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Franklin bifocals Sunday, November 22, 2009

Novelist George Eliot
[1819 - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans),
novelist, born at South Farm, Arbury,
near Nuneaton, England]

General de Gaulle
[1890 - Charles DeGaulle, Military Leader,
President of France, born in Lille, France]

Aviation Pioneer Wiley Post
[1898 - Wiley Post, aviator, born
in Van Zandt County, Texas]

Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael
[1899 - Hoagy (Hoagland Howard) Carmichael,
songwriter, born in Bloomington, Indiana]

Actor Rodney Dangerfield    Comedian Rodney Dangerfield
[1921 - Rodney Dangerfield (Jacob Cohen), comedian, actor, born in Babylon, New York]

Actress Geraldine Page
[1924 - Geraldine Page, Academy Award-
winning actress, born in Kirksville, Missouri]

President Kennedy in Dallas on 11/22/63
[1963 - President John F. Kennedy is shot in a motorcade on streets of Dallas]

Man of La Mancha playbill    Man of La Mancha Production
[1965 - Man of La Mancha opens in New York, runs for 2,328 performances]

My World Changed

One is frequently exposed to the above picture of the JFK Dallas motorcade. In spite of that exposure and regardless of the 46 years that have passed since that fateful day, I still cannot look upon that scene without tears coming to my eyes. A vibrant Jack Kennedy with that famous smile, so alive and vital; the captivating first lady at his side; a police cordon surrounds them in apparent safety. A moment later, everything is changed.

How can I still feel such a deep sense of personal loss? Why do I continue to experience such overwhelming shame? Is it just that this should not have happened in my country?

All I know is that the emotional content of that event has not faded in my consciousness the way it is supposed to.

William's Whimsical Words:

Johnny, we hardly knew ye.

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