Apropos of Nothing

November 27, 2013

WKRP Turkey Drop

Filed under: Newsworthy — aproposofnothing @ 7:55 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

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As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!!!”WKRP in Cincinnati Station Manager, Arthur Carlson

Based on Reality
Oddly enough, this famous WKRP episode was loosely based on a real event! Back in 1946 (some sources say 1945), Yellville, Arkansas inaugurated the “Turkey Trot Festival” which included a wild turkey calling contest, a turkey target shoot, a Miss Drumsticks Pageant and oh yeah: a live turkey release from the roof of the courthouse.

After a few years, someone thought it might be fun to actually toss the poor gobblers out of a low-flying airplane for the event. This repeated for a number of years until 1989 when a national animal-rights protest cast the event in a bad light and the “National Enquirer” splashed a photo of the event across the nation forcing promoters to abandon the turkey drop.

You can view the entire classic WKRP episode HERE

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1 Comment »

  1. Who would have thought…I thought they could fly also. Crazy!

    Comment by Dollartech — November 28, 2012 @ 3:58 am | Reply


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