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#FridayFlashback : The JFK Files, What’s Left to Know?

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As we await the release of the remaining documents on the JFK assassination investigation and peruse the few pages that have been released, we have gone back through the BookTrib archives and found an interesting piece that asks the one question everyone is hoping the files will reveal: “What is left to know?” This piece from 2013 is certainly fitting for a #FridayFlashback and interesting to boot. “Once upon a time” is how fairy tales begin. Most of the time they end with the prince (maybe he used to be a frog or a particularly arrogant member of the royal family) and the princess (sometimes she had an unfortunate penchant for fruit or severe sleep issues) living happily ever after.…

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#Thursday Thoughts: 39 Inspirational JFK Quotes, One for Each Year He Lived

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Today, the National Archives will release the final documents that outline details of the the John F. Kennedy assassination. In 1963, the 35th President of the United States was gunned down while his motorcade traveled through a Dallas neighbor hood on November 22.  In the years since, many conspiracy theories as to how the assassination happened and who was involved have been the focus of Kennedy’s legacy.  As interesting as these are, the life Kennedy lived is far for fascinating and inspiring.  Today’s #ThursdayThoughts are 39 inspirational JFK quotes about life, leadership, education and poetry— one for each year of his life. Hopefully, they will inspire you as much as Kennedy inspired an entire nation and the world. Change is…

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The Wife Stuff: The Astronaut Wives Club blasts off on ABC

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Which would be more difficult for you: flinging yourself into an unknown frontier on a mission fraught with danger from which you may not come back alive—or sitting by helplessly and watching a loved one do it, able to do nothing but pray for their safe return? For the wives of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, who sat in living rooms and gathered around televisions as their husbands launched the early days of the American space program, this became a kind of pressure few of us can imagine. And these women withstood it under remarkable public scrutiny that saw them transform from regular military spouses to American royalty in the nascent days of television news coverage. Now, their story will…

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12 Things you probably didn’t know about Leonard Nimoy

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We’re going to come right out with it —we loved Leonard Nimoy, and from the reaction we saw on Twitter on February 27 when he passed, you loved him, too. Nerds and blerds, neo-cons and Comic-Cons, LGBT activists and librarians, media personalities and grassroots fans all paid loving tribute to this American icon. Nimoy’s accomplishments are well known, or so we thought. We knew about Star Trek and his early movies and television shows, his directorial triumphs, his passion for photography and his Jewish culture, but surprisingly, there was quite a bit we didn’t know, including: 1. He could read and write fluently in Yiddish. In fact, both Nimoy and  co-star William Shatner were descended from Ukrainian Jews. 2. Nimoy…

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50 years after the Warren Commission Report, a graphic novel sheds fresh light

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Fifty years ago this week, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy—better known as the Warren Commission—released its official finding: an 889-page report asserting that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby similarly acted alone in killing Oswald, who was in police custody and being transferred to a county jail at the time of his shooting. Perhaps the only event in American history as closely scrutinized as Kennedy’s assassination was the report designed to settle all inquiries about the crime. To this day, the debate over whether or not Kennedy died at the hands of a conspiracy involving organized crime, communist agents or our own government still rages, and over…

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