11/22/63 — What would the world be like if JFK had not been killed?

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Stephen King has a new book called “11/22/63” in which someone is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of American President John F Kennedy.  What an interesting concept!

What would the world be like to today if JFK would have lived and served out his full term?  Or a second term?  And Bobby Kennedy had lived?  And Dr. King?  Those three assassinations were defining moments in my young life.  I remember all of them vividly.

I would like to think that the world would be a better place, that civil liberties would have taken a giant step forward.  That our race riots of the 60s and 70s would have never happened.  I would like to think that Vietnam would have wound down more quickly.

I would like to think that the best of things of the 60s and 70s would have gotten even better, and the bad things never happened.   That we could all have lived in that Kennedy Camelot for a lot longer.

Can you imagine what Kennedy’s speech would have been like if he had been the one to announce that we had landed on the moon instead of Walter Cronkite?  What other grand initiatives could he have spurred us to champion?  We’ve been to the moon, created reusable vehicles for getting us to the international spacestation, and many people are planning to go back to the moon, maybe on holiday this time.  Cruises to the cosmos instead of the Caribbean.

Where were you when Kennedy died?  If you are too young on remember, what did you learn about him in school?

If you could rewrite history for the last fifty years, what would you change?

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