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]
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.
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