Ham Kills Turkey

Back in 1984, the social studies class at Highland Middle School in Louisville had a six-week study of the American pioneers' way of life, in honor of Thanksgiving. This included having the eighth graders decapitate a live turkey named Willy Wally. Some of the students held down Willy Wally while a student named Robin Ham swung an ax down on its neck.

Said Ham, "It was bleeding everywhere. It was flapping around a little. It was kind of grossing me out." Then added, "It was a neat experience. I feel it was pretty enriching, but I don't think I want to do it again. I've had enough of enrichment."

Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 16, 1984

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 23, 2017
     Category: Thanksgiving

This thanksgiving I'm thankful for WU and those who keep this delightful madness going.

Thanks Alex, Paul, and the gone-but-not-forgotten Chuck.

Posted by crc on 11/23/17 at 12:18 PM
I would like to add my thanks to CRC's. It is not only the articles and items posted but the comments that make this site the great informative reading it has become. I remember many of the commenters who no longer post as well as enjoying those who are prolific. The comments often lead to exploration of informative sites related to the posted and additional interesting subjects.

Again, thanks to all who contribute as well as Alex, Paul, and Chuck.
Posted by Steve E. on 11/23/17 at 01:27 PM
Thanks for taking me back, sorta.

As a student, I lived in a basement apartment of a little bungalow in my university city. The landlord lived upstairs, and kept dozens and dozens of chickens and upstairs! It was hard to study with all the racket they made. The heating system was forced-air, and clouds of chicken feather dust would blow through the ducts into our apartment.

The capper was meeting the landlord on the stairs carrying a huge wicker basket of headless turkeys which he had just slaughtered. He was dripping blood.

That was all the enrichment I needed.
Posted by Harvey on 11/29/17 at 05:24 PM
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