Day 3:   Checking out the 6th Floor

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Waking at a reasonable time, the Boys were keen to break their fast since they really did not have dinner the night before (not counting State Fair beers !) Bone knew of a great restaurant that we located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood right off of Downtown.


Deep in Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is a funky, collection of dilapidated buildings painted in psychedelic colors with art galleries, pubs, and great restaurants like Cafe Brazil.  Since 1991 Cafe Brazil has pioneered a restaurant concept where you could enjoy a great breakfast and specialty roasted coffees from around the world in a smoke-free, eclectic, relaxing and fun setting. Bone had been there many times and knew Mike would appreciate the food and ambiance.

Sated, the Boys turned to a building that they had walked past many times that weekend. A building that that focused the Nation's attention on that fall afternoon on November 22nd, 1963. A building that evoked the Nation's rage and and raging controversy that exists to this day... the Texas Book Depository !!!!

Drinking a Cup a Joe at Cafe Brazil !

Studying the Texas Book Depository !

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository). The museum examines the life, times, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. It is located at the very spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald, according to four government investigations, killed Kennedy. The museum's exhibition area uses historic films, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the reports by government investigations that followed, and the historical legacy of the national tragedy. The museum is self-sufficient in funding, relying solely on donations and ticket sales. It rents the space from the County of Dallas, Texas.   The museum opened its doors on Presidents' Day, February 20, 1989. The museum is located in the old Texas School Book Depository building, at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets on Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, the location from which the Warren Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.   Interestingly, in December 1999, the Zapruder family donated copyright to the Zapruder film to The Sixth Floor Museum, along with one of the first-generation copies made on November 22, 1963, and other copies of the film. The Zapruder family no longer retains any copyrights to the film, which are now controlled entirely by the museum.   On February 19, 2007, previously unreleased 8 mm film footage of Kennedy's motorcade donated to the museum by George Jefferies and his son-in-law was shown publicly for the first time. The 40-second film, silent and in color, showed the motorcade before the assassination, as well as part of Dealey Plaza the following day. The Jefferies film was described as capturing "a beaming Jacqueline Kennedy", as well as showing Kennedy's suit jacket bunched-up in the back at that moment, about two minutes before Kennedy entered Dealey Plaza.

Angling for a Shot

Just the Facts M'am" Dragnet John F Kennedy, the 35th was assassinated at 12:30 in the afternoon Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. The “facts” as we know them are based on the ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission which concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald before he could stand trial.   Although the Commission's conclusions were initially supported by a majority of the American public, polls conducted between 1966 and 2003 found that as many as 80 percent of Americans have suspected that there was a plot or cover-up. A 1998 CBS News poll showed that 76% of Americans believed the President had been killed as the result of a conspiracy.[6] A 2013 AP poll showed, that although the percentage had fallen, more than 59% of those polled still believed that more than one person was involved in the President's murder.

Mike and Bone, the forensic detectives that they are, spent a over an hour checking out the angles from the Window to see how the Presidential Motorcade would be viewed going down Elm Street towards the I-35 Freeway exit.........

They went to the "X" on Elm Street to look up to the Window to see if Oswald could make the shot.....

They checked out Dealey Plaza......

They walked around the Grassy Knoll,  (with the breakfast burritos that they had at Cafe Brazil, it had become the Gassy Knoll!! )

They came to one inescapable conclusion.....................


Trip Postscript

Fortunately the Boys made their flights just in time since the Secret Service were mow looking for the two rabble rousers that drank all the beer at the Red River Rivalry at the Texas State Fair !!!