In stead of turkey I hoover up the biography of A. A. Markov by Grodzensky (mainly on the way to Monterey, where we spent this thanksgiving watching whales in the ocean and fish in the aquarium). Markov was not only a great mathematician, he was a prominent person, very honest, independent, and straightforward, a true patriot (in the best sense of the word) of Russia, a true Russian. Markov chains are used everywhere in science and applications, and yet there is no a complete Markov’s biography written in English. This paper and this webpage are excellent, but it is not enough: there is so much more to say about Andrey Andreyevich! The biography written by Grodzensky (in Russian) is good, but its direct translation into English would not be that interesting for foreign readers as it is for Russians since the book assumes a certain level of knowledge of Russian history. Someone should write a biography of A. A. Markov in English from scratch!