Friday, November 22, 2002
Thirty-nine years ago today, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas by either a lone gunman firing from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository building, or by a team of snipers including a gunman behind the fence on the grassy knoll, or blanks were shot into the air and Kennedy then made a secret escape to the hills above Buenos Aires, where he lived to old age in anonymity and seclusion. I've never really formulated my own beliefs on the assassination; I find the idea of a conspiracy seductive, but the case is not entirely convincing. (Of course, the case for a lone gunman is not entirely convincing, either, which is the whole problem anyway.)
The Kennedy assassination is one of history's greatest "What if" moments, as in, "What if things had happened differently?" What if Kennedy had survived? Would Viet Nam still have happened? Would Nixon's rise to power have occurred? I don't know, but it's interesting to consider the possibilities.