Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK 50 years ago...

Today, the country remembers a tragedy from 50 years ago.  I have been engrossed in all the television specials commemorating the assassination of a President so many years ago.  I think this is such an important time, because this is the last "big commemoration" where we will be able hear from the aging doctors, reporters, secret service agents, etc. who have such intimate knowledge of the events from November 22, 1963.

For so many of us, we only know these dark days of our history from stories told by our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.  For me, I know my Mom talks about sitting in her elementary school class and hearing the announcement.  She talks about how terrible they all felt because the President had been killed in Texas.  My great-grandmother always told how she heard the news while she was in the beauty salon getting her hair done because they were suppose to be attending an event with Kennedy that night.  Everyone has their own stories...
I toyed with the idea of trying to get tickets to the big Dallas event today, but it was a real pain in the butt to register for the possibility of getting one of the 5,000 tickets.  The weather is so terrible today, I'm glad that I can just watch on television from the warmth of my home.  I have thought today about how different history would have been if the weather 50 years ago would have been the same as the weather today.  

I recently saw the movie "Parkland"

It is still at the theaters, but it is also available on iTunes.  I thought it was very good.  If you are interested in the Kennedy story, this is a great film.  It has a really great cast too: Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, Zac Ephron as Dr. Jim Carrico, Marcia Gay Harden, as a Nurse at Parkland, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, & Ron Livingston as FBI Agent James Hosty.

 

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