Skip to comments.Arthur Carlson from WKRP in Cincinnati really believed that turkeys could fly...[video]
Posted on 11/22/2012 8:57:54 AM PST by virgil283
"Did you know that this scene is ranked #1 of all the sit-com scenes?:: "-- I remember this, because for weeks afterward every time someone dropped an item, they'd say something like, "As God is my witness, I thought ball point pens could fly.---Happy Thanksgiving, all. Keep an eye out for any low-flying helicopters".. [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. Sometimes, real life is funnier - or plain stranger - than anything you can make up]
Well.....they did vote for Obama, didn’t they?
All I can say about the show is “Jan Smithers”....mmmmmm, mmmm, mmmmmm.
Wild turkeys wonder onto my property all the time. When my dog chases them they DO fly away when he gets close. They are just a little more adept at flying than chickens. And some of my chickens can fly a fair distance.
Oh, the humanity!
Wonder = wander
BTW, I don’t think they migrate. They can’t fly that well. ;-)
I seem to remember about that time that WKRP or another show did a parody. Instead of dropping live turkeys, they dropped frozen turkeys. Of course, the scene was on the sidewalk as people were trying to get out of the way of falling frozen butterballs crashing into vehicles, etc.
CL..you are right as rain.... ‘wild’ turkeys can fly short distances and ‘swoop’ [glide] long distances. Also what amazes me is that when frightened they can keep a large tree between you and him, as so he seems to dissapper...
The native turkeys have returned to southern Michigan in force. These days its rare to see a pheasant but the turkeys are everywhere.
Turkeys can fly. Just look at how Barack and Moochelle get around the country.
I remember the show like yesterday. This episode, and the Chuckles the Clown episode, were breathtakingly funny.
Now, that there’s funny!!!
BTW, here’s a better clip of the WKRP turkey episode:
Turkeys can fly. They roost in trees. How do ya think they get up there, climb? LOL
Tomguy : “WKRP did a parody. Instead of dropping live turkeys, they dropped frozen turkeys”....Some say this is an urban legend going back to the ‘Rooster Booster’ or chicken gun for testing bird strikes on airliners...
This episode was played 4 times in a row yesterday on ... er, either ME-TV or Antenna-TV. I had to watch it twice, even though I’ve got it on recorded media anyway. It’s a great show.
And yes... Jan Smithers was so beautiful. I’ve had a tremendous crush on her ever since 1974’s “Where the Lilies Bloom.” A good movie about Appalachian kids living on their own after their father dies, if you ever get the chance. (They keep the father’s death a secret so as to not break up the sibling family.)
And the older I get the more I appreciate Loni Anderson in that role. She was hot, even with the horrible big hair.
“Oh my God, they’re turkeys!”
Wild turkeys can. Domesticated turkeys from a turkey farm, with their wings clipped? Not so much.
What ruins the show for me now is knowing that Howard Hesseman is a Commie Moonbat of the highest order.
Watch a live turkey dropped from a plane and the crazy woman who ‘caught’ it...
Great writing. Wonderful cast.
Tim Conway goes off script on the Carol Burnette Show, and talks about a circus elephant.
“Wild turkeys - - - - - DO fly away when he gets close. They are just a little more adept at flying than chickens.”
Wild turkeys shared my former home in a bit of northern Idaho forest. I was amazed at how quickly they could throw themselves into the air and fly, even those only a few months old, at great speed and for long distances, mostly gliding, of course.
Agreed. But Commie filth is all over the entertainment industry anyway. So sometimes I gotta step over the dog pile to reach the lilies. If it were up to me, Hollywood would be burned to the ground tonight, but it ain't up to me.
Obviously PETA activists lifted the turkeys into the trees to prevent you from harming them!
The activists will return later and get the turkeys down.
Didn’t radio host Doug macintyre write that line?
I think it was Ben Franklin that wanted to make the turkey the national bird, because of their intelligence.
WKRP was one of my favorites, you got the sense that the writers and actors were at their ‘A’ game and it just rocked along. Unlike M*A*S*H where they made Frank Burns both the fall-guy and conservative, you never got the idea that the designated foils, Arthur Carlson or Herb Tarlek, were political and the humor was gentle where it wasn’t slapstick.
Was one of the best scenes of all time. Loved it as a kid..
I asked Lil Miss this morning where bf was and she said he went to Cincinnati for Thanksgiving. I couldn’t resist asking if he was going to the great turkey drop. As God is my witness, I thought my joke would fly... it flew like a turkey.