Mitch Lucas

Mitch Lucas

First off, to all those students who are out for Thanksgiving break: appreciate it. In my day, in between walking through snow to work, over hot coals with my bare feet, and parachuting into the parking lot, we were lucky to get TWO days off. We had Thanksgiving Day and Friday. And that was it.

Glad you get longer than that.


WE AT THE NEWS HERALD want to wish Kilgore Police Department Detective Corporal Joey Johnston a thorough and quick recovery from COVID-19. Johnston is hospitalized at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, and even though this got past me, with all the football playoffs and activities happening, just want to tell Joey and his family that you guys are in our prayers. We know you’ll beat this and be back better than ever.


A HEAD’S UP: the farmers market in Liberty City has three more dates this season. One of them is today, and the other two are Saturday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 19.

It’s located at the Liberty City Community Building at 5333 Old Highway 135 North, obviously in Liberty City. Come out between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Might be there myself.


BEFORE WE ALL MOVE on to Christmas – which I love, by the way – let’s actually enjoy Thanksgiving this year, no matter what form it takes. If you don’t want to travel because of COVID, if you ARE traveling in SPITE of COVID, if you’re Steve Martin and you’re trying to get back to Chicago (“Planes, Trains & Automobiles”), or if you just want to enjoy the day – to each his own.

A little Thanksgiving-spirited trivia, from

- The original Pilgrims had Thanksgiving over three days in November, 1621.

- They might not have had turkey. I’m not sure how the writer knew this, but she said they likely “indulged” in foods like lobster, seal and swan. I’m not really sure that seal giblet gravy would be too good.

- Thomas Jefferson apparently refused to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Ol’ Tom really was big on the separation of church and state. And he thought it would violate the First Amendment.

- Writer/editor Sarah Josepha Hale was one of the people who convinced President Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She also founded American Ladies Magazine, and by the way – she wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

- How about this? In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered 260 tons of Thanksgiving turkey, having supposed to have ordered much, much less. A company salesman named Gerry Thomas took the idea and filled 5,000 aluminum trays with turkey, dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes, sold it for cheap and created – TA-DAH! – the TV dinner.

- About 46 million turkeys were cooked, fried, baked, or whatever, then turned into sandwiches, during Thanksgiving, 2019.

- According to the Good Housekeeping writer – not sure where she derived this information – only male turkeys gobble. Apparently, female turkeys cackle.

- If you need a job during the Thanksgiving season, don’t go to Butterball to be an operator. The company’s Turkey Talk line, a 24-hour-a-day operation this time of year, typically answers 100,000 calls on turkey prep.

- One more: Americans average an estimated 50 million pumpkin pie preparation and consumption each Thanksgiving. I will confess: I’m not a part of that tradition. Give me lemon merengue instead.


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