Sunday, November 24, 2013

Death Takes Three and Other Tales

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

It was an historical coincidence of sorts.   That day fifty years ago when President Kennedy died - November 22, 1963 - also saw the demise to two literary giants.   Novelist and Christian philosopher C.S.Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and numerous others) died in London shortly before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley (Brave New World and others) met his mortal end in Los Angeles a couple of hours after the assassination.

That same day an up-and-coming tennis star by the name of Billie Jean King was celebrating her twentieth birthday.

A day later, November 23, 1963, witnessed the premier of the British science fiction television classic, Dr. Who.  The first episode was so swamped by news of the Kennedy assassination, the the BBC re-ran it a week later just before airing episode number two.  The series ran through 1989 before being cancelled.  It was brought back in 2005 and is still being broadcast to this day.

And less than three months after the assassination, on February 7th, 1964, the Beatles arrived in America.

The world was changing.  It felt like a time warp of Dr. Who proportions!

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