Thursday, November 26, 2009

ANOTHER WORLD Thanksgiving Speeches

ANOTHER WORLD's Mac Cory was famous for his holiday speeches. Below are the last two Thanksgiving toasts before his portrayer, the late, great Douglass Watson, passed away on May 1, 1989, just before the show's 25th anniversary. Mac's wife, Rachel, gave the Thanksgiving toast that year. His "I give you life" speech in 1988, Mac's last one on Thanksgiving, was replayed many times later in the show's run.

Mac's Thanksgiving toast, 1987:
"Dear friends, dear family. Well, how fortunate we are just to be able to say those words. How fortunate we are that the past year has brought us the most precious gift of all: the gift of life itself. And we could live it as we choose in this land that is our land. How fortunate we are that the coming year will give to each of us innumerable choices. May we all choose wisely. May we choose the right. And may we live our choices joyfully. To the future!"

Mac's Thanksgiving toast, 1988:
"Well, everybody... It's been a hard year to get through for many of us. Yet, here we all are, for Thanksgiving. And together. I'm very happy Iris is with us after all those years. And as I look at Jamie, Matthew, Amanda, Sam, and then Alexandra, I am grateful for the awareness of the sheer munificence of life as it keeps on rolling on despite our little problems. Sharing our lives with our friends and our family is far stronger than anything that world out there can do to us. Today especially, though indeed every day, Rachel and I our truly blessed. Our riches are at this table with us today. [Looking to the viewer] As indeed you are in our hearts every day. And so I give you, all of us, I give you life!"

Rachel's Thanksgiving toast, 1989:
"Well, here we all are once again. And here I am, trying to stand in for Mac. Pretty hard act to follow ... Where would I be without all of you? I feel very blessed. I love you all. To our unique American family."

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