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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Kennedy in the Badger State


Dateline: Dallas, Texas, Nov. 22, 1963. It is once again the anniversary of the most famous assassination of our times. November always brings the conspiracy theorists, the forensics experts, and the Zapruder film back into our living rooms, until we risk remembering the Kennedy era only as violence and funerals. Young people could be forgiven for seeing it as simply a symbol for the death of innocence. But as these Wisconsin photos of the Kennedy's remind us, prior to that November day many Americans sincerely felt a great optimism and idealism. That mood is strikingly evoked in the exquisite Milwaukee Journal photo shown here of JFK at the UW Fieldhouse in 1960. It may be an undeniable fact that innocence dies; but equally undeniable is that hope and determination nevertheless persist. That is, after all, Vince Lombardi's Packers they're watching in the other picture.
:: Posted in Strange Deaths on November 19, 2004
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