On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot down by Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being driven through the streets of Dallas. Two days later, Oswald himself was killed at the hands of nightclub operator Jack Ruby as he was being transferred to a county jail.
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Today is officially Lyndon Baines Johnson Day here in the state of Texas. The late 36th president's birthday was hallowed in his home state after he died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 64. He would have been 104 today.
Johnson ascended to the presidency from the vice-presidency aft ... More >>
"When Jen and I moved to Texas multiple people told us not to do it 'because they killed Kennedy.' The JFK assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby etc. - it seems to be to be a metaphor for the start of all the madness around us."
- Fiskadoro's Richard Kimball
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Texas gives to the world, and eventually the people who do the giving die. Such was the case in 2011, when at least nine notable Texans joined the Choir Invisible, the Great Majority, the dead.
Without them, there would no Weed-Eaters, and perhaps the greatest college football/politician scandal ev ... More >>
Scott Weiland is just a patsy...A few weeks back I applauded Scott Weiland's Christmas album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for it's charming weirdness. It had his signature raspy Stone Temple Pilots baritone, a modern Bing Crosby vibe, and just the right amount of creep to at least wa ... More >>
ericalessandrini.blogspot.comOsama bin Laden is dead.
Following a late dinner at Van Loc Sunday, Rocks Off was a block or two away from Leon's Lounge when a friend texted us the news around 10 p.m. When we entered the bar, our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean's daughter in the military had just ... More >>
Photo courtesy Nate D. Sanders AuctionsOswald's coffin could be under YOUR Christmas treeForget trying to fight the crowds at Ikea or Toys R Us. Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin is for sale!!
No, don't be so ghoulish -- you don't get the one he's buried in now. This coffin is the utterly unghoulis ... More >>
howstuffworks.tlc.comRocks Off does not go to actual parades because we'll be damned if we'll waste clean pants on something that doesn't involve booze or Harry Potter, but we always make sure to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the teletube.
We are, however, getting a little sick ... More >>
Also an FBI informant, but not on our listPretty shocking news via the Memphis Commercial Appeal this morning that Ernest Withers, the well-known photographer of the Civil Rights movement who was seen as a trusted friend byt its leaders, was an FBI informant.Because, you know, Martin Luther King ... More >>
Photo courtesy of YelpA few months ago Texas Traveler visited the always-interesting Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the "official" account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. It's definitely worth going to if you're interested in any way in American history or politics, but maybe y ... More >>
So maybe, like Texas Traveler, you're exiled to Dallas for a business conference, or an extra-long layover at DFW airport, or relocated for work and have no idea how to pass the time. Well, Texas Traveler has a few ideas, some off the beaten path, and some right smack square in the middle of it.6 ... More >>
At first, it seemed like a routine call to Houston cop C.M. Bullock. On June 23, 1965, a concerned relative of elderly couple Fred C. and Edwina Rogers had asked the police to check on the couple, as they hadn't been answering the phone for a few days.
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Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up, we were big fa ... More >>
Since Dr. Joe retired as Harris Countys chief medical examiner, the morgue itself has been undergoing a critical examination. Whats been uncovered botched postmortems, illegal tissue-harvesting, double-dipping pathologists reveals a county office thats op