Thanksgiving Show 1944, Abbott & Costello

Thanksgiving, 1944  came during the war years for Tacoma families along with the rest of the world. Even though the invasion of Europe by the Allies was under way and the island hopping in the Pacific was showing some success for the U.S. Navy, Americans were both thankful and hesitant. Very hard times were still ahead and Americans were experienced enough, after three long years of war, to know that losses were still to come. At home around the radio families listened to the news from the fronts, but they also welcomed the daffy humor of America’s favorite comedic pair-Abbott and Costello. This program ran at 8 p.m. on a Thursday night, November 23, 1944 over KMO in Tacoma. Some things that are dated but its still funny.

Happy Thanksgiving

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

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This site is about the way history, in this case of a city and it's surrounds, is remembered or recorded in stories and small bits of memory. It's also about the way images and stories go together, how they inform and enrich each other and how we as thinking people fill in the content between a narrative and a visual document. So here is my city in time past, the way it looked and the people and events that create its character. For more than 20 years I have taught a 5 credit course on the History of Tacoma at the University of Washington Tacoma. With an average of 30 or 40 students a year, each doing a research paper as their primary focus for the course, I have benefited from many paths of inquiry and many researched and assembled stories. Here are some of them in the retelling along with the treasures of photographs and images in the collections of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Public Library, University of Washington Digital Archives, Washington State Archives at the Office of the Secretary of State, Library of Congress, Washington State University, Alaska State Library, and many other archives, libraries and private collections.

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