Fatigue to the 50th Power: JFK Day Will All Be Over Soon, Right? RIGHT?

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If we say we're sorry, can we get our damn sandwich?
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, anti-depressant-gobbling, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz.

At last, Buzz has begun to share some of the emotion driving the city's 50th anniversary celebration of the Kennedy assassination. (Official motto: "Yep, still dead.")

Sadness. Anger. Crushed dreams.

Thanks to ginormous security preparations for the 50th events planned for Friday, it'll be virtually impossible for us to drive from our office to the downtown Omni on Thursday, the only day of the week our fave food truck dishes out some really fine barbecue sandwiches there. This makes us very sad. Thank you, Lee Harvey Oswald, the Mob, Castro, LBJ, whomever. We really look forward to those sammies, you bastard dream-crushers.

Yeah, that's crass and silly, but at least it's an honest emotion, which is more than we've been able to glean from all those tiresome essays flooding the media about Dallas' wounded, guilt-ridden psyche 50 years after what apparently is the only day that matters in the city's history. We read this crap and ask, "Who? Who are all these souls still bearing the burden of The Fateful Day?" Buzz has lived in Dallas 17 years, and not one person we know walks around ready to burst into tears if you say the words "City of Hate." And do you know anyone who, given the slightest choice, would willingly drive downtown Friday? Aren't most of us just so bored with it by now?

Please, Lord, spare us from one more writer blowing wise in some East Coast mag about Dallas' long battle to reconcile its complicity in JFK's death. Here's a news flash for those writers: Treating this city as some sort of anthropomorphized character in the Kennedy drama demeans both the city and Kennedy. We appreciate the fact that it's near the holidays and the media loves nice round numbers like 50 and it's so easy to fill pages with archival photos and reminiscences instead of, say, news. But give it rest.

Mayor Mike Rawlings says he doesn't want the city's ceremony to be about the voyeurism of a murder, which is a good call, seeing how that's not the paying proposition it once was. But the truth is that bloody voyeurism has always been at the heart of Dallas' relationship with the assassination. When Buzz first arrived here, there was a guy offering tours of the motorcade route in an open-air limo just like the one JFK was in when he was shot. You could ride past the School Book Depository and make pretend gunshot sounds. Kew-pow! And there were more guys selling conspiracy newsletters and gruesome photos on the plaza. Their psyches weren't damaged. They were trying to make a buck from tourists stuck downtown.

That's a little tacky, maybe, but it's better than the pious smarminess being ginned up today by a bunch of nostalgia-ridden old boomers who view their generation's place in history as worthy of an Icelandic saga. (Camelot? Oh shut up.) Listen, guys, we know. You remember exactly where you were when you heard Kennedy was shot. You were in school, probably. It was November and you were 11. Assuming nothing in your life in the intervening five decades had any impact at all, we can see how that still haunts you. Our suggestion: Be like Dallas -- the real Dallas, the city that clips along, burying its past as quick as you can say "next new thing."

Look to the future! Like when the sandwiches return next Thurs ... no, wait. That's Thanksgiving. Goddamn history.


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18 comments
evsq
evsq

yea good idea forget the past. That way we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. It doesn't matter who conspired to commit this awful crime. The Reality is we lost the last true American  president 50 years ago. Now we get to enjoy puppets working for corporations, Slowly chipping away our rights and freedoms. hope you like fascism. enjoy your sandwich next week. 

wmxavier
wmxavier

I’ve been looking for the truth about the assassination of JFK and I have a book that, for me, answers big questions I’ve had for a long time:: “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ” by Roger Stone.Stone makes the case that Lyndon Johnson was not only involved in JFK’s assassination, but was in fact the mastermind.The book is in bookstores now and a good write up on it is at http://observer.com/2013/11/who-killed-jfk-roger-stones-new-book-blames-lbj/

Obummer
Obummer

Yo Dallas did not kill JFK. A Communist named Lee Harvey Oswald, and maybe an assistant, killed JFK.

mk_mccln
mk_mccln

I remember exactly where I was when JR was shot. I still think I saw a gun barrel coming out of the linen closet.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Looks like Mother Nature is rolling in right on time to cast the proper pall over the proceedings tomorrow.  

The Hotel ZaZa bar should be hopping.

Lee Harvey's is SOL.

pak152
pak152

lets get this over with so we can start planning for the 60th anniversary, so the city can go repeat the self-flagellation

Lochwoodian
Lochwoodian

I was here in Dallas, 10 years old and at recess. It was an unforgettable moment. I get annoyed sometimes at the press coverage like everyone does, but experiencing that time in Dallas was nothing anyone who was here at that time forgets. I'm sure it seems trivial and wildly overrated to anyone born after 1963 and maybe it is. And maybe history is only meaningful if you've lived it. To dismiss the events here as a bore - I get. But it is an historical event and our city is ground zero for it. I don't agree with how it's being staged, but I'm not sure anything could have been done that would satisfied everyone or anyone. But, I'm glad it's going to be raining - that fits.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Less than 3 years and we can have the 50th anniversary of August 1, 1966 with someplace else in Texas designated the city of hate.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I wonder if they'll let in ride-ups (on a bike)?  

Lee Harvey's has reserved tables.  The Norwegians were in yesterday.  The Brits are landing on Friday.  Should be a good fall back position.

I guess Lee Harvey's will suddenly have an epiphany.  The employees used to tell me the place is NOT named after the shooter but somebody else.

The official record has been amended.  

Oswald now worked in the kitchen (ha!).

I told them to paint an X on one of the picnic tables.

Artistic license.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

It's a bore.  It's like starting the usual steady dose of Christmas carols even before Thanksgiving gets here.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Oh, right , he knows nothing, cares nothing, but what happens if we Google "patrick williams" jfk and look for persons with Clinton/Kennedy connections, hmm?

http://books.google.com/books?id=eJIRgj9LtpMC&pg=PA2363&lpg=PA2363&dq=%22patrick+williams%22+jfk&source=bl&ots=7-KhMIEfhd&sig=dcGjEUcV-qlYJLZctlfgHD3xSrc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lg2NUqbJFqn92QX1zIGYCg&ved=0CEAQ6AEwCTgU#v=onepage&q=%22patrick%20williams%22%20jfk&f=false

Guess Mr. Williams forgot to mention a few things about his past? Hmm?

Lochwoodian
Lochwoodian

I was here in Dallas, 10 years old and at recess. It was an unforgettable moment. I get annoyed sometimes at the press coverage like everyone does, but experiencing that time in Dallas is nothing anyone who was here forgets. I'm sure it seems trivial and wildly overrated to anyone born after 1963 and maybe it is. And maybe history is only meaningful if you've lived it. To dismiss the events here as a bore - I get. But it is an historical event and our city is ground zero for it.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@JimSX More curious about "Janine Pease-Pretty on Top" as most Native American names have a good story

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Lochwoodian I was born before you, loved the Kennedys, and I was traumatized by the assassination.  But enough is enough.

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