I thought that 11/22/63, a book that I heard Stephen King was writing a few years ago, would make for good reading. In short a US teacher learns he can travel through time, and wonders if he might be able to stop the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
Now I’ve learned that the book has been adapted into a TV mini-series, that will be broadcast on 15 February, possibly only in the US though. That I would like to see, nonetheless.
Stabilised, panoramic, High Definition footage of Abraham Zapruder’s film of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, by Antony Davison.
I also found this article last week about Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, who it is said, as a teenager, used to fire rounds from the apartment block where he lived in the Bronx, in New York City, at neighbouring buildings, with a low-powered air gun.
An interesting addition, to say the least, to what is known about Oswald.
John McAdams, a US professor of political science, seems to be one the few people, anywhere, who believes that the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy was the undertaking of one person, namely Lee Harvey Oswald, who was acting alone.
A few hundred of McAdams’s usual antagonists had traveled to Pittsburgh to hear the likes of Oliver Stone and Cyril Wecht assail the Warren Commission, the blue-ribbon panel Lyndon Johnson charged immediately after the assassination with uncovering the truth. In September 1964, the panel fingered Oswald as the gunman whose bullets, fired from a 6.5mm Carcano rifle perched on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, had wounded Texas Gov. John Connally and killed Kennedy. No outsider had influenced him; he acted alone. Case closed, as one well-known book would put it later.
I’ve often made reference to the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy here, though I don’t quite know why the matter interests me as much as it does, considering it happened before I was born, and I’ve not even visited the United States, let alone lived there.
Nonetheless this account of the events that played out on Air Force One, the US President’s official aircraft, in the hours following Kennedy’s death, that include, among other things, the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson, still makes for fascinating reading:
Back in the communications shack, Swindal hears the first in a series of puzzling radio calls. The Secret Service agents refer to one another by code names, all starting with D. “Dusty to Daylight,” the radio crackles. “Have Dagger cover Volunteer.” Dagger, Swindal knows, is a laconic agent named Rufus Youngblood, a thirty-nine-year-old native of Georgia. Volunteer is the code name for Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson. The radio suddenly drops out. Swindal worries that President Kennedy’s notoriously tricky back has leveled him – he was wearing his cumbersome brace when he left the plane – and the motorcade, on its way to the Dallas Trade Mart for a luncheon, has needed to stop. Outside on the tarmac, radio operator John Trimble is stretching his legs when a member of the White House Communications Agency, listening to the same Secret Service feed on his portable radio, waves him over. He tells Trimble that someone in the presidential motorcade has been hurt. The plane needs to be readied for takeoff immediately. “My first reaction was that one of the Secret Service agents had fallen from a car,” Trimble says later.
Two shooters may have fired on US President John F. Kennedy the day he was killed in November 1963, but rather than being on the grassy knoll, the second may have been in the vehicle directly behind Kennedy’s… the Secret Service escort vehicle, to be precise.
According to former Australian police officer turned crime writer, Colin McLaren, who has spent four years studying the assassination, a hungover Secret Service agent, who had been issued with a gun he was not familiar with, may have accidentally fired on Kennedy, while attempting to return fire in the direction of the first shot.
Addressing the crowd, McLaren claimed that Hickey and other Secret Service agents were out partying the night before Kennedy’s fatal motorcade drive through Dallas. Based on his painstaking investigation, McLaren said, evidence suggests Hickey was not qualified to use the weapon he was holding the morning of the shooting. “It was his first time in the follow car, his first time holding the assault weapon he was using,” McLaren said. Producers said the film’s theory is that shots rang out, and Hickey grabbed his weapon to return fire. When his car stopped suddenly, Hickey accidentally discharged his weapon – making him the second shooter, the film’s investigators and producers alleged.
McLaren’s claims are the subject of a TV documentary, JFK: The Smoking Gun, that will screen in the US and Australia in early November.
This detail has piqued the interest of those studying the shooting, given the weather was fine on the day, prompting many to ask why the man was carrying an umbrella in the first place.
Footage of Kennedy’s motorcade, filmed by Abraham Zapruder, and photos taken by others, show the man opening and closing the umbrella seconds before the president was shot, leading to speculation he had some sort of involvement in the killing.
If it is ever emphatically proven there was more to the assassination of Kennedy – that is, there was a conspiracy – rather than a solitary guy with a cheap rifle whose aim was good, I doubt then we’d ever fully understand what happened, given the number people who have since been found to be potentially complicit.
Tague says it was “a pure accident” that he was close enough to JFK in Dealey Plaza to be hit by a bullet meant for the president. On that November day, Tague was only vaguely aware that Kennedy was visiting Dallas, and had no interest in viewing the motorcade. He had a noon luncheon date in downtown Dallas with the woman who would later become his wife and was running late. Just before 12:30, he hurriedly pulled off of Stemmons Freeway onto Commerce Street, driving under a triple underpass. Just as he emerged from the underpass, there was a line of cars stopped directly in front of him. Tague put his vehicle into park, walked out of the car and stepped into history.
Despite his best efforts, Tague has been unable to put the event behind himself – which he has now spent years studying – and will shortly publish a new book on the assassination, in which he claims to have discovered who was really behind the shooting.
The interviews were held in Kennedy’s home in Washington in the spring of 1964, with the historian and Kennedy family friend Arthur Schlesinger Jr acting as interlocutor. According to Hyperion, the president’s widow talks with rare intimacy about her married life in the White House; how she came to see her role as first lady develop during almost three years in the role; her husband’s early political campaigns and handling of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962; and his ambitions in office should he have won a second term.
The almost forgotten tapes have spent the last 45 years in high security storage at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
WeChooseTheMoon.org – goes live at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, 90 minutes before the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It will track the capsule’s route from the Earth to the Moon, ending with the moon landing and Armstrong’s walk – in real time, but 40 years later.