A Sales Call in Dallas…

DallasEveryone alive on November 22, 1963 remembers when they heard the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. I was a young ‘tike’, just shy of my 5th birthday. My parents were backing the car out of our long driveway with me in the back seat sitting behind my dad when we were met by a neighbor from across the street. My father rolled down the window and I heard the words, “The president has been shot”!
The assassination of President Kennedy has captured my attention and curiosity ever since. When the Warren Commission report was released, I borrowed a copy from the local library and read the entire book cover to cover. I was only 7! I’m sure that I was not alone. The assassination of President Kennedy has captivated the attention of our nation ever since, and will probably continue indefinitely. That horrible day in Dallas will was a day that will live in infamy.
A few years back, I attended a sales kickoff meeting in Dallas for a client of mine. When I received my plane ticket I was excited to say the least, but the thing that excited me the most was that it would be my first trip to Dallas, and I might have  chance to visit Dealey Plaza.
The sales kickoff conference I attended just outside Dallas took up most of the day. The sun was setting, and I was starting to feel that I would miss my chance to visit Dealey Plaza.
While chatting with people after the conference had ended, I struck up a conversation with one of the other people at the conference, and we began talking about the assassination of President Kennedy. I mentioned that I really wanted to see Dealey Plaza, but it looked like I was going to miss my opportunity because I was leaving for New York the following day, and it was getting dark outside. That’s when my new friend offered to take me right away.
We hurried out of the hotel parking lot and onto the freeway that lead to the city of Dallas. As we drove, I couldn’t help but think of the similar ride that President Kennedy took that fateful day. Our car maneuvered it’s way around the downtown streets of the city of Dallas, and off in the distance I could see the old Texas School Book Depository. I was about to experience history firsthand.
We parked the car, and I got out and walked around the front of the Book Depository building and looked up at the window where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots at the President on November 22nd. I had an eerie feeling. Even more eerie was the fact that there was practically no one on the street, or anyone in Dealey Plaza. It was late evening, the street lights were starting to come on, and the only sounds I heard were those of the cars passing through Dealey Plaza as if nothing special was going on. To me, something special was going on indeed. This was a place of incredible history that will forever etched in the minds of Americans everywhere. Dealey Plaza remains practically unchanged since November 22nd, 1963.
I walked further down the street to the grassy knoll to the right side of where the presidential motorcade passed by, and I examined every inch of that place. I went up to the wooden picket fence where conspiracy theorists claim there was a second gunman. I saw the parking lot behind the fence and then looked out to the street where the president’s limousine drove by. I looked at the line of fire, and saw that it was entirely possible that a second gunman could have shot the president from that vantage point, and could have simply drove away after the fact. Hmmmm. Could there have been a second gunman? We’ll never know for sure, but I doubt it.
After wandering around Dealey Plaza for awhile I could sense that my new friend was anxious to leave, so I handed over my camera and asked to have my picture taken in front of the grassy knoll, and then again in front of the big X that marks the exact spot where President Kennedy suffered his fatal head wound that day. I waited until the passing cars drove by, and out in the street I went to the spot. Posing for my photo felt weird. No… it was creepy!
I’m not sure when a sales call will take me back to Dallas, but I can assure you that I will NOT leave Dallas until I visit Dealey Plaza, and have another chance to take it all in.

No plans to visit Dallas anytime soon? No problem! Check this out – The view of Dealey Plaza from the 6th floor window of the Texas School Book Depository building. The exact same view Lee Harvey Oswald had on that fateful day: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/texas/dallas/dealeyplaza/


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One Response to “A Sales Call in Dallas…”

  1. Chris Brandi Says:

    If you do, take some time to visit the museum. Very interesting. Like your article and all your blogs Pete. Hope you are well.

    Chris Brandi

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