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Postcard from Dealey Plaza

dealey plaza offers stirring trip back in time

It’s one of those places that each time you visit, you learn something new or realize you missed an important exhibit on a previous stop.

Any year now, I have to believe those at the Texas School Book Depository will tackle the question of whether Jerry Seinfeld’s “Magic Loogie Theory” proves there was a second spitter aiming for Kramer and Newman outside Shea Stadium, and that Keith Hernandez is not the one who delivered the fateful strand of saliva.

For now, touring the sixth floor of the building where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot John F. Kennedy remains a fascinating trip back to that November day in 1963.

The self-guided tour takes you through Kennedy’s presidency and, in detail, his trip to Texas that led to the assassination.

White Xs are painted on Elm Street where shots hit Kennedy in his motorcade as it traveled through Dealey Plaza. To the right is the famous grassy knoll, where on any given morning — like Tuesday — you will find several people selling pamphlets for $5 that outline all the conspiracy theories that arose following the president’s death 50 years ago.

The lines to enter the book depository still are long.

Several days of the tour still sell out annually.

But don’t believe everything you read or watch on television: Hernandez was the only spitter.

Roger McDowell was nowhere in sight.


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