People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>
One of the greatest disservices Jack Ruby did when he killed Lee Harvey Oswald was unleash a neverending stream of conspiracy theories ranging from insane to slightly-less-insane. Most of these are benign, and in their own way entertaining; some, like deranged Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Ga ... More >>
Right now the world is full of Kennedy nostalgia and tons of stuff you can see linked to the day President John F. Kennedy and company drove past the Texas Book Depository in downtown Dallas. The 50th anniversary is upon us, and while it might feel a wee bit on the morbid side to be so focused on th ... More >>
Almost 50 years ago, as the media is constantly reminding us lately, JFK was assassinated. There is a veritable cottage industry of movies, books, TV shows and specials surrounding his assassination, never mind two government inquiries: the Warren Commission and the Select Committee (1978). Whether ... More >>
In case you hadn't heard yet this month -- and if not, you will hear it a lot in the next couple of weeks -- John Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. The night before he met his fate in Dallas, he was in Houston and stayed at what was then the Rice Hotel ("Houston's Welcome to the World" was its ... More >>
We're rolling up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, so of course everyone in possession of items with any tie whatsoever to the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is coming out of the woodwork and popping their stuff up on the auction block. We all know about the in ... More >>
The film on the momentous event fails to rise to the occasion.
As we roll up to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a lot of weird stuff keeps getting brought up and it seems like everything that was ever even slightly related to the president, Jackie, or his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is up on the auction block. The frenzy of merchandising and tra ... More >>
JFK assassination conspiracy theorists probably felt a pang of disappointment when the New York Times revealed the (non)-mystery behind the curiously monikered grave marker beside Lee Harvey Oswald's grave in Fort Worth. For 15 years, conspiracy theorists and pilgrims to Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery h ... More >>
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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. There have been dozens of reas ... More >>
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 >>
Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.
"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 At our day job, we have a small s ... More >>
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 >>
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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. Bullock and his partner forced their way in ... More >>
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 >>
The world is full of conspiracy crackpots who believe JFK was not killed by Lee Harvey Oswald alone (or at all). The thing is, they usually aren’t college researchers. But three faculty members of Texas A&M have been honored with the American Statistical Association’s 2008 Statistics in Chemist ... More >>
The demand for sugar-sweetened Dublin Dr Pepper has never been higher — just ask the bootleggers
The name Magic Bullets at first had me excited because I thought they may be some JFK assassination-themed band. You know, with a tatted-up Lee Harvey Oswald doppelganger on bass or something. But instead I got really chilled-out Scot-Pop ditties from San Francisco. Magic Bullets do a very lush jan ... More >>
Not only is tomorrow the day before Black Friday, the retail apocalypse, it’s also the 44th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Yes, it was November 22, 1963, a sunny day in Dallas, when about a million conspiracy theories were born. Some involve the Mafia, the Cubans, the Russians, the military ... More >>
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