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The first "thankful" column Furman Bisher ever wrote, in 1955

For decades, the annual column the late, great Furman Bisher would run on Thanksgiving completed Atlanta readers' holiday traditions. I just happened to stumble upon this column from 1993, in which he reprised his very first one, from 1955.

Furman Bisher

Originally published Nov. 25, 1993

Ran into this fellow the other day and he said, "Why don't you rerun the first Thankful column you wrote? I'm sure lots of people would like to see it again."

And I said, "What about the people who weren't born yet, for that was 38 years ago?"

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"See, " he said, "you've got a whole new audience. Trust me."

So, trusting in him, and with a few alterations and observations, I take the plunge into the past, and some things I was thankful for in 1955.

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I'm thankful for the right to play the game you want to play and back the team you want to back, though it isn't necessarily set forth in the constitution.

Read the rest of Furman Bisher's first "thankful" column here.


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