The days of my youth were spent in downtown Dallas, in Deep Ellum and all around the Texas State Fairgrounds. I went to high school right down there, and it was a great landscape for young minds.
I drove that city for all those years, at all hours of the day and night, and worked at The West End Marketplace, a stone’s throw from the book depository building where Oswald made his shot.
It was not, however, until the week before I left for college that, driving through Dealey Plaza with some friends that I realized that this was the road where Kennedy was killed, and there was the grassy knoll. Hundreds of times, I drove that road, used it as a landmark. Never, though, did I make the JFK connection.
It it thus that I’ve been reluctant to report on Jack Ruby’s gun being on the auction as part of Guernsey’s superb Pop Culture Auction, March 15 and 16, in Vegas – only appropriate somehow.
Here’s a link to a story from the Dallas Morning News , via Denton – which used to take 45 minutes to get to and was nothing but open fields on either site of the expressway – about the gun and the sale.
I grew up in Dallas in the 70s, when the city was still smarting from the assasination and, really, nobody talked much about the JFK assasination, and your certainly never ever joked about it. I still wouldn’t.
All the same, it is an important piece of history, and it’s probably going to bring a fair amount of cash. And that’s what’s important, isn’t it?