll announce the winner of the latest battle on Wednesday due to the holiday, so be sure and get your vote in before then, if you haven’t already. You can click on the badge above to go there, and it opens in a separate window so you won’t lose your place here.

I chose the Laura Nyro/5th Dimension classic “Stoned Soul Picnic” for the prompt “Soul.”

A freebie day, so I picked some songs from the ’60’s that I liked and hadn’t heard in a while.

Grover Washington Jr. was the featured artist.

Chose something from Lamebook that now has everyone thinking about washing their hands and not being able to do it because they’re trying to think about it and do it at the same time. Shelley pointed out that one of the stars of the Folger’s Crystals commercial was Roy Scheider

Kat said “write a story in 112 words.” Mine was about the holidays and looked like it was written by a nine-year-old.

We set the WABAC (pronounced “wayback”) machine for Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1970 and visited WPAG to see what was on their Scene ’70 Sound Survey.

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Our prompt was “roll/role,” so naturally my post was about dice. Made sense to me…

Tomorrow is songs about being thankful, or things we’re grateful for. We’ll have another smooth jazz artist on Tuesday, another one-liner on Wednesday, reply to prompts on Thursday and Saturday, and have another radio station survey on Friday. Plus, the results of my latest Battle of the Bands. Stay tuned!

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

6 thoughts on “The Pre-Thanksgiving Week That Was

  1. I’m glad you cleared that up about Thanksgiving being on the fourth Thursday of November. I didn’t know that. I always thought it was the last Thursday of November. I was completely baffled to hear that we were going to our daughter Ann’s house next Thursday and not the following Thursday. Since you’re such a smarty pants, when is the next year with five Thursdays so I can be prepared.

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    1. In the movie “Holiday Inn,”as I’m sure you remember, there was a sort of title card before all the holidays. I guess there was some doubt as to the day of Thanksgiving, because in 1941 it was on the third Thursday, even though it had been set as the fourth Thursday by FDR in 1939. Anyway, the title card in the movie showed a turkey jumping between November 20 and 27, as if he was confused.

      The next year that has five Thursdays looks like 2023. Mark your calendar.

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  2. I am so glad my birthday is after the holiday this year instead of before. I’m guessing we’ll still have punkin pie and noodles for me to eat 😛
    Roy is known to me via HEE-HAW and one time in concert when I was real young — he was part of a group, and some other HH people were with him. I was maybe 8 or 9 and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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    1. You can get pumpkin pie and noodles just about all year, so if you run out on Thanksgiving, there’s always more at Kroger.

      You with Thanksgiving coming before your birthday is like me with Easter. Easter has come before my birthday exactly one time in my life and probably won’t again. (I projected it out to 2056, by which time I’ll probably be gone.)

      Roy Clark was a lot of fun. You could tell he was just having the time of his life when he was playing. Even when he was playing something serious, like “Malaguena” or “Moscow Nights,” he’d look up and get a goofy look on his face, almost as though he was saying “phew! That was a hard one.” “Hee Haw” was a fun show…

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        1. My brother Jim’s birthday is December 11, exactly two weeks before Christmas, and not only is my Aunt Bitsy’s birthday in December (can’t remember the day), her wedding anniversary is a week before. And Uncle Jack’s birthday is next month as well. We have a few birthdays in December; guess that’s what happens in a big family…

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