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        PLATTERS                                                                    Early in our country’s history, both the turkey and the bald eagle were under

        Continued from Page 1                                                     consideration for the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one
                                                                                          of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey. Franklin felt
                                                                                               the turkey, although “vain and silly,” was a better choice for a
           In  1939, President  Roosevelt,  seeking  to  lengthen  the                            national symbol than the bald eagle, which he considered a
        Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving to be                                    “coward.”
        the third Thursday in November.  Controversy raged over                                         According to the U.S. Department  of  Agriculture,
        this decision, and Congress passed a joint resolution in                                       more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in
        1941, decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the                                            the U.S. each Thanksgiving. Over 7 billion pounds of
        fourth Thursday of November.  It remains there today.                                            turkey is processed each year.
           There are a number of explanations for the origin                                                Age is a determining  factor in taste. Old, large
        of the name of Thanksgiving’s favorite dinner guest.                                             males are preferred to young toms since tom meat is
        Some  believe  Christopher  Columbus  thought  that                                              stringy. The opposite is true for females; old hens are
        the land he discovered was connected to India and                                                tougher birds. But I honestly don’t know how to tell a
        believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type                                          bird’s gender when buying a turkey.
        of peacock. He, therefore, called the bird “tuka,” which                                           Turkeys have great hearing but no external ears. They
        is “peacock” in Tamil, an Indian language. Though the                                          can also see in color and have excellent visual acuity and
        turkey is actually a type of pheasant, no one can blame                                      a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes
        old’ Chris for trying. The Native American name for turkey                                 sneaking up on them difficult. However, turkeys have a poor
        is “firkee.” Some think that this Native American word is                                  sense of smell but an excellent sense of taste.
        how the turkey got its name.  However, simple  facts                                             Domesticated  turkeys  cannot  fly.  Wild  turkeys,
        sometimes produce the best answers—when a turkey                                                  however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to
        is scared, it makes a “turk,” “turk,” “turk” sound.                                                 55 miles an hour. They can also reach speeds of 25
           Each year, as is customary, the President of                                                      miles per hour on the ground.
        the United States pardons a turkey on the eve                                                           Turkeys can drown if they look up when it
        of Thanksgiving at a White House ceremony.                                                            is raining.  They can  also have  heart  attacks,
        The tradition dates back to Harry Truman and                                                          especially when a farmer’s wife, armed with a
        has been energetically enforced ever since. The                                                       hatchet, is chasing one.
        turkey, once pardoned, is given to Kidwell Farm,                                                                              Continued on Page 9
        a petting zoo. The turkey in question gets a last
        minute pardon before arriving and is then led to                                                      Shown at Top: Platter 9: Enameled metal ware,
        his new home at the Turkey Barn. At the 1997 event,
                                                                                                             large, 16”, turkey serving platter; $25. Bottom:
        President Clinton quipped, “We can all be grateful that                                            Vintage, large oval granite/enamel metal Turkey
        there is one less turkey in Washington.”
                                                                                                         serving platter; $40.

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