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Turkey and Traditions

Trivia Question

Which television show featuring fictional attorney Bentley Gregg debuted in 1957?

Turkey and Traditions

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I can picture it now: The kitchen island is so tightly crowded with slow cookers, bowls and casserole dishes that some threaten to topple over the edges. Drinks, desserts and appetizers are forced to find space of their own on the counter by the sink. The smell of roasted turkey permeates the air, and the sounds of laughter and conversation drift from every room in the house. A card game has already begun in the basement, and a football game is blaring from the living room television.

I'm describing my own home on Thanksgiving Day, as I am the hostess of our extended-family's get-together every year. But I could well be describing Thanksgivings at my mom's and grandma's from many years past. The players have changed, but happily, the tradition lives on.

Study after study confirms that family traditions and rituals play an integral part in the healthy, positive development of children. These traditions, often centered around holidays, bring meaning to our lives and help bond us together. They reinforce what is important, give us a sense of belonging and create memories that last a lifetime. Traditions are anchors, something we can count on, in an ever-changing world.

It takes work to intentionally slow down and perpetuate family traditions in today's fast-paced society. But the laughter, the conversations, the over-flowing food counters and the aroma of turkey in the air make it all worthwhile. Research proves it!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What's your favorite family tradition from your Good Old Days? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here are some email responses from the Oct. 9, 2019, update question: Did you have a party-line phone line in your Good Old Days? Did it ever cause a problem?

Robert B. Williams shared, "One cold winter night back in 1965 here in Maine, my car broke down at about 9 p.m. Luckily, I was near a service station. It was closed, but it had an outside pay phone booth. I used my last dime to phone my mother to please come and get me. The phone rang and a woman answered. 'Hi, Mom,' I said and the woman replied, 'I am not your mother!' and hung up. It had been one of our party-line users thinking the 'ring' was hers. I walked the four miles home."

Kim Engel remembered, "When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school, we shared a party line with the farm family down the road. The male half of the most popular couple in school lived there, so we could listen in on the cooing and the arguments of the popular high school couple. My mom wouldn't allow us to eavesdrop, so we had to do it when she wasn't around. I have pictures of kids listening in on that party line from my home during a party I had; that is, we were listening until my mom caught on to what we were doing and put a stop to it!"

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Bachelor Father. John Forsythe played the character Bentley Gregg, a wealthy bachelor raising his niece, Kelly (played by Noreen Corcoran).

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