One of the great traditions of Thanksgiving is the Turkey Bowl. Since the early 1970′s, I have played football with friends from junior high school at Old Orchard Junior High and Niles North High School. Last year the temperature was in the 60′s, a record high; this year the temperature was below freezing with a dusting of snow on the ground.

Our team won 4-3 although I can take little credit after arriving late from the Thanksgiving Day Parade on State Street.

The most important win of the day of the Turkey Bowl is safety. Fortunately there were no injuries.

In case of injury, we do have excellent medical care on the field. Here I celebrate the game with Dr. Michael Ruchim, now celebrating his first anniversary as Assistant Chief Medical Officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Associate Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.


The relationships on the field date back to junior high school at Old Orchard Junior High and high school at Niles North. My friends Harold Dembo on the left and Harry Kramer on the right went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and then joined me in the Class of 1979 at the Northwestern University School of Law.


When the game started in the 70′s, Gary Riederman on the right was the little brother for Dr. Mark Riederman on the left. This game has been an annual tradition for both ever since.