Roosevelt Islander Online: Happy Thanksgiving From Roosevelt Island

Happy Thanksgiving Day wishes to everyone out there in Roosevelt Island
land and elsewhere. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Since Thanksgiving is a day all about about Tradition, here is my traditional
Thanksgiving Day post started in 2007.

In addition to family, great food, the Macy’s Parade, Miracle on 34th Street,
March of the Wooden Soldiers and football, listening to
Arlo Guthrie’s rendition of
Alice’s Restaurant on WNEW-FM was, for me, a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition.

A former station DJ remembers Thanksgiving and Arlo Guthrie this way on the
All Mixed Up Radio.

Every year a couple of days before Thanksgiving, it starts. It’s slow at
first, and then turns into a non-stop avalanche of phone calls. And no
matter how many times a station runs promo announcements telling people
exactly when it will be played, the calls still come.

“What time are you playing ‘Alice’s Restaurant?'”…

Yes, in the olden days people used to listen to music on the radio. Imagine

Here’s a snippet of Alice’s Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie and Johnny Cash

and the full song with scenes from the movie.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy
shares a Thanksgiving  story
from Roosevelt Island’s past when it was known as Welfare Island and housed a
penitentiary. Also, former blogger
Roosevelt Island 360 tells us
about the first Roosevelt Island Thanksgiving in 1975.

Here’s scenes from today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade at Central Park West.

Happy Thanksgiving Roosevelt Islanders!!!!!!!!


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