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Happy Thanksgiving!

For many of us in the United States, the meaning of Thanksgiving usually includes feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, family reunions, or a forerunner to Christmas festivities. But the word “thanksgiving,” when literally translated is an expression of gratitude. The “First Thanksgiving,” however, was neither a feast nor a holiday, but a simple gathering. Following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims suffered the loss of 46 of their original 102 colonists. With the help of 91 native Wampanoag Indians, the remaining Pilgrims survived the bitter winter and yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621. In celebration, a traditional English harvest

Farewell to the Queen of the Skies

Chicago-based United Airlines has sent its last 747 out for a final curtain call. The Boeing 747, known as the “Queen of the Skies,” a regal nickname it has had since entering service in 1969 has made its final flight with United Airlines. While many airlines have already retired this majestic airship, United Airlines rolled out the red carpet for its final flight, bejeweling its final 747 flight’s passengers with quite a throwback fanfare. For many, the Boeing 747 represented luxury in the sky. Most airlines operating the 747 used its signature hump, the upper-level of the double-decker, as a private bar and lounge for its passengers. The bar was a place for passengers to relax, mingle and

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