Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK Assassination, Etc.

One of the saddest figures in the whole saga remains Oswald's widow, Marina. Although she has been married for years to her current husband and lives quietly in Texas, she has spent much of her life in near-seclusion. Although she always maintained what she told the Warren Commission was true and has never been disproven, she has subscribed to the belief that there was a "conspiracy" involving the JFK assassination.

I can't blame her much for wanting to believe that. It's simply too painful to cope with the reality that because you turned down your husband's pleas to relocate with the children to Dallas, you literally changed the course of history.

It's simply too big a burden to bear.

To give her a lot of credit, she has turned down all book and other offers that would have made her rich.

I have utterly no sympathy for former senator Gary Hart who appears to swallow utter nonsense about conspiracy by chiding the media for not "following up" on Cuba, the Mafia, Russia, etc.

That's because, Mr. Hart, there was NOTHING to follow up ON.

Oswald did it. End of story.

Dallas and other cities marked the 50th anniversary today:

Somber remembrances extended from Dallas to the shores of Cape Cod, with moments of silence, speeches by historians and, above all, simple reverence for a time and a leader long gone.

"We watched the nightmarish reality in our front yard," Rawlings told the crowd, which assembled just steps from the Texas School Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired from the sixth floor at Kennedy's open-top limousine. "Our president had been taken from us, taken from his family, taken from the world."

Two generations later, the assassination still stirs quiet sadness in the baby boomers who remember it as the beginning of a darker, more cynical time.

The presidential limo Kennedy rode in when he was murdered was later completely restored and overhauled. It was used by presidents until 1977, when it was retired. It is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

More information about the car is here.

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