November 26th, 2009


Happy Nostalgia Day!

Thanksgiving for me is a day that's filled with childhood nostalgia. As a kid, Thanksgiving was less about the big meal and seeing family, and more about getting two days off from school and, big surprise, what was on TV.

You see, back in the 1970s, New York TV station WWOR used to show the same three movies every Thanksgiving day, and lucky for me, we got that station up in Connecticut, where I lived at the time. Those three movies, which I made sure every year not to miss, were: King Kong, Son of Kong (above), and Mighty Joe Young. It was essentially six hours of the same story over and over again, and the movies were in black and white, but I didn't care, it was freaking giant apes fighting men and/or other monsters!

How awesome was Thanksgiving? Giant ape awesome!

Still, Thanksgiving paled in comparison to Black Friday. On the day after the big meal, WWOR continued its monster mash with three Godzilla movies. Because there were more to choose from, the Godzilla movies varied from year to year, but I remember the lineup often including the original, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster and Godzilla vs. Mothra (which back then was titled Godzilla vs. the Thing for some reason, and confused me as a kid because I thought Godzilla would be fighting that big stone guy from the Fantastic Four).

How awesome was the day after Thanksgiving? Fire-breathing lizard monster awesome!

WWOR has changed hands a dozen times since then and been rebranded with a dozen new names. Amazingly, it's back to being called WWOR now, but their Thanksgiving slate has changed since the good old days. Now they're spending the holiday showing syndicated programming like The 700 Club, Divorce Court and reruns of That 70s Show. A shame, but of course in this age of home video we don't need King Kong and Godzilla to be on TV today, we can make it happen ourselves.

Still, in the name of nostalgia, I give you this, friends who were in or near NYC in the 1970s and 1980s. A little something to remember a time gone by. Things weren't better then, or simpler, they were just newer and more interesting because I was kid, and everything was new and interesting to me. But the moment I heard that music, it all came rushing back and filled me with that familiar, Thanksgiving nostalgia.

So have a good one, everybody, and I hope this day brings you some sweet pangs of nostalgia as well.