I posted this on my facebook, thought it was worth posting here:
Where you 50 years ago today when JFK was assassinated? I just went out for dinner this week to celebrate a 67th birthday with a group of guys that go back to junior high school, and remained friends since. We all grew up together and I met them my first day in school, in California, in 1960. 3 of us were in the same English class in the 10th grade, when at about 11am, the principal announced over the intercom, JFK had been shot and killed in Dallas. It was one of the few moments in life you can remember exactly where you were when it happened. We lost our innocence on that day, my generation was on a path to what was about to follow, and we were the generation to deal with a unusual time.
JFK was an event that altered the course of my generation, not to mention the entire country, altering history of events leading up to today. How one person can alter the course of history so profoundly, as my generation was being primed now for the eras to come, particularly the Viet Nam War now in the hands of LBJ. By the end of the decade we walked on the moon and returned a vision of JFK, but were in the height of the war, the draft, civil rights movements, the hippie movement, had seen the assassination of RFK and Martin Luther King. The country was now divided in an old post WW2 mindset, and a generation who rebelled against that way of thinking. Brewing was Nixon and Watergate into the 70's, Ford and Carter to follow. Can anyone imagine how the course of history would have been had JFK served his 2 terms, and RFK was ahead of Nixon in the 68 election, how those years, as well as the following decades would have been totally different?
This is the 50th year and we still are not sure of the circumstances to JFK, and even today new theories claim the secret service accidental discharge of an AR15 rifle from the car behind, gave the final death shot to JFK. We have lived a lifetime with the JFK Conspiracy theories a part of our lives since that day. Our lives were all profoundly changed on that day, and a new set of circumstances for my generation resulted from that day. Just think how different our lives would have been had this not happened.