Stephen King and President Kennedy
Picture this: It’s 1963.
The stage is set.
It’s a beautiful morning in Dallas, Texas. The birds are singing at the top of their lungs. The sky is the bluest Texas is gonna give ya. It’s 71 degrees out and a little windy. People are scurrying around like nobody’s business. People are getting ready for their Thanksgiving preparations. Families are having the time of their lives spending it with one another. On Elm Street, downtown Dallas, thousands of people are standing, sitting on the sidewalks waiting — just waiting.
Cameras are out. People are milling around waiting for something to happen while millions more are at their homes watching, “As the World Turns.” Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves. With the exception of one man. A man that could change the world like it has never been changed before. Everything is riding on this one man. Will he or won’t he do it? At 12:30, he made his decision.
CBS news interrupted the soap opera, “As the World Turns” with Walter Cronkite’s voice stating this: “Here is a bulletin from CBS News. In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.” Then: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash — apparently official — President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.”
Today is November 22. The year again is 1963. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by the hands of one man in Dallas, Texas. The world mourns over the loss of a great man. For 48 years, we have mourned the death of a great president, and we will always remember what happened on that horrific day.
Present Day: It’s 2011.
The stage is set.
It’s a clear crisp day. The world is spinning. The ground beneath their feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 mph. Until it all stops. Dead. Nothing is happening. Well, for one man, it may feel like it is. For this one man has made a decision. A decision that could result in good or it could turn out bad for the whole world and for the rest of their lives. He has asked himself four questions — Is it really possible? What if something goes wrong? What kind of change would it give the real world? And, Is it worth it? Who wouldn’t want to change history? Make it better, make it more pristine. One man has that chance. One man could make it all different in just two minutes. If you have found out that there is a time portal in one’s pantry and no it is not a Big Blue Box that travels anywhere, but a staircase where you can go to Sept. 9, 1958, and always that date, and has the chance of changing the most horrific event in history, would you do it? Stephen King did. Well, with a little help from Jake Epping of course, but he has been to the past and what a decision he must make. Jake Epping just found out that he could not only go back in time and change the course of that year, but also the life of John F. Kennedy. He could save the man from dying and he could change the outlook of life for the people. The grandmaster of storytelling invites you to go down the rabbit hole with him and blend history and fantasy to see if something could have been done. A must read!!!
I'm sorry, I know it's clichè but seriously, wow. Stephen King has done it again. We all know how wonderful Stephen King is with his Carrie, his Christine, Shining and so many other great horror books but this 11/22/63 is just amazing.
And not his typical kind of book to write. This has time travel people!!!!! Sci-fi?!?! Stephen King? But that's right. Stephen King has always wanted to do something about the Kennedy assassination and here it is folks. I also found it interesting that they chose to do a mini-series, not just a movie on the book. Which I guess if you think about it, that book is VERY thick and a lot of information that might have been missed if made into a movie. The main character is starred by James Franco and you can see it on Hulu. I can't, but you could!
Hope you all enjoy.
I don't even know why I'm writing a section about the author. I mean who hasn't heard of STEPHEN KING?!?! Oh you haven't? Well, come over my child and let me educate you.
Stephen King is one of the most talented horror/thriller author since Edgar Allan Poe. King makes you think. King makes you realize that "the monsters and ghosts are real, they live inside us, and sometimes, they win." King also makes you want to hide underneath the covers while reading his books. But we still love his amazing, messed up mind!!!
If you haven't read a Stephen King book yet, go to your local Library and check one out. I would start with Christine if you are Car person like myself. If not, then try out Carrie. We have been waiting!!!!
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