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These are from the collection of LCDR (mustang) Edward Ross Morris, USN, who served between 1921 and 1953. AMM1c Morris was a survivor of the crash of the zeppelin USS Macon (ZRS-5) off Point Sur, Calif. on Lincoln's Birthday in 1935. He was stationed twice at NAS Lakehurst during his career and was stateside during WW2.

 

NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey Thanksgivings 1930 and 1942.

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[Tri-fold program, text as follows:]

 

The U.S.N.A.S., Lakehurst, NJ

Presents

His Day A Three Act Meal-o-Rama

Thanksgiving Day

1942

 

 

IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION

 

Director............................ Ensign H. C. Krueger, (SC) USN

Assistant Director ........... Pay Clerk W. L. Bucher, USN

Cast Director ................. W. L. Healy, CCStd, USN (Ret.)

 

STAGE HANDS

Downing, Hary ........................ CCStd McConnell, G. W ......................... SK2c

Rowland, L. ............................. SC1c Gesswein, A. M. .......................... SC3c

Hartnett, H. H. ........................ SC1c Hetzel, G. H. ................................ SC3c

Wood, W. V. .......................... SC1c Laughlin, J. E. .............................. SC3c

Pataky, S. J.............................. SC1c Greene, R. E................................ SC3c

Mollina, A. B. ......................... SC1c Metcalf, E. F. .............................. SC3c

Lumbo, A. B............................ SC1c Maccri, A. A. .............................. SC3c

Chavis, C. ............................... Stf. Sgt Degenhart, W. ............................. SC3c

Bolton, W. .............................. Bkr1c Synder, H. J. ............................... SC3c

McKelvey, H. D. ................... SC2c Long, G. L. ................................. SC3c

Glod, S. ................................. SC2c Rundiio, C. S. ............................. SC3c

Donald, G. A. ........................ SC2c McLean, G. M. ........................... Bkr3c

Lamberson, H. M. ................. Bkr2c Drosdick, B. ............................... Bkr3c

Schoen, Chas. ....................... Bkr2c Nattress, G. A. ........................... Sea2c

Davis, F. G. ........................... Bkr2c Warner, A. ................................. Sea2c

O'Rourke, I. J. ........................ SK2c McDermott, S. ........................... Pfc. USMC

 

 

WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN'T EATEN YOUR THANKSGIVING FEAST, AFTER READING THIS, YOU'LL WANT IT. IF YOU ALREADY FEASTED AND ARE AS STUFFED AS THAT TURKEY ONCE WAS, STOP READING NOW! THAT IS ALL.

 

 

A WORD ABOUT THE PLOT

 

This play concerns Mr. Tom (Corn-Fed) Turkey, a big feather and duster man from

the "wide open spaces." In line with the increased naval expansion program -- this

delectable character and his gang decided to visit the United States Naval Air Station,

Lakehurst, NJ, this Thanksgiving Day to be "stowed away" for a short hop.

 

The scene of action is the USNAS, Lakehurst, NJ, on Thanksgiving Day, at high noon.

An enthusiastic committee, (all hands), welcome "Tommy" and "His Gang" aboard, with

knives and forks at "Present Arms!" . . . . Now the fun begins!

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

The various members of the cast are listed in the order that they come over the gangway.

If our star appears a bit uneasy, the management knows that our audience will not judge

him to harshly . . . . . . . Let's go on with the show!

 

OVERTURE

 

"Celery Soup and Crackers," a Symphony, sung by the entire audience, without silencers.

. . . . Let joy be unconfined!

 

PROLOGUE

 

Mr. See Pickles and his sweetheart, Miss Celery Hearts, who is is well stuffed -- Relished

by all. Followed by a solo by that appetizing California celebrity .......... Miss Ripe Olives.

 

ACT ONE

A Young Vermont Gentleman ......................... Mr. Tom Turkey

His Weakness ............................. Miss Giblet Gravy

A Saucy Maid ......................................... Miss Cranberry Sauce

Her Boy Friend .......................................... Mr. Oyster Dressing

One of the Can-Can Girls ........................... Miss Buttered Peas

An Irish Dandy ...................................... Mr. Whipped Potatoes

 

 

ACT TWO

A Ham What Am ........................................... Mr. Squeal Grunt

A Red Headed Feller ................................... Mr. Tomato Salad

Rolls (a hot guy) ........................................... Mr. Parker House

 

INTERMISSION

 

Upon arriving at this point our audience will find it advisable to take time out for a short

period before attempting Act III.

 

ACT THREE

 

The Villain .............................................. Mr. O. U. Bumpkin Pie

A Chilly Virgin.................................................. Miss "I" Scream

An Innocent Lass ..................................... Miss Vanilla Wafer

The Tan Dandy ......................................................... Mr. Coffee

 

 

SPECIALTIES

 

A One Act skin-game, featuring those well known artists,

 

The Vitamin Kids .............................Orange and Apple

A visit to the Nut House ................................................. A Sketch

Mr. and Mrs. Mixed Nuts .................. assisted by a Nut Cracker

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" ............................. A Popular Ballad

The Knights of Nicotine ............................. Assorted Cigarettes

 

 

 

EPILOGUE

 

A Siesta is now in order. "All Hands," not on watch, to their bunks until

the effects of the play have partially subsided.

 

WE HOPE YOU LIKED IT

 

 

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I picked this copy of the "Wing Ding" several years ago. At first I thought it was a theater made Thanksgiving invitation but upon closer inspection it is an invite for a monthly gathering of officers based upon a practice started by Gen. George Washington and further promoted during WWII by Brig. Gen. Hodges.

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