I had not been born yet, so I can not join the many who "remember where" they were when JFK was shot.
It was 50 years ago tomorrow, and it was -and still is - one of those moments in our nation's history that defines us in many ways.
My first real experience with the whole JFK story, came thanks to Oliver Stone and his movie. It was the major controvesy that came of it that pulled me in. Could some of the things beng revealed be believed?
I even own the longer director's cut of the movie.
It didn't hurt that I was (and am) a huge Kevin Costner fan. And I was writing a series of spy novels set in the 1980s. So, this was fuel for my fires on a variety of levels.
As the years have passed, more info has come along, but there are still some pretty stark dividing lines among those who believe in the Lee Harvey Oswald/single gunman theory, and those who believe in a massive conspiracy that we have yet to see all of the clues to.
There are some pretty big questions and holes in the case that was made official by the Warren Commission.
Perhaps we will know the whole story some day.
I spent a couple of hours under the 880 tent this morning at the Ingle's on Haywood Road in West Asheville. I saw some great new faces and met a couple of fans of the Revolution in the process.
It was a nice November morning, with blue skies and a chill in the air (though not enough to keep us from being out of doors.)
Jeremy and I held the fort down, gave away some 880 The Revolution magnets and other goodies on our table, and got to meet and talk with a wide variety of great folks. And the super manager at that Ingles was very nice to offer us coffee and doughnuts! (One half cup of said coffee came in handy when Jeremy used it to put out a brewing trash can fire near us. Oh, the adventure!)
But, trash fires aside, we were there for a good cause. As the Holidays approach, so too does the need increase for many people and families in Western NC. Manna Food Bank and Ingles work very hard to help fight hunger in our area, through their great efforts, and I was proud to be out there showing my support.
It really does give it some perspective, when you think how many people struggle. And it is amazing to think that a lot of people doing a little bit can make a huge difference to a great many people. At Ingles, they ask you if you want to donate $1 for a small cut-out that you can put your name on for display in the store. One dollar. Not much at all. But enough people giving $1, adds up.
As well, at my house, we've taken a name from the Giving Tree, to help a 6 year old in our community, who may not have much of a Christmas this year. We're going to make sure that there's a little light in his holidays. The sad part is, that there will be names left on the Giving Tree by the end of the season. And I wonder about those who are left behind.
I wish I could personally do more. And maybe, by sharing this with some of you, I can by encouraging others to do likewise.
Remember: a lot of people doing a little bit can make a huge difference to a great many people.
I love finding new fans/listeners out there. And, man, oh man, did I find one recently online!
Peter C moved here from the West and found the show upon his arrival, after a nationwide drive of listening to endless rightwing radio.
Peter is an interesting character, whom I have gotten to know in the past week over email and facebook. Impossible to describe in short, simple characteristics, Peter is quite possibly one of the most dynamic and bombasticly passionate people I've encountered in a while.
He sent me a long email, that he later revised and wanted to share. I felt like it was a worthwhile topic, and am planning to share it later in the show today (around 5).
In the meantime, I thought I would copy and paste it here for you to experience the experience that is my new friend Peter C!
Jeff! I just moved to Asheville not more than a few weeks ago. I am happy to be safe and snug within the comfort of THE REVOLUTIONS radio frequency! U would not BELIEVE what I did willingly subjugate myself to while driving. Nothing but AM radio!! I drove for 15 days, taking the scenic route, 3,400 miles with 2 cats in the back. By the time I hit AMARILLO, I had completely blown a gasket and found myself standing with a bunch of the toothless peasantry of America, standing under an overpass holding a sign.
They were following the FATWAH issued by AM radio hosts, the same ones that kept popping up on my lonely drive. HANNITY was encouraging people to gather en masse in preparation for a MASS MARCH on DC where the TRUCKERS were going to ‘SHUT DOWN THE BELTWAY,’ YES- all over the Affordable Health care act! They were so INCESSED, from all that listening to of THE SAVAGE NATION, Hannity, MEDVED and the completely overfed RUSH. They held signs that said HONK IF YOU HATE OBAMA and TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY. My sign said HONK IF YOU HATE HONKING. No one seemed to notice.
I have heard, and I don’t know if this is true but I believe YOU, in talk radio, may; that the REASON this HATE SPEECH is heard on 90 percent of AM stations is NOT because of TALENT, as RUSH boasts constantly. If that were true, then I would be able to hear YOU, coast to coast. MEDVED, par example- has utterly NO passion, much less talent and he BRAGGs about being on over 500 stations! So he MUST be loved and revered as the barometer of the public discourse, right? WRONG. I know the reason. It is merely because his show is OFFERED FOR FREE.
All you need now, since CLINTON deregulated radio in the mid 90’s is an antenna in the ground and a frequency. LOCAL radio station owners, instead of having to pay TALENT a paycheck, opt to beam up to the SATELLITTE where the hosts of those shows let u broadcast them for free. This goes to explain why commercials comprise HALF, that is 30 full minutes of the broadcast hour! (When I was on air at WBCN Boston in the 80’s the limit was 8 minutes!) Half the ads go to the HOST and the other half is sold locally. It’s win/win except for the LISTENERS left to endure all those wretched ads!
You tell me. If we could have a frank and candid discussion of WHY these freaky Tea Party fundamentalist programs are so omnipresent- perhaps we can take one small step in exposing these snake oil salesman for what they truly are, FRAUDS with a HORRIFYING agenda! and one GIANT STEP FOR SANITY, NOT Hannity!!