April in Dallas

So I got on a plane yesterday morning and flew to Dallas for a trade show I have to work pretty much nonstop until Saturday when I come home. At my first opportunity, which proved to be at 10:30 p.m. last night, instead of heading back to my hotel after a pre-convention event at the Hyatt Regency, I walked  to a place I’ve known about pretty much all my life. And while I can’t say it’s a location I’ve longed to visit, I knew that one day I would inevitably and somberly pace about Dealey Plaza and stand near where Abraham Zapruder made the world’s most infamous home movie, looking back and forth from the 6th Floor of what was the Texas School Book Depository out along Elm Street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 45 years ago this past November 22.


So I did.


At the steps of the ungainly named John Neely Bryan north pergola concrete structure.


Looking across Elm from the Neely pergola at the grassy knoll and the rear of  Dealey Plaza.


Looking up at the sixth floor window of what was the Texas School Book Depository Building.


The plaque on the corner of the book depository. I was impressed the description included the word “allegedly” in refering to Lee Harvey Oswald as the killer, and not surprised the word had been underscarred over the years by those who believe he was indeed the patsy he said he was.

Anyway, I can’t bore you with much more than my dim photographs at the present as I’ve got to get ready for another big and long day. I’ll probably pay the site another visit before I leave Dallas, preferably during the daytime. Rumor is there’s an event in conjunction with this convention that’s taking place in the Sixth Floor Museum, so hopefully I’ll be able to attend that, too.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."