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I now know more about the JFK assassination than I ever thought I could.

From the 18th floor of our city view room in the Hyatt Regency/Reunion, we could look down on the entire downtown area of Dallas. With the few hours of spare time we had between NHL All Star events, we went on a foot tour of the immediate area. Since the JFK assassination is the first universal lilfe event marker for both of us, we went in search of Shane's house...

...just kidding. I mean, Dealy Plaza.

It was a scant 3 blocks from the hotel and I have to say, seeing the actual place that is seared into my memory from all that TV news coverage so long ago was very eerie. While the city of Dallas hardly acknowledges the event (there are ZERO markers anywhere in the area to inform you of the significance of the place), there is a very informative museum located on the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository which is the place where Lee Harvey Oswald shot from. Again...you have to know what you're looking for to even find the museum!

If you want the REAL story, however, go talk to the 'street people'. There are between 5 to 10 homeless looking people walking the area who will happily sell you pamphlets, tabloids, DVDs and magazines that will clue you in. I'm sure they were all standing on the Grassy Knoll that day if you ask them. They are well versed in the facts and quickly point out all the pertinent sites such as the grassy knoll, the picket fence, the manhole and of course, the 2 white X marks painted in the middle of Elm as it approaches the 'triple bridge' where the 2 shots hit JFK.

I don't know why but I always assumed that Jackie Kennedy crawled onto the trunk of the limo from confusion or fear but she was actually trying to retrieve a piece of her husband's head.

Like I said...more than I ever thought I could know.

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I remember back in the 70's they cleared the whole area to test the assertion that Lee could not possibly get three shots off with a bolt action rifle in four seconds. I got to watch the whole thing from the 7th floor of the Texas Electric building. They put a Marine marksman (which is what Lee was) up there, drove a Limo down the street, and he put two bullets into the block of gelatin, and one into the watermelon stuck on top of it, in under four seconds with an Italian carbine, just like Lees, or hell, it may have actually been the same gun. The watermelon exploded all over the car, with a nice skull fragment chunk on the deck lid. I was totally shocked by the experience for days. Ever since that day I have been utterly convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald was the only gunman there. The test was later broadcast on a Walter Cronkite special that concluded he was the "lone gunman". It is still shown on the History Channel once and a while.

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