11/22/63 I

I could not not buy 11/22/63 by Steven King. The date that changed America changed many of us who lived it and viewed it. While I am neither a total king fan nor a Kennedy apologist, that day was emblazoned in mind. We heard the news while on a Band Bus from Fort Walton to Tallahassee for a HS football game. The game was played but the halftime show was scrubbed for Taps played by a FSU music faculty member. And America changed gradually from enthusiasm and optimism to anger and nihilism.

“It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small lonely man felled a giant in the midst of his limousines, his legions, his throng and his security. If such a non-entity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd.”  Norman Mailer/Steven King

But it is not a biography or documentary it is a fiction about my favorite topic. Time Travel. I have read only 100 of its 849 pages and am enthralled. It helps me remember the simple pleasures of American life in the 50’s. Such as sweet root beer without preservatives, you HAD to drink it before it spoiled….dang. The small glass was a nickel and the large tankard was a dime. Women were nice and wore hats. Men would joke about silly things and wink.

But it will get more serious soon as the school teacher protagonist experiments with changing history with the goal of saving JFK.