"The moment that changed America" reads Time magazine's Nov. 25 edition -- speaking of JFK's assassination.
So the conventional wisdom is that news magazines are finished and useless. I suggest you look at Time's two stories by David Von Drehle ("Broken Trust") and Jack Dickey's ("The Debunker Among the Buffs") on what the past 50 years meant in relation to one of the most traumatic memories of recent times. It will perhaps occur to you to call it up on the Internet but this print edition is worth holding in your hands and keeping.
The reporters cited above did the most compelling wind-up of what JFK's assassination caused and how it has produced spates of information for the conspiracy theories still being formulated.
"The suspects" are named -- Lee Harvey Oswald, the "lone gunman," The Warren Commission, Oil-rich Texans who despised Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, the Mafia, the CIA, Castro and on and on.
And we are told about a new book a minute. My own tendency is to use Lamar Waldron's newest "The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination: The Definitive Account of the Most Controversial Crime of the 20th Century." (Counterpoint books, http://www.counterpointpress.com, distributed by Publisher's Group West.) Waldron's is a theory I believe in, about how the New Orleans godfather, Carlos Marcello, had the president killed, working with his mob ally, Tampa godfather Santo Trafficante ... all this from Marcello's own words, uncensored FBI files and many FBI informants and agents. And it follows the connection of Lee Oswald, David Ferrie, Jack Ruby, as well as the CIA's attempts to kill Fidel Castro. This is really riveting stuff and Waldron is authentic, possibly a fanatic, but a considerable researcher. This is the most trust-worthy -- to my way of thinking -- of the conspiracy theories. It also includes info on the murders of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.
Read the book, but be sure you see Time magazine. I also urge you to watch for "Parkland," a feature movie I have mentioned before, which deals with what reportedly happened in Parkland Memorial Hospital that day in Dallas when JFK was rushed into trauma room one, and then again 48 hours later when Oswald was rushed in as well. (The material in this film of Oswald's brother and mother is alone worth the price of admission.) This excellent film was released in October in a limited manner. It is now on DVD. Google "Parkland." Fabulous actors abound in it.
STRIPPED of her bizarre outfits on "Saturday Night Live" (although some of her costumes were funny) -- Lady Gaga revealed herself to be an adept comic performer in what was probably the most amusing "SNL" in quite some time. Her opening monologue alone was a scream.
She is truly talented and I respect her right to present herself however she wants. But just as I always pondered (and wrote) that Madonna didn't need to be an aggressive sexual provocateur to impress, neither does Gaga have to get herself up in clothes that disguise her good looks and reduce her in the eyes of many to a somewhat freakish personality.
Of course, just as Madonna never listened to such well-intentioned criticism, neither will Gaga. And considering their success, I guess they're correct to ignore me. (Madonna has just been cited as the Biggest Selling Singles Artist of All-Time. But, Rihanna is expected to overtake The Big M, if the latter continues to sell as she does.)
THE still mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has announced that his Mayor's Fund will accept donations and direct 100 percent of what you give to disaster relief in the Philippines.
The Mayor's Fund cites Operation Blessing International, MAP International, Team Rubicon and the Philippine Red Cross as the organizations most effective.
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City can be reached at 212-788-7794. Call or send donations to 253 Broadway 8th Floor, New York, New York, 10007.
IRELAND BALDWIN, the daughter of Alec Baldwin, has come to his defense in Alec's latest public dust-up with reporters and paparazzi, an event which included some extremely inflammatory language from Alec.
Ireland -- once the object of his temper, via that infamous phone message -- says her dad has "grown a great deal" in tackling his anger management issues and "has a very kind heart." She also insists he is no homophobe.
I adore Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a person. That doesn't mean I adore everything he says or does. I wish he could just walk away from situations like this and zip his lip. And I wish he was not tormented by the press, who are blatantly hoping for, indeed encouraging, just such outbursts. I hope his MSNBC show is not canceled, though it has been suspended for two weeks. (I think Alec is resigned to the show vaporizing.)
We now live in a culture of the forced apology, which, unfortunately, leads to everybody being fired for what they say.
HAS HOLLYWOOD gone blind?! OK, so it was Angelina Jolie's big night at the Governors Awards the other night, justly honored for her humanitarian work. But hands down the most ravishing woman at the event was Raquel Welch, who will not see 70 again. In blazing, figure-revealing red, the star looked jaw-droopingly gorgeous, decades younger than her age and completely like herself -- that is, if she's undergone any "procedures" they have been masterfully done. What a woman! And such a woman should be working on TV, in feature films and on stage.
Maybe the lovely Rocky needs more aggressive representation?
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)
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Even after 50 years, JFK conspiracy theories abound
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