Yesterday was the 54th year since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. When it happened back on November, 22, 1963, I thought that – forever – it would be remembered, surely each year we would all pause for a moment. But, really, that hasn’t been the case these last few years.
Books and films did come earlier and, of course, there are still the news reports. And, too, there were the ‘anniversary’ date specials. I remember wondering, after the 50th, if the next one would be 50 years later, when we would be looking 100 years back.
And had the whole matter of the controversy – who was the responsible party – been put to rest, or was it simply that 50 years of that discussion had outlasted any interest in it. Perhaps there had been a coordinated campaign to so discount the alternative theories to Lee Harvey Oswald being the sole assassin that there was nothing more to be said. Even after all these years, with more and more of the witnesses to the event gone under suspicious circumstances, there seemed to be little to stop the memory from fading.
But then the mandated deadline for the release of the 30,000 plus documents – those that were 50 years old, and a large portion of which contributed to the Official Report of what really happened – via the Warren Commission – loomed… and interest spiked, dramatically.
And, too, with our increased distrust of who is controlling the news, and (for the moment) our ability to widely distribute our own views and the results of our own investigations, there has been more conversation on the matter than many in the government were willing to tolerate. In fact, they pressed heavily to halt the release and, to date less than half of the documents have actually been made available to us.
We, here, at the Los Angeles Free Press, are interested as to when the photo – the Moorman photo – the one that you now see on our Front Page – of 50 years ago(!) – will be among the remaining 17,000 documents put in our hands.