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MODERN-DAY PILGRIMS WON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM; SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS WOULD TAKE CLOTHES, TV, CAR AND FOOD TO A NEW LAND TODAY

 CARMEL, Ind., Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- While Thanksgiving conjures up images of the original Pilgrims arriving on America's shores aboard the Mayflower dressed alike in tall hats and buckle shoes, 52 percent of modern-day Americans say their wardrobes would be the first thing unloaded from a Mayflower moving truck if they headed to a new land today.
 That's according to a recent poll conducted for the moving van line Mayflower Transit. Just as the Pilgrims were limited in their belongings in 1620, the poll asked 1,010 Americans to name four possessions they would pack if they were to move today to a new place. Clothes were, by far, the number one choice.
 Games such as checkers, chess, cards and dice were the Pilgrim's form of recreation in the New World, but one-fourth (25 percent) of modern-day Americans would pack a television for entertainment, making it the second most often-mentioned possession. Number three on the packing list would be a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle), according to 24 percent of those polled.
 Apparently, Americans today have learned at least one thing from history. They know the Pilgrims arrived in America with little food remaining from the voyage and faced hard times trying to feed themselves until a year later. (Thanksgiving was the celebration of the first fall harvest when the Pilgrims had grown enough grain to last the winter.) One-fifth (20 percent) of modern-day Pilgrims would pack ample food supplies for their arrival, making it the fourth favorite item on the packing list.
 "It's hard for us to imagine what it would be like to move to a new land and be able to take just a few possessions with us," said Gary Reynolds, vice president of marketing at Mayflower. "Most families moving abroad today have the luxury of taking most of their belongings with them."
 While packing the "essentials" were certainly on the minds of many Americans, remembrances of the land, family and friends they'd be leaving were important as well. Photos were the fifth most popular item on the packing list at 19 percent of total mentions.
 And while the Pilgrims left England seeking religious freedom, many with Bibles among their few possessions, only nine percent of Americans today said their Bible would be among the top four possessions packed. Eleven percent would take along other books as well. Books were certainly more popular with the 35-54 age group, while stereo equipment was more frequently mentioned by 18-34-year-olds.
 Twelve percent would take furniture, while 10 percent specifically want their own bed. Twelve percent would take a pet along.
 Seven percent indicated that favorite heirlooms or keepsakes would make the trip. One respondent indicated a statue of King Kong and a picture of his mother dancing with Fred Astaire were not to be left behind.
 While only six percent would pack a gun to protect themselves in a new land, it was certainly a popular item among men (10 percent) versus women (1 percent.)
 Apparently unsure of the social scene in this new land, one man indicated he would pack his "black book." Other items of interest mentioned among the top four possessions include:
 -- Christmas decorations
 -- Aspirin
 -- Birth control pills
 -- Surf board
 -- My husband's ashes
 -- My four Visa cards
 -- A $7,000 antique doll collection
 -- A 1730 Wayne Scott chair
 Opinion Research Corp. of Princeton, N.J., conducted the telephone survey between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. Sampling error for the survey is three percent points.
 Mayflower Transit is ranked as one of the nation's leading transportation services companies specializing in worldwide transportation of household goods, electronics, trade show exhibits and general commodities. Based in Carmel, Ind., Mayflower Transit is represented by more than 1,000 agents around the globe.
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 ~CONTACT: Jeff Beckman of Ketchum Public Relations, 312-266-4550, for Mayflower Transit~


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