'As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly!'
November 24, 2010 at 4:44 AM (PT)
On OCTOBER 30th, 1978, the infamous WKRP IN CINCINNATI TV show, "Turkeys Away" aired for the first time. This episode was named by TV GUIDE as the 40th greatest in TV history.
The classic report by newsman LES NESSMAN is a parody of HERBERT MORRISON's famous coverage of the HINDENBURG disaster. "It's a helicopter, and it's coming this way. It's flying something behind it, I can't quite make it out, it's a large banner and it says, uh - Happy... Thaaaaanksss... giving! ... From ... W ... K ... R ... P!! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen, what a sight. The ‘copter seems to be circling the parking area now, I guess it's looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of the helicopter! It's, uh, a dark object. Perhaps a skydiver. Plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air. A second, a third! No parachutes yet. Can't be skydivers... I can't tell just yet what they are, but - Oh my God, they're turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, this is just terrible! The crowd is running around pushing each other! Oh, my goodness! Oh, the humanity! People are running about! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Honestly, folks I don't know how much longer ... the crowd is running for their lives."
Another memorable moment was GM ARTHUR CARLSON's comment after the event, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
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