To Thanksgiving, and the best TV episode ever dedicated to it

This year, I reposted a Facebook memory from all the way back in 2018.

It contrasts my good feelings about the holiday growing up in Florida, through last year, which was much colder than this one.

Last year, I also posted something nostalgic: my 20th anniversary of being in Philadelphia.

Yes, I moved from Hartford on Turkey Day in 1998, spent the meal part of the holiday with cousins in Fairfield County, and spent the night with a friend I met in Israel, 11 years earlier, and her wife. I couldn’t move into my apartment until the next day.

(Sidebar: If you read the linked article above, Nielsen once again ended this year’s November ratings period on the night before Thanksgiving rather than the week before, postponing or canceling news people’s vacation plans. Those ratings periods always start on Thursdays and end on Wednesdays, and I don’t think they interfered with Thanksgiving eve in 21 years, but I could be wrong.)

That move started lots of ups and downs (or downs and ups), a temporary move back to Florida, and an even more temporary move to the Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginiauntil I returned three-and-a-half years ago.

Life has been a roller-coaster, and I should be able to share exciting news for the first time in way too long sometime before we hit 2020, but there’s no doubt time can really fly, UNLIKE

As for fiction, you can watch the best Thanksgiving TV episode ever, which happened 41 years ago (actually in October) over a shopping mall in Cincinnati.

(Somehow, I don’t remember malls being open on Thanksgiving in 1978. Companies were a lot classier back then, even when we couldn’t buy anything from them online! Yes, catalogues…)

It’s nice to remember the quality entertainment we seem to lack these days, and everyone I’ve discussed WKRP with over the years.

It’s even nicer to see good things coming from that episode. For example, it’s the 19th year Philadelphia radio personality John DeBella held his annual Turkey Drop, as in “drop off a turkey” to help the less fortunate.

(Click below and possibly wait for commercial.)

I typed it out so you can click the link.

(NBC really needs to fix its embedding program!)

Others do similar acts of kindness.

As for this year, I’m not posting any special wishes on social media. (Who needs to see something as creative as “After 21 years, I can finally drink in Philadelphia!” because I really don’t?)

This post is just for you, subscribers to CohenConnect.com and/or ThePhillyFiles.com, but feel free to share to friends who will promise you they’ll subscribe.

P.S. Here are 8 other Thanksgiving TV episodes to be thankful for. Personally, I would add several years worth of General Hospital episodes in which the Quartermaines ended up eating pizza rather than turkey!

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

Ask me about all the details.

I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

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