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      <strong>Brian’s Belly Handheld Channel: Week of November 23rd</strong><br />
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      "It was as natural as eating and to me as necessary, and I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking beer." <strong>-Ernest Hemingway.</strong> <br />
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      <strong>T H I S W E E K :</strong><br />
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      Happy Thanksgiving. More importantly, have a happy Thanksgiving Eve, which in our neck of the woods is one of the biggest hang out nights of the year. Why? We always surmised that since people travel to come home on Thanksgiving, a holiday without religion, that seeing old friends in the neighborhood is a great plan for the night before a long weekend. <br />
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      "FRANKSGIVING:" In August, 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his decision to move Thanksgiving Day up one week to lengthen the Christmas shopping season. This would make Thanksgiving the third Thursday of the month and millions of Americans would have had to cancel Thanksgiving plans already set for Thursday, November 30th. <br />
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      The controversy over his surprise proclamation grabbed front-page headlines. A stunned nation questioned the wisdom of breaking the tradition established by President Lincoln. The nation’s 48 governors catapulted themselves into the battle. Since only the District of Columbia was legally bound to honor the president’s decree, governors issued their own proclamations. Pundits called the third Thursday the Democrats’ Thanksgiving Day and the fourth Thursday the G.O.P.’s Thanksgiving Day. Atlantic City’s mayor called the new date "Franksgiving." When all was said and done, 23 states went with Roosevelt’s date, while 23 observed the original date. Texas and Colorado celebrated on both. <br />
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      In 1941 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November. A thankful nation could rest in peace. Eleven days later, Japanese bombs rained on Pearl Harbor.

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