eternal flame Wrote:Eternal flame, You might find the Billy Sol Estes story in Spartacus interesting reading. They were swindling in the 20 millions then which is closer to a billion in today's money. It is beyond imagination.Here is the link to the story.
I may not be qualified to speak on this subject, since I have not read the material spoken of. But I did see someone quoting John F. Kennedy, when he said: --- --- "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." Those words have echoed down the halls of History, so I hope they have not acquired any misinterpretation. When JFK became President, in 1961, the USA was just climbing out of many bad years full of bad Wars, especially World War 2 --- and JFK had gone through some terrible times. His father had been Ambassador to England, and got lots of criticism for some of his advice. And JFK had 2 or 3 brothers & sisters killed in that war. And JFK himself was nearly killed when the Japanese torpedoed his PT-109 boat, & he and his crew swam to an island, until they could get help. Jack had severe injuries to his back and had pain problems the rest of his life. Had one back operation that almost killed him while married to Jackie. (That is how I know that all the wicked rumors that were spread by the "right-wing Press" are all False, because Jack could not be doing all the escapades he was accused of, with his physical condition. He had a few close friends that visited him in the White House, and one was a famous publisher, who spoke of how Jack had to take a lot of pain medications all the time, and at night he would be sitting in the TV room, in a recliner situated to be more comfortable for his back. He wore a back brace, as you may remember, & he had it on the day he was shot. He was one of those guys who never tried to get sympathy, & wanted to appear very Macho and strong. He wrote much of his book "Profiles in Courage" while laying in a hospital bed, recuperating from one of his back surgeries. (In it, he wrote about the courage of OTHER men). So with this perspective, you can better understand why JFK was speaking that famous phrase --- "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what YOU can do for your country." He saw 2 or 3 brothers & sisters killed in WW2, & he himself was nearly killed, & left in constant pain. And even after that, he was murdered by a psychopath of the GOP, who was extremely jealous of him, We are even deprived of knowing (for sure) who his assassin was. The SECRET was locked up in CIA records until the year 2039. (Long enough so the culprit would never have to be punished or go to jail. But the latest I have heard, is that those "secret" documents have mysteriously been stolen out of CIA records, so we may never know who did it. (BUT a little CLUE --- those records were stolen during the Presidency of George H.W. Bush, (# 41), who was in CIA himself.
NOW, many people do not remember too much about JFK, and what they have heard may largely be "disinformation" put out by his enemies, --- like how he must have had sex with any female on planet earth, & how Marilyn Monroe was sneaking into the White House, & all kinds of weird psychotic stuff put out by the "right wing" press. But while they are blabbing about all that -- think about how J.Edgar Hoover (GOP - FBI director) was wearing dresses & had a gay lover.
It all was really "strange" back then, and Myths & Legends were made up of gossip and twisted humor. But trying to put all the pieces back together can be a life long pursuit of dedicated journalists and Fans of JFK. They now know that LBJ (who was Vice Pres, under JFK), was obsessed with jealousy & spitefulness & wanted some kind of revenge. (LBJ also ran around with a big bunch of Texas GOP cowboy types, very wealthy gamblers, into OIL & the stock market, & drank most of the time). Being GOP, they would have gladly killed JFK, over a BET or a LIE. And they knew that in Texas, you can get by with anything, you just have to know what bribe to use for which law enforcement. Since LBJ was Vice President for JFK, he had a lot of power, & was respected no matter what he did
But there are times I am overwhelmed with the Tragedy of that time. There was our gallant White Knight, just got elected, a young vibrant new husband & had a baby daughter & son - a War Hero -- who loved Music and Poetry, and let his baby daughter & son play inside the Desk - in the Oval Office. We had a few bad times with Cuba, & with Viet Nam, & Khruschev was often banging his fist. But life was prosperous, we had low unemployment, most people had a home and a car and a job. There was something in the air -- (& not pollution, yet) -- an air of Optimism, & a feeling that ALL WAS WELL. With a wonderful country like this, with such a gallant man at the Helm, it felt like Paradise. What could possibly go wrong? ------ Yeah, what could possibly go wrong? Now I see a grave in a cemetery, with John Kennedy's name on it, --- and an "Eternal Flame" by its side. (Gosh, that is MY name). -- REST IN PEACE. I do remember CAMELOT.