Dallas - January 2, 2014
Pierre Houde is a man of many interests and passions, one of which, in addition to sports, broadcasting and aviation, is delving into history. On our trip to Dallas, the RDS vet was gracious enough to lead members of the Canadiens' media team on a tour of all things JFK, offering up his unique expertise, insight and explanations into the events surrounding the assassination of the 35th American president on November 22, 1963 in the Lone Star State.
The Texas School Book Depository (now the Dallas County Administration Building) is a must-visit if you ever find yourself in Big D. It was here, from a sixth floor window on the southeast corner of the building, that employee Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed one of the most beloved figures in American history. Situated on the northwest corner of Elm and North Houston Streets, it also houses the Sixth Floor Museum of assassination-related exhibits.
A pair of X's on Elm Street show visitors the locations where JFK was shot. Interestingly enough, the markings themselves are not done by city, nor does the city know who does it. The X's were reportedly removed by Dallas street workers ahead of ceremonies conducted back in November to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination, but they eventually returned a short time later.
There are many conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination, one of which suggests that Oswald did not act alone on that fateful day. Some people believe a second shooter was hiding on Dealey Plaza’s grassy knoll behind a picket fence as JFK’s motorcade made its way through the streets of Dallas. Oswald might have fired the initial shot before another shooter opened fire from this particular location.