I've worked the Friday after Thanksgiving as long as I can remember. And as long as I can remember, it has always been a struggle to fill the half hour with news. Not tonight.
First, there's the news from Iraq and the ongoing, deplorable violence there. I found it interesting to learn that in an attempt to restore calm after yesterday's awful massacre, it was reported that Iraqi television aired some of the favorite shows from the past -- dating back to the Saddam era -- in hopes that they would have a "soothing" effect and help to assist in the mourning process and restore the peace. Sadly, this new day brought new violence almost too deplorable to report. We will have two reports tonight.
We will also report on the spy story from London which has ended in mystery. Domestically, it's Black Friday for retailers (even though it's no longer the biggest retailing day). We will also cover a Congressional election in Florida that is far from settled. And with the movie "Bobby" now in theaters, we have a great story about the legendary Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
And we have a great MAKING A DIFFERENCE segment this Friday night.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After spending 10 hours on the road yesterday, I feel a special closeness to my fellow road warriors out there. You know who you are, and there were a lot of you. To the guy who raced ahead to get one car length ahead of me at the merge in Nyack last night: Did you have to do that? I ended up passing you anyway. To all those who were stuck in the flooding on the Garden State Parkway Northbound at Exit 120: remember, you can take Route 35 straight north to the Turnpike interchange.
To all those who are traveling today and tonight, including all of my wife's relatives headed to our house: travel safely. Enjoy the weekend. We hope you can join us for our Friday night broadcast, and I'll see you on Monday.