John F. Kennedy unofficially spares a turkey on November 19, 1963. The practice of “pardoning” turkeys in this manner became a permanent tradition in 1989.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. John F. Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the turkey given to him (he announced he didn’t plan to eat the bird), and Ronald Reagan was the first to grant the turkey a presidential pardon, which he jokingly presented to his 1987 turkey (a turkey that would indeed be spared and sent to a petting zoo).
There are legends that state that the “pardoning” tradition dates to the Harry Truman administration or even to an anecdote of Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son’s pet turkey (a Christmas turkey); both stories have been quoted in more recent presidential speeches, but neither has any evidence in the Presidential record. In more recent years, two turkeys have been pardoned, in case the original turkey becomes unavailable for presidential pardoning.
George H. W. Bush, who served as vice president under Reagan, made the turkey pardon a permanent annual tradition upon assuming the presidency in 1989, a tradition that has been carried on by every president each year since. (Above taken from Wikipedia)
Don’t forget: Palmetto Shuffle Club and Avon Park Shuffle Club, and perhaps others, invite all shufflers to play Singles Mingle on Friday, November 24. The entry fee of $10 includes a lunch. That “beats shopping” and sounds like A REALLY GOOD TIME!!!!
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2017 11 19.