Eventually the networks turned to the Thanksgiving holiday. The obvious angle was the risk of cancellation of New York City's Macy's parade. ABC's Dan Harris (no link) told us of the double threat: the big balloons have to be inflated amid a worldwide helium shortage caused by production problems in Algeria and Qatar; and the risk of accidents prevents them from flying in high winds. In the end, the helium came through and flying was permitted, but "on a very short leash. Snoopy's snout was nearly scraping the pavement."
NBC offered a Thanksgiving pair: Rehema Ellis gave us the normal national round-up and Jim Maceda in Jalalabad tried for something more exotic. Blackhawk helicopters are used to ship turkey dinners to troops of the 10th Mountain Division in remote outposts of Nuristan, "a taste of home at the tip of the spear."
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