PHOTO: Moments before shots ring out in
The movie was made in 1973, so assessments weren’t particularly deep when looking long term at the clock on the wall as it tick-tock, tick-tocks, tick-tocks away.
More importantly, very soon – Nov. 22 – will come consideration of “Where were you in ’63?”
That’s the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in
Shot in the head.
When I first read of plans recently for Nov. 22, 2013, I thought, “Holy cow. Fifty years.”
It was a watershed day in American history.
I thought about stuff for a while – where I was, what followed on the day, how so many people were affected.
Then I went on as normal.
Then, in short order, my kid sends me some photographs she’s taken in
Kid. She’s a grown woman.
Like my father always reserved a right – “You will always be my boy” (no matter how old) – she’s always my kid.
My kid’s pictures were of the Texas School Book Depository,
My kid wasn’t around in 1963.
The photos threw me. The day was big in my life, but I was unaware she has a fascination.
She says she picked up an interest when she was growing up from reading a Life magazine picture book on our living room bookshelf. There was a section in the book on Kennedy and the ’60s.
She’s read and seen a lot. She’s even read the Warren Commission Report.
“I more recently read Stephen King’s ‘11/22/63,’ a time travel book. EXCELLENT!”
In a way, my path to sitting here traces to the Kennedy assassination.
My university called classes that afternoon. A chemistry teaching assistant came into a qualitative analysis chemistry laboratory and gave the word. I was a chemical engineering major. A buddy and I went to his house and watched the news on TV – the Texas School Book Depository,
My kid says the photo from the road looking back toward the Texas School Book Depository is the spot where the second shot hit.
The shot in the head.
I’ve never been to
Chemistry lab store room. Teaching assistant’s eyes glazing. Radio says Walter Cronkite says President Kennedy is shot. Numbness all around on TV. Questions. Mystery. A stormy, blustery night.
I don’t think back on that a lot.
Fifty years made me remember and sort…
Heck, I got to interview flamboyant showman Liberace first hand in
Liberace had stopped giving interviews because of a palimony mess, but he agreed to talk about the day as an anniversary approached because of the story he wanted tell.
Where was he Nov. 22, 1963? Asleep in a dressing room in a
The assassination raised questions about propriety. Should the National Football League games be played that Sunday? The decision was yes, and on Sunday, Nov. 25, 1963, the Green Bay Packers beat the
By then, another shock had occurred.
Saturday morning, Nov. 24, I was among millions who watched news coverage about the assassination.
Lee Harvey Oswald was being led from
It’s still fresh.
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