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We have a few things to be thankful for

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Back in 1941, President Roosevelt made it official:  it’s the 4th Thursday of November.

In my case, I did not know a thing about Thanksgiving when our family settled here in the fall of 1964.  We landed in Miami and made our way to Wisconsin a week later.  

By mid-November, or roughly two months into our American experience, I saw kids in school putting “turkey posters” about the upcoming holiday.  

I asked my mother.  She had no idea, too.  I asked my father and he said that it was something about “giving thanks”.

Finally, Miss Jones, that grade-school teacher I was blessed with, sat me down and explained the full story, from the ship crossing the ocean, to the landing at Plymouth Rock, to the terrible first winter, and eventually a day to say thanks for surviving it all.

It did not take long for me to get into the Thanksgiving mood.   

We Cubans always had lots of reasons to give thanks.  

We survived communism.  We had a chance to start all over again in the U.S.  Giving thanks for a second chance was something that our family knew quite well.

Today, Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday.  It confirms that this land was settled by self-reliant people who faced adversity and grew stronger.

So I say thanks for everything, from my wonderful parents, brother and sister, wife and three sons, great friends, and all of you who check me out on AT.   I may not agree with all of your comments, but I say thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving and we will go back to the political stuff tomorrow.

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November 22, 2018 at 6:48 am

President Kennedy: It happened in 1963!

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Back in 2013, Dallas remembered the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.  We had large crowds, parades, speeches and personal recollections of that awful day when Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy.

It was probably the last big remembrance of the assassination in Dallas.   

I’m not saying that people will forget what happened in Dallas.  

I’m saying that more and more people will remember it as a historical footnote rather than something that they lived through.    

On the morning that President Lincoln died, someone said that “now he belongs to ages“.  Today, we say that President Kennedy now belongs to historians.  They will analyze his brief presidency and speculate about what would have happened if he had survived or not killed that day.

Would Vietnam have been different?   Would President Kennedy had passed the civil rights legislation that President Johnson successfully completed?   Would VP Johnson have been on the 1964 reelection ticket?  

Historians will take it from here because there are less and less people who remember what they were doing when they got the news that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.


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November 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Posted in US politics