Thanksgiving isn't just about sticking it to PETA. No, it's also about one of the greatest episodes of Television ever, the "Thanksgiving Turkey Drop" episode from WKRP in Cincinnati.
If you are unfamiliar with the show or the episode in question, WKRP follows the exploits of a last place radio station in late '70s Cincinnati, Ohio. And in this episode, the scatter-brained station president, Mr. Carlson, has decided to give away free turkeys before Thanksgiving as a station promotional event. But, as a surprise, he has kept his staff in the dark as to just HOW he plans to do this.
And as God as my witness ... you will crap your pants laughing.
Today's lesson: After this, Gordon Jump, AKA Mr. Carlson, would go on to fame as both the Maytag repairman and the bicycle shop owner who molested Arnold's friend Dudley in THAT episode of "Diff'rent Strokes". In fact, most Americans today when they hear the words "pedophile" or "pederast", still think "quality appliances." So, in one way, the ad campaign worked: Whenever a pedophile is caught, Maytag's sales go up.