Today, November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the days and weeks leading up to this somber occasion, you’ve probably seen dozens – perhaps hundreds – of news stories both about the legacy of President Kennedy as well as the most minute details related to his tragic death. We encourage our readers interested in these topics to visit Twitter today, as we are quite certain that it will offer as much information as anyone could ever read. Here at Abnormal Use, our own Stuart Mauney is a bit of a history buff. He offers these thoughts on this day:
Where were you when JFK was assassinated 50 years ago today? I was two years old, probably sitting in front of our TV watching “The Three Stooges” or “Captain Kangaroo.” At some point, years later, I became fairly obsessed with the assassination and the Kennedy family. I remember Bobby Kennedy’s body being carried by train after he was killed. I watched intently as Ted Kennedy tried and failed to win the presidency. And, I have read several of the hundreds (thousands?) of books on the JFK assassination. After reading all of that, and watching some of the TV documentaries this week, I have concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman and that there was no conspiracy. There are many unanswered questions and some inconsistencies, but they do not equal a conspiracy by the CIA, Cuba or the mafia to take down our president. Do you agree? Let us know.
There are those of us at Abnormal Use inclined to agree with Stuart. After all, if one places a large historical event under a microscope, inconsistencies are bound to surface. For a truly excellent take on that point, you must watch “The Umbrella Man,” a six minute documentary by filmmaker Errol Morris profiling one of the witnesses in Dallas that fateful day. But, as Stuart requested, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Of course, there are comic books dedicated to the legacy of President Kennedy. Above, you’ll find the cover of John F. Kennedy published by Dell Comics in the mid-1960’s, likely 1964. Below, we have the cover of Personality Comics Presents John F. Kennedy (American Heroes #2), published not so longer ago in 1992.