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Chuck's List: The people that make and break Thanksgiving

  • Del Griffith

    Del Griffith

    There are countless Christmas specials that one might put on their must-see list for the holiday. There's only one Thanksgiving flick. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is the story about a man trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving. And as great as Steve Martin was in the movie, John Candy is better. Del Griffith, the shower-ring-selling, air-piano playing, hand between two pillows, travel companion steals the show. The emotional reveal at the end of the movie makes this one the Thanksgiving classic. Sorry Charlie Brown.

  • G.A. Richards

    G.A. Richards

    The tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving dates back to 1876. But it was G.A. Richards, the first owner of the Detroit Lions, who brought the tradition to the NFL. Richards was looking for a gimmick to sell tickets. So, he revived an old tradition. In 1920, the NFL became a league, and the league remained committed to protecting Richards' holiday game. The Lions are simpy a vital part of Thanksgiving, even when their games were used merely as background noise to dinner during the lean years of Greg Landry, or became must-watch TV during the days of Barry Sanders. Oh, and the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving every year too.

  • Victoria's Secret

    Victoria's Secret

    Not the lingerie. But come to think of it...? No, the TRUE secret to every great Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing, and stuffing is believed to be invented in Victorian England prior to all those ships setting sail for the new world on our not-as-flat-as-previously-advertised planet. Turkey is turkey. Sure, you can dry it out, you can overcook it, even burn it, but it's the stuffing that will determine whether the Thanksgiving meal makes it worth having to spend an entire day with the extended family.

    HONORABLE MENTION: Charlie Brown, The Parker Brothers, Grandma, the wine bringer, and tryptophan.

  • The Scab Picker

    The Scab Picker

    Everyone has members of the family that don't get along. And every family member has issues that will bring their temper to a boil, and as a consequence everyone's holiday fun comes to a screeching halt. I call those issues -- scabs. And I call those family members who can't leave the scabs alone -- Scab Pickers. And it's Scab Pickers who ruin family gatherings. I don't care if you don't like your nephew, telling your sister that she's raising an *s*hole makes her cry, which in turn makes Mom worry, which in turn makes Mom skip an ingredient to the pumpkin pie, which in turn makes Dad angry that the pie stinks, which in turn causes him to complain, which in turn causes Mom to say "Nobody appreciates all I do", which in turn makes everyone feel guilty, which in turn causes everyone to leave prematurely and question if they really want to do this again next Thanksgiving. Hey Scab Picker, you know your sister's sensitive about her children's behavior. How about you leave it alone for a day?

  • The Vegan

    The Vegan

    Attention Vegans! Make one of the two dishes in the world you can eat the night before and bring it to the Thanksgiving dinner! I don't give a damn that there's nothing for you to eat. We're not making everyone else, who eats meat, and butter, and cream, and everything good in the world, compromise their enjoyment of Thanksgiving so that emaciated Uncle Pat's feelings don't get hurt again this year.

  • Christmas Talker

    Christmas Talker

    I like Thanksgiving. It's a ONE DAY festival of food, football, family and friends. For ONE DAY we should be able to live off of those four essential ingredients to a happy life. Then -- TOMORROW -- you can talk about Christmas til your butt falls off. I don't want to exchange names. I don't want to hear what's on your daughter's Santa list. I don't want to hear about where you intend to shop on Black Friday. I don't want to hear "Here Comes Santa Claus" or "The First Noel". Everybody else just wants to enjoy Thanksgiving for ONE DAY.

    HONORABLE MENTION: Al Roker, Black Friday Shopper, Where's the Ham Guy, Politics Talker, Gobble-Gobble Guy.

About the Author


Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating

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