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Look what I found. Sunday night I was shopping at a grocery store in the Los Angeles area suburb where I live and there was a Dallas newspaper from 50 years ago. Simi Valley is a long way from Dallas, but when I looked over at the newspaper rack and the sign screaming "Where were you?" it took me back! I couldn't buy it fast enough even though it was a lot more expensive than the day it really came out.

This week's 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death has me reading everything Kennedy! My friend Bryce Zabel has a good book out if your interested imagining a world where JFK had survived. It's called "Surrounded by Enemies" and it's pretty interesting. But, the real stuff that's all over the web is fascinating.

An interesting website out there is http://www.jfk50.org/ which starts off with a pretty nifty video. Even The Dallas Morning News has a specially focused website.  All you have to do is Google jfk50 and you could spend days reliving the past, but for me just glancing at that newspaper took me back to a week where there was still a sense on innocence on November 18th, 1963. That is until the sound of gunfire in my hometown cracked the Downtown Dallas air and for days we mourned the death of the 35th President of the United States.

On this day, 5 decades ago, me and my fellow classmates at Benjamin Franklin Jr. High in Dallas went to school, to our morning classes and then to a normal midday lunch. 4 days later, on November 22nd, the President was shot at 12:30pm Dallas time and we would all have what some of my classmates like Cheryl Anthony Johnston and Cathey Gilmore Weigel have called "the lunch period that lasted forever." A lunch period where we sat in the school auditorium watching and listening to news that today is still hard to believe.

News, that displayed in replica form at a California newspaper stand for $4.95 a copy, seemed surrealistic. The headline "Kennedy Slain On A Dallas Street" I know the street. It was in my hometown.

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