The First Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving came in November 1621, a year after the pilgrims
landed in the New World, at Plymouth Rock. The Thanksgiving celebration
occurred when the Pilgrims gathered their first harvest in their new
home. It was hardly the beginning of a tradition, as they did not really
describe it as a day of thanks nor was it repeated in the following
years. The devoutly religious Pilgrims believed in prayer and fasting,
rather than feasting and revelry as a demonstration of gratitude. However,
the idea caught on with later generations and the original celebration
became a good excuse for an official, annual observance of thanks.
the popular concept of Thanksgiving Day became deeply woven into the
fabric of our culture. Along with football games and gluttony. More
it's just about party season. So here's a quick recipe for a hot item
on the nibble-bar at your game-day soiree... EZ SweetNsour Sausage bites.
some polish sausage into bite-sized chunks and toss into a crock pot.
Dump in equal parts apple jelly and catsup until the meat is covered.
it up, stick a cup full of long toothpicks next to the crock, and stand
back! It is delicious, although it has almost no nutritional value.
In fact, if you're a diabetic, just head for the celery sticks!
only promised "easy"... not "diet-friendly"!
you're not quick enough too snag one of the store's fresh turkeys before
they're all sold, here's a handy guide to thawing frozen gobblers:
the still-wrapped foul in cold water for 30 minutes per pound.
Change the water every 30 minutes.
you have more time and want to thaw it slowly, in the fridge,
use this guide to estimate how long it'll take:
....up to 12 lbs.....2 1/2
....12 - 16 lbs........4 days
....16 - 20 lbs........5 days
....20 - 24 lbs........6 days
.... over 24 lbs..... too late now!
The Real First Thanksgiving
In December 1619,
a group of Pilgrims from England landed on the northern shore of the
James River in a place now known as the Berkeley
Plantation, Charles City, Virginia. The settlers, upon opening
their orders from the sponsoring company back home in England, read
ordaine that the Day of our [ship's] arrivall at the place assigned
for the plantation in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually
kept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God."
This seems to
be pretty clear proof that the South’s claim to the first Thanksgiving
is quite valid. It even was officially recognized by the administration
of John F. Kennedy, in 1962. (It’s a wonder they allowed his
family to remain in Mass. after that!)
History is often
shaped by opportunity. While the Plymouth colony Pilgrims shared their
harvest bounty in a feast with some of the New England area’s
Wampanoag tribe, the settlers on the James River were massacred by
Virginia's Powhatan Indians after antagonizing the natives. That obliteration
of the colony, followed later by a northern win in the Civil War,
left New England residents unchallenged in their claim to the first
Proof of Virginia’s
claim didn’t surface until long after Plymouth Rock had become
so thoroughly accepted as the true location that to this day no school
teaches any other version of American History. Not even in Virginia!
of the Month...
really a studio. It's a TV station!
WCSC, Channel 5 in Charleston, SC, is the lowcountry's
CBS affiliate and has kept me busy for eight years, doing their news
promos, intros, and other incidental off-camera voice jobs. They are
knee-deep in awards, and have the ratings to back 'em up.
the closest thing to a "regular job" that a VO guy like
me ever gets! Thanks!
those awful political ads gone now? Is it safe to watch TV again?
And who's going to clean up all that mud that got slung? Eeeeech!
receiving notices of rate increases from several sources (utility companies
to property tax collectors, not to mention the pinch at the gas pumps)
it occurs to me that I haven't had a rate increase of my own in nearly
ten years! Ten years? Holy cow!
I've been looking at my rate card and considering what changes may need
to be made. It wont be severe, but there will be a slight bump up in
the voicover rates after the New Year. But I want to give plenty of
advance notice, and also see what others have to say about it
have posted the anticipated new rate
card on my web site so that you all can look it over. I'd appreciate
any suggestions or comments you might
and PR gurus Bob Hammack and Alan Atkins of the New West Group in Oklahoma
are trying out a new advertising method for their client, Foster Wines.
It involves entertaining little audio clips embedded in e-mailed promotional
material for a brand of wine called "Bohemian Highway". I
am delighted to be both the voice and the producer of these audio clips
that we've termed "E-teasers". Fun stuff. Here's
an example of one..
Bad Old Days
had a lot of response to my "remember whens" in the previous
newsletter... especially from old audio guys.
old analog editors remember the infamous "print through" effect.
When audio tape was stored on reels, the magnetic field would sometimes
bleed through the acetate backing to the layer beneath, causing a faint
echo effect... Very obvious if it preceded the actual recording!
prompted the industry to make "tails-out" storage of master
tapes standard practice, so that the print-through followed the original
signal instead of preceding it. Do I sound really old now?