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Random 10/14/12


Random stuff:

  • I couldn’t find my second boarding pass today. I looked for a few minutes before I realized that I had only one boarding pass, because I had a direct flight.
  • A client co-worker from several years ago bumped into me in the airport. She looks well. Her division was sold off after I finished working there, and she’s now working for the same group of people, just owned by a different company now. She feels underutilized, unchallenged. I suggested she try consulting, because I think she’d be good at it. She demurred. We chatted for a few minutes, then parted ways. I will have to look her up again sometime.
  • Arlen Specter, former US senator from Pennsylvania, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (a type of cancer of the blood’s white cells). He had been a Republican senator for 30 years (five six-year terms) starting in 1980, and therefore was a poster child for the need for term limits. I watched with amusement when he switched parties in 2010 to run for a sixth term as a Democrat, then lost in the Democrat primaries to Democrat Joe Sestak. (Sestak was then defeated in the election by Republican Pat Toomey.)
  • I did not know that Specter served on the Warren Commission in 1964, which investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Dallas Texas School Book Depository building.  Of those three shots, one missed the president’s limousine completely, one struck both Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally, and the third shot hit the President in the head, killing him. Arlen Specter co-authored the Magic Bullet Theory, which stipulated that one bullet hit Kennedy in the throat, passing through him to then hit Connally in his back, break his fifth rib, exit his chest, hit his right arm and shatter his right wrist, then enter his thigh and stay there (causing a total of 2 wounds to Kennedy and 5 wounds to Connally). The Magic Bullet was found on Connally’s gurney at Parkland Hospital later, where it was presumed to have fallen out of his thigh when hospital staff undressed him for surgery.
  • It was very important, at the time, that the Warren Commission should conclude that Oswald was the lone assassin, and the Magic Bullet Theory was critical to that conclusion. Any other conclusion would have admitted the existence of a conspiracy, which would have been damaging to the government and to the populace’s faith in it.
One Comment
  1. 2012-10-15T11:04:48-04:00 11:04

    It’s not fair that even at crowded airports we’re forced to run into people we know.


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